February 13, 2011

Hofstra Starts Season Against BC

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team will open the 2011 season at home on Wednesday when it takes on Boston College at James M. Shuart Stadium. The first draw control is scheduled for 4 p.m. between the No. 20 Pride and the No. 19 Eagles.

2011 Hofstra Women's Lacrosse Season Outlook
The Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team enters the 2011 season looking to build off a strong 2010 campaign. The Pride posted a 12-6 record and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship game last season, and a final national ranking of #15.

Taking that next step won't be easy as the team did graduate six of its top nine scorers, including two-time All-American Corrine Gandolfi and IWLCA All-Region pick Liz Falco. The Hofstra defense took less of a hit, losing two starters. But fifth -year Head Coach Abby Morgan returns a solid nucleus and has added a talented recruiting class, and believes that her team can be in contention for a title once again.

In looking at the roster, it is easy to see the cause of Morgan's optimism. Senior Stephanie Rice and sophomore Jill Maier can both provide scoring punch, while the defense is anchored by senior All-CAA selection Katie Hertsch , who was selected to play on the U.S. Senior National Team. While the graduated Mary Cuddihy may have started 15 of 18 games last season in goal, junior Jackie Pandolf saw action in 15 games and made three starts, and has played in 25 career games, so a lack of experience in the cage will not be an issue.

Here is a look at the 2011 Pride by position:

Rice leads a talented group of players at attack and will be looked upon to be a scoring leader for the Pride. As a junior, Rice tallied 23 goals and two assists for 25 points. The versatile Rice could also see action in the Hofstra midfield. Sophomore Claire Brady will also play a big role in 2011 after playing in 17 games off the bench last season. Brady was an adept playmaker as a freshman with six goals and 15 assists, a total that ranked second to Gandolfi's 22.

Sophomore Jackie Ardolino was one of nine double-digit goal scorers in 2010 as she recorded 15 goals and four assists on the season. After a collegiate season under her belt, Morgan is expecting even better things from the former three-time All-New York State selection who recorded 369 goals during her scholastic career. Morgan also expects big things from freshman Lindsay McKinnon , who was an All-American last season after scoring 47 goals and adding 68 assists at Fairport (NY) High School.

Sophomores Lauren Chandler and Taylor Albright will both look to increase their playing time in 2011 and become regulars in the attack rotation. Chandler played in eight games as a freshman and recorded five goals and one assist, while Albright scored three goals in nine games.

Freshmen Julia Riemer and Calli Foley will push for playing time as well. Riemer was an Under Armour All-American in 2009 at Hereford High School in Maryland, while Foley led her Gwynedd (PA) Mercy Academy team in scoring in two of her four seasons.

Maier, who scored 22 goals and added eight assists and 18 draw controls, returns to a midfield position after starting seven of 18 games as a freshman. She earned CAA All-Rookie honors and was a two-time CAA Rookie of the Week. Red-shirt sophomore Maryann Miller returns in 2011 after missing last season due to injury. Miller's return is welcomed as she provides another scoring threat after posting 12 goals during her freshman campaign. Miller could also slide to attack when necessary.

Senior Jennalee Trombley started 17 of 18 games last season and provides a strong defensive presence at midfield. Trombley posted 13 ground balls and nine caused turnovers in 2010 to go along with two goals and two assists. Sophomore Casey Kellogg also is a strong defensive midfielder who can provide a bit of scoring punch. She played in all 18 games as a freshman and tallied nine goals and an assist, as well as 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Four true freshmen, as well as a sophomore who missed all of last season, will also look to make an impact on the Pride's midfield. Alex Mezzanotte was a standout at John Carroll High School in Maryland and helped her team to two IAAM Class A conference championships. Sophomore Emily von Hollen missed all of 2010 due to injury and will look to return to the form that saw her help her Severna Park High School team to three Class 3A/4A Maryland Championship teams from 2007 to 2009. Jenn Ward joins the Pride after earning first team all-county accolades as a junior and senior at Fallston (MD) High School. Liz Anders joins the squad from Maryvale Preparatory School in Maryland, while Chelsea Blanchette was team Most Valuable Player at Exeter (NH) High School.

The Pride's defensive unit is probably the most experienced segment of the team led by Hertsch and classmate Bettina Mia nulli. Hertsch was a first team all-region and all-conference selection in 2010 after posting 34 ground balls, 31 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers on the season. Mia nulli started 17 of 18 games last season and picked up 16 ground balls. Mia nulli is a lockdown crease defender who serves as the "glue" for the defensive unit.

Sophomore Emily Corzel is also expected to see a great deal of action on the back line. Corzel started 10 of 16 games during her rookie season and had 15 ground balls. Senior Alexandra Hannon and juniors Lizzie Zorovich and Chrissy Jones will likely see significant action as well. Hannon played in seven games as a junior, Zorovich appeared in 13 contests and Jones scooped up 10 ground balls in 18 games as a sophomore.

Freshmen Sam Greiber and Jamie D'Arco will look to break into the lineup after posting outstanding scholastic careers. Greiber picked up 45 ground balls and added 20 draw controls as a senior at the Severn School in Maryland, while D'Arco was an All-Washington Post selection at Good Counsel High School in Maryland after recording 45 ground balls, 30 caused turnovers and 10 draw controls as a senior.

Pandolf was 3-0 on the season and had an 8.26 goals against average and 56 saves. Pandolf had several strong performances in the cage including a win off the bench over Towson in the CAA Semifinals, allowing no goals in 14:12.

Freshman Hannah Whiteley will back-up Pandolf after being named to the Under Armour All-America Team and earning all-county honors at Dulaney High School in Maryland.

Hofstra's 16-game slate features 11 opponents that won at least 10 games last season and four schools that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

"Our 2011 schedule follows the tradition that has been set here at Hofstra," commented Morgan. "We continue to play top notch non-conference opponents to prepare us for our competitive Colonial Athletic Association schedule. Coming off a year in which two CAA teams made the NCAA Tournament, we need to compete against the best in the country to achieve our post-season goals."

Hofstra's nine non-conference opponents in 2011 put together a combined winning percentage of 66% (102-52) in 2010, with the University of Pennsylvania leading the way with a 15-4 mark last season.

Penn is one of two teams on the Pride's schedule that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament last season, with James Madison being the other. In addition to those two schools, Notre Dame and Towson are the other two opponents on the schedule that made the NCAA Tournament.

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