March 25, 2009

Hofstra Wins Battle of Long Island

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Junior midfielder Sandy Wasserbach scored a career-high five goals and junior goalie Mary Cuddihy stopped a career-high 11 shots in net to lead the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team to a 15-7 victory over Stony Brook on Wednesday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra trailed 5-1 early in the contest before using a 10-0 run to close the first half to pull away for the eight-goal victory.

The win was the Pride's third straight and improves their record to 6-3 this season. Stony Brook dropped its fourth straight contest to fall to 3-8 this season.

Stony Brook would jump out to an early 5-1 lead as Melissa Cook tallied two goals in the first 14 minutes of the game to give the Seawolves the early advantage. With 17:01 left in the opening stanza, Wasserbach would kick-start Hofstra on the 10-0 that saw the Pride eventually lead 11-5 after a free-position goal from junior midfielder Corrine Gandolfi with 24 seconds left before intermission.

Wasserbach would score four of her five goals during the run, including a free-position goal with 5:34 left in the half that knotted the score at five. Junior midfielder Liz Falco put Hofstra ahead to stay less than a minute later off an assist from Gandolfi, who tallied two goals and one assist in the contest.

Falco finished with three goals, while junior midfielder K'Leigh Vanaman added one goal and two assists in the game. Sophomore defender Katie Hertsch posted five draw controls and three ground balls to lead the Pride defensively, with senior defender Alysse Ruszkowski adding three caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls.

Kaitlin Leggio led Stony Brook with one goal and four assists, while Cook and Jenna Celano each added a pair of goals. Samantha Djaha had four ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Seawolves, with Mickey Cahill making nine saves.

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