April 22, 2011

Hofsta Downs GMU for First CAA Victory

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore midfielder Jill Maier had a career day with seven points on five goals and two assists to lead the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team to a dominating 16-7 victory over George Mason on Friday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The seven points broke her previous career-high of six points set against Denver on February 25 of this season.

Hofstra improves to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with the victory, while ending a four-game losing skid.  George Mason slips to 3-13 and 0-6 in league play with the defeat.

Maier was all over the field in the first half as she accounted for seven points in the opening twenty minutes on five goals and two assists.  By halftime she had already established a new career-high in points, breaking the mark of six points she tallied against Denver earlier this season.

Hofstra scored the game’s first three goals as Maier scored the first two and then senior midfielder Jennalee Trombley added the third off a feed from Maier.

George Mason would close the gap to 4-2 roughly halfway through the opening stanza before the Pride pulled away down the stretch in the first half and scored the final five goals of the stanza to lead 9-2 at the break.  Maier scored two straight after the Patriots had got to within 4-2 and then scored the final goal of the opening half with 2:29 left on the clock.

Hofstra was never challenged in the second half and took its largest lead of the game at 15-4 with 14:55 left on a goal from freshman attacker Lindsay McKinnon .  Maier wasn’t able to tie her career-high of six goals (set against Denver) as she was held without a point in the final 30 minutes.

Four different players added two goals for the Pride as Trombley, senior attacker Stephanie Rice , freshman attacker Jenn Ward and McKinnon all chipped in with a pair of goals.  Freshman midfielder Alex Mezzanotte was second on the team in scoring in the contest with one goal and three assists.

Senior defender Katie Hertsch led Hofstra with five draw controls and also added a pair of ground balls.  Mezzanotte posted a team-best five ground balls, while junior goalie Jackie Pandolf added four.  Pandolf made five saves en route to her fifth win of the season.

Emily Ellisen led George Mason with three goals, while Chelsea Gamble added two and Madalyn Jamison had a goal and an assist.  Brittany Pastrana had 14 saves in a losing effort.

Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when it hosts James Madison at 1 p.m.  The Pride will honor its six seniors in a ceremony prior to the contest.

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