April 15, 2011

No. 18 William & Mary Subdues Hofstra

from press release

- Freshman attacker Jenn Ward scored a career-high three goals, but it was not enough as No. 18 William & Mary jumped out to a big lead and held on for a 13-8 victory over Hofstra on Friday evening at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.
Senior defender Katie Hertsch also had a strong game for the Pride as she contributed four draw controls and two caused turnovers to Hofstra's efforts.

Hofstra drops its third straight game and falls to 4-8 overall and 0-3 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. William & Mary improves to 7-5 and 2-1 in league action.

The start of the game was delayed for 40 minutes as two officials were late arriving to the contest. Once the game got underway at 7:40 p.m., William & Mary managed to find the back of the net first as the Tribe scored three times in a 1:11 span and held a 3-0 lead with 22:17 left in the opening stanza following a goal from Maggie Anderson.

After being held scoreless for the first 16-plus minutes of the game, Hofstra would finally get on the board at the 13:26 mark as freshman midfielder Alex Mezzanotte tallied her second career goal on a free-position shot to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Tribe would add to its lead following the Mezzanotte goal, though, as William & Mary scored the final three goals of the half and led 6-1 at the break.

The second half would begin and Hofstra would start the scoring as sophomore attacker Taylor Albright notched a goal just 49 seconds into the half to close the gap to 6-2. Mezzanotte was key again for the Pride as she assisted on the goal.

After a scoreless drought of roughly four minutes in the contest, William & Mary upped its advantage as the Tribe scored two straight goals to open an 8-2 lead with 22:34 left following a tally from Grace Golden.

William & Mary would cruise to the victory at that point as the Tribe went on to earn the 13-8.

Mezzanotte finished with a goal and an assist for the Pride, while also adding two ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover.

Junior goalie Jackie Pandolf faced 36 shots in net for Hofstra and made a career-high 17 saves.

Golden had three goals and an assist for the Tribe, while Kyrstin Mackrides had two goals and two assists. Golden added five caused turnovers, four ground balls and two draw controls.

Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Old Domion for a 1 p.m. contest.

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