February 23, 2013

Smith Has Hofstra Off to Best Start Since 2009

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Alex Mezzanotte led the Pride with three goals and sophomore defender April Iannetta had a strong game defensively with four caused turnovers as the Hofstra women’s lacrosse team continued its undefeated start to the season with a 13-11 win over Colgate on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

It was a balanced scoring attack for Hofstra in the victory as five different players had at least two goals for the Pride, led by Mezzanotte’s first three tallies of the 2013 campaign.

Junior defender Jamie D’Arco led Hofstra with three draw controls, while freshman defender Shelby Milne and Mezzanotte each added four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Hofstra, under first-year head coach Shannon Smith, moved to 3-0 to equal the best start for the Pride since 2009.  The last time Hofstra began a season with at least four straight wins was in 2005 when the Pride started 4-0.

Colgate dropped its first game of the season in falling to 2-1.

For the first time this season Hofstra scored the first goal of the contest as senior midfielder Jill Maier found the back of the net just 19 seconds into the game off an assist from freshman midfielder Becky Conto.

After Colgate knotted the score at one less than a minute later, Hofstra used a 4-0 scoring run to open a 5-1 advantage with 18:48 to play before intermission.  As mentioned before it was a balanced attack as the first five goals of the game came from five different goal scorers for the Pride.  All four during the run were also unassisted with sophomore attack Brittain Altomare, freshman attack Emily Considine, junior attack Julia Riemer and Mezzanotte scoring to allow Hofstra to take the four-goal advantage.

It was a high-scoring first half as the two squads combined for 16 goals with Hofstra leading 9-7 at the break.  The Raiders battled back from the early deficit to knot the score at seven on an unassisted goal from Amanda O’Sullivan with 3:18 to play before halftime.  
Hofstra would take all the momentum into the break, though, as Altomare put the Pride back in front with a goal with 24 seconds left in the half and Maier gave Hofstra a two-goal advantage as she found the back of the net with nine seconds remaining off an assist from senior midfielder Emily von Hollen.

Colgate opened the scoring in the second half as Lauren Gorajeck scored to start the stanza, but Hofstra answered in a big way to put the game away.

Riemer scored her second of the game at the 26:22 mark to begin a 4-0 scoring run for Hofstra that allowed the Pride to take a commanding 13-8 lead with 16:47 left in regulation.

Mezzanotte, Considine and von Hollen also scored during the run to put the game out of reach.

Colgate closed the game with three straight goals but Hofstra had all the breathing room it would need as they held on for the two-goal victory.

Altomare, Riemer, Maier and Considine all had two goals for Hofstra, while Conto and von Hollen each had two points on a goal and an assist.  Iannetta chipped in with an assist, a ground ball and a draw control in addition to her stellar defensive game.

Kate Sheridan led Colgate with five points on a goal and four assists, while Gorajek (three goals, one assist) and O’Sullivan (two goals and two assists) each added four points.

Sophomore goalie Kelsey Gregerson had seven saves for Hofstra as she improved to 3-0 this season.  Jennie Berglin had eight saves in a losing effort.

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