April 14, 2013

Hofstra Evens CAA Record with Win over George Mason

from press release

Hempstead, NY – Senior attack Taylor Albright notched a new career-high with five points on three goals and two assists and freshman midfielder/attack Becky Conto established a new career-high with four goals as the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team easily defeated George Mason, 18-7, on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Also assisting greatly in the win was sophomore attack Brittain Altomare, who tied her career-high with seven points on two goals and five assists.

Hofstra never left the outcome in doubt as the Pride avoided going to overtime for the third straight game. The win improved Hofstra's record to 8-6 overall and evened its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) mark at 2-2. George Mason fell to 5-9 and 0-5 in league play.

Conto's new career-high in goals broke her previous season-high of three goals against Temple on March 21. Altomare notched seven points for the third time in her stellar career and for the second time this season as she previously had seven points at Marist on February 26. Albright's previous high was a four-point effort at Drexel in March of 2012.

Hofstra jumped out early in the game as the Pride scored the first six goals of the contest and led 6-0 with 10:29 left in the opening half. The six goals came from five different players as senior midfielder Casey Kellogg was the lone player to notch two goals during the game-opening run.

After Caitlin Formato got George Mason on the board at the 8:07 mark, Hofstra would push the lead to 9-1 as senior attack Claire Brady and Conto each chipped in with their second tally of the game.

Conto would give Hofstra 10-2 lead with her third goal of the opening stanza before back-to-back goals from senior attack Taylor Albright (both assisted by Altomare) to open the second half scoring would give the Pride a ten-goal advantage at 12-2 with 27:06 to play in regulation.

The Pride would continue to add to its advantage and take its largest lead of the game at 18-3 with 6:30 to play on an unassisted goal from junior attack Lindsay McKinnon.

George Mason would score the game's final four goals, including two from Rachel Obregon, to account for the final score of 18-7.

In total, 12 different players found the scoring columns for Hofstra with 10 different goal scorers.

Sophomore defender April Iannetta continued her dominating defensive effort this season as she posted five draw controls, four ground balls and four caused turnovers. All three totals were game-high efforts.

Sophomore goalie Kelsey Gregerson earned her eighth win of the season as she made six saves. Caroline Brouse had 13 saves for George Mason as the Pride outshot the Patriots, 44-20 in the game.

Hofstra was very strong in clears in the contest as they converted 20 out of 21. The Pride also dominated in draw controls as they won 17 of the 27 contested.

Altomare also added a career-high five draw controls in the game, while senior defender Jamie D'Arco added three caused turnovers, two draw controls and two ground balls.

Obregon, Formato and Allie Hilderbrandt each had two goals for George Mason, while Katie Mascolo added three ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover.

Hofstra is next in action on Friday when it hosts Towson at 7 p.m. The Tigers currently lead the CAA with a perfect 5-0 record.


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