March 18, 2009

Pride Pounces on Mount St. Mary's

from press release

Emmitsburg, MD -- Junior attack Ashley Jones had a game-high five points and junior midfielder Corrine Gandolfi added four points to help the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team rebound from an early 4-1 deficit en route to a 19-5 rout of Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday afternoon in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Jones had three goals and two assists, while Gandolfi added three goals and one assist in helping the Pride recover from a 4-1 hole with 11:12 left in the opening half.

The win ended a three-game losing skid for the Pride, with all three losses coming against ranked teams. Mount St. Mary's falls to 0-8 with the loss.

Training by three goals with just over 10 minutes left in the first stanza, junior midfielder K'Leigh Vanaman started a half-closing run that would see Hofstra score seven unanswered goals in just under nine minutes of action to take a 7-4 lead into the break. 

Seven different goal scorers would find the back of the net during the run to end the first half, with Gandolfi accounting for a two points with a goal and an assist. 

The Pride would begin to pull away to start the second stanza as they opened the final half with five straight goals to lead 13-4 with 24:17 remaining in regulation.  A goal from Lucy Pompa of Mount St. Mary's would end the run but Hofstra would score the game's final seven goals to account for the 19-5 final score.  In all Hofstra outscored the Mount, 12-1, after intermission and outshot the home team 20-9 after halftime. 

Senior defender Alysse Ruszkowski had team-highs of four ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead the way defensively for the Pride, with freshman midfielder Maryann Miller adding three goals and sophomore attack Stephanie Rice and senior attack Cat Thoreson each scoring a pair of goals.

Junior goalie Mary Cuddihy earned the win for the Pride with three saves in 46:18 minutes of action.

For Mount St. Mary's, Ashley Johnson had two goals and one assist, while Aly Jost picked up four ground balls.

Hofstra will finish its current four-game road trip next Monday when they travel toRutgers for a 7 p.m. contest.  The Pride will next be in action at James M. Shuart Stadium on Wednesday, March 25 when they host Long Island rival Stony Brook at 7 p.m.



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