March 12, 2011

Rutgers Tops Hofstra in Overtime

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Jill Maier scored five goals to lead Hofstra back from a 7-3 halftime deficit, but Lindsey Watts scored a free position goal 1:46 into the second overtime as the Rutgers Women's Lacrosse team edged Hofstra 11-10 on Saturday afternoon at RU Turf Field.

The loss drops the Pride's record to 2-4 on the season, while Rutgers improves to 5-1 with the narrow win.

Maier twice tied the game for Hofstra in the closing minutes of regulation to help force the extra sessions. Rutgers led 9-7, but a Julia Riemer goal cut the deficit to 9-8, and Maier's fourth goal of the game tied it at 9-9 for the Pride with 8:04 to go.

After Rutgers went ahead 10-9 with 3:32 to play, Maier tied it again at the 1:24 mark to make the score 10-10. Hofstra got the ball back and nearly scored the game-winning goal at the regulation horn after a save from goalkeeper Jackie Pandolf set up a transition attempt, but the officials ruled that the shot was late, sending the game to overtime. The Pride outshot Rutgers 17-9 in the second half, after Rutgers had a 21-5 advantage in the opening half.  

Rutgers took a 7-3 lead into halftime after a late 4-0 spurt. Hofstra tied the score at 3-3 on a goal from Stephanie Rice with 7:16 left in the half, but Rutgers reeled off four goals in the final 4:15 to take a 7-3 lead into the break. Lindsey Watts started the run with a goal at the 4:15 mark, and capped it off with a goal with 12 seconds left.

Rutgers outshot Hofstra 21-5 in the first half, but the Pride regrouped at intermission and scored the first three goals of the second half to get back within 7-6 in quick fashion. Rice scored off a feed from Claire Brady just 39 seconds into the second stanza, and Jenn Ward and Jennalee Trombley tacked on goals to get Hofstra within 7-6 with 25:32 to go. After Marlena Welsh scored for the Scarlet Knights, Maier found the back of the net for the Pride at the 22:47 mark to make the score 8-7.

Rice finished with two goals, one assist, two draw controls and a ground ball for Hofstra, while Pandolf had 13 saves and a team-high four ground balls.  Emily Corzel added two caused turnovers for the Pride.

Watts had five points (three goals, two assists) for the Scarlet Knights, while Ali Steinber added five draw controls, three ground balls, one caused turnover and one goal in the Rutgers win.

Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Penn State for a 7 p.m. contest.

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