March 9, 2011

Penn Gets Methodical in Triumph of Hofsta

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Giulia Giordano had three goals and an assist to lead six Penn scorers as the fourth-ranked Quakers posted an 8-4 victory over Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium Wednesday afternoon. Penn improves to 3-0 on the season, while Hofstra drops to 2-3.
The Quakers used a methodical attack to open up a 3-0 lead midway through the first half. Erin Brennan scored off a pass from Giordano at the 3:32 mark to open the scoring. Giordano scored nearly 10 minutes later when she converted a pass from Bridget Waclawik for a 2-0 lead. Waclawik closed out the run with an unassisted tally at the 16:51 mark.

Maryann Miller put the Pride on the scoreboard with 5:40 left in the half as she scored the first of her two goals on the afternoon off a free position attempt. But Tory Bensen put the Quakers back up by three, 4-1, with an unassisted goal with 3:02 on the clock. The Pride pressed on and drew a foul with under 10 seconds left in the half, resulting in a free position shot. Claire Brady converted the shot and Hofstra trailed, 4-2 at the half.

Stephanie Rice cut the Pride deficit to 4-3 with a free position goal 2:21 into the half. But that was as close as Hofstra would get as Penn ran off four consecutive goals over an 11-minute span to take an 8-4 lead following Kelly McCallion's goal off a rebound with 13:38 remaining. Miller closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 7:09 to go.

Hofstra goalkeeper Jackie Pandolf made 13 saves on the afternoon and kept the Pride in the contest. Her Penn counterpart, Emily Leitner, had nine saves on the day. The eight goals allowed was a season low for the Pride. Conversely, Hofstra's four goals were also a season-low.

The Quakers outshot the Pride, 25-18, and held a 13-10 advantage in ground balls.

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