March 5, 2011

Albany Makes Hofstra Second Top 20 Victim

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y.  - Ariana Parker had a game-high seven goals for Albany to overshadow a hat trick from Hofstra sophomore attack Jackie Ardolino as the Great Danes captured a 13-8 decision over the No. 20 Pride on Saturday afternoon at the University at Albany.

Hofstra falls to 2-2 with the loss, while Albany improves to a perfect 3-0 with the win.

Hofstra got off to a hot start in the contest as the Pride led 3-0 after less than three minutes of play courtesy of goals from freshman attack Lindsay McKinnon, junior midfielder Maryann Miller and Ardolino.  McKinnon got Hofstra on the board first at the 28:55 mark before her teammates added goals over the next 1:30 to push the lead to three goals.

Parker would almost single-handedly bring Albany back in the game as she four of the Great Danes next five goals to give the home squad a 5-4 lead with exactly 15 minutes to play in the opening stanza.

Ardolino quickly evened the score at five just 15 seconds later before the Great Danes took control and ended the half with three straight goals to lead 8-5 at the break.

Albany would continue its run to start the second half as they notched the first four goals of the second stanza to open a commanding 12-5 lead with less than nine minutes remaining.

Sophomore midfielder Jill Maier would tally two goals in the last four minutes of the contest for Hofstra, but it would be too late as Albany captured the 13-8 win over the Pride.

Maier added an assist for the Pride to tie her with Ardolino for team-high honors in points.  Senior defender Bettina Mianulli picked up a team-best two ground balls for Hofstra, while junior goalie Jackie Pandolf had 11 saves in net.  Pandolf now has double figure saves in each of Hofstra's first four games this season.

Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts #8 Penn at 3 p.m.

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