April 19, 2009

Playoff-Bound Tribe Upsets No. 20 Hofstra

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games and clinched a berth in the conference tournament for the second consecutive season with a 19-13 victory against No. 20 Hofstra on Senior Day at Albert-Daly Field on Sunday afternoon.

After a low-scoring first half in which the Tribe (9-6, 5-1) built a 5-2 lead, the squad erupted for 14 goals after the intermission to pull away for the victory.

Sophomores Grace Golden and Ashley Holofcener both scored their 100th career points, as Golden (105) totaled six points on five goals and one assist and Holofcener (100) added a pair of assists. With 26 assists this season, Holofcener also pulled into a tie with Amy Pugno for second place on the program's single-season list. In addition to her six points, Golden's stat line also included five draw controls, three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Senior Julia Martin also had a Senior Day to remember, as she registered a career-high six points on two goals and four assists. Junior Katie Rees came up big with a career-high four goals, while sophomores Molly Wannen and Maggie Anderson both recorded hat tricks with three goals apiece.

It was a defensive battle for much of the opening half, as W&M gradually built a 3-0 lead with less than 10 minutes showing on the clock. Wannen and Anderson both scored on free position shots during the first nine minutes of play, and Golden provided the third goal on an assist from Wannen with 8:15 remaining.

Although Hofstra finally got on the scoreboard when Katie Hertsch found the back of the cage at the 5:30 mark, the College responded with a pair of goals by Golden to push the margin to 5-1. Hofstra got a goal back in the final minute, however, on a score by Liz Falco.

While the Pride tallied the initial goal of the second half with 29:11 showing, the Tribe countered with goals by Martin and Golden during less than a minute span to take a 7-3 advantage. However, HU registered four of the next five goals to draw within just one, 8-7, with a little less than 25 minutes remaining.

After the trading a pair of goals, the Tribe broke the contest open with a 7-2 run. Wannen ignited the pivotal stretch with a free position goal at 21:01, while Anderson scored on a feed from Holofcener less than a minute later. Although HU's Stephanie Rice got a goal back at 17:25, W&M countered with three unanswered scores to extend its lead to 15-10. Senior Clare Dennis and Golden both found the back of the cage on free position shots, while Rees finished off a fast break on a nice pass from Martin. Goals by Wannen and Rees finished off the game-altering stretch and gave the Green and Gold a 17-11 cushion with less than five minutes remaining.

Hofstra's Corrine Gandolfi tallied a pair of late goals to bring the Pride within four, 17-13, with 3:24 remaining, but Rees and Martin registered scores of their own in the final minute to seal the victory.

The Tribe will wrap up the regular season when it plays at Old Dominion on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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