March 17, 2013

Hofstra Snaps Skid with Win at Quinnipiac

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore attack Brittain Altomare had a game-high five points on three goals and two assists, while senior midfielder Maryann Miller had a career-high six ground balls, along with a goal and a caused turnover to lead the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team to a 12-8 victory over Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The win ends a short three-game losing skid for Hofstra, which improves to 5-3 with the victory. Quinnipiac, which got three goals from Michaela Tinsley and three assists from Sarah Allen, falls to 2-5 with the loss.

It was a dominating effort by the Pride as Hofstra out-shot the Bobcats, 43-19, and also had 32 ground balls compared to 14 for Quinnipiac. Hofstra also had 14 caused turnovers in the game, led by four from senior defender Jamie D'Arco.

Senior midfielder Emily von Hollen, who had a pair of goals in the game, opened the scoring in the contest at the 22:28 mark with a goal off an assist from Altomare.

Quinnipiac would take its only lead of the contest shortly thereafter, though, as back-to-back goals from the Bobcats gave the visitors a 2-1 lead following a tally from Kyra Ochwat at the 17:33 mark.

Hofstra would take over from that point, as the Pride scored the final three goals of the half to take a two-goal (4-2) advantage into the break. Three different players found the back of the net for Hofstra as von Hollen scored to start the run and was followed by freshman attack Emily Considine and sophomore defender April Iannetta.

The Bobcats would close the gap to 4-3 as they opened the second half scoring before Considine scored again to push the lead to 5-3 just 24 seconds after Quinnipiac had made it a one goal game.

The two squads would battle back and forth over the next few minutes with Hofstra holding a slight 7-5 lead before two straight goals from Altomare gave the Pride a commanding 9-5 lead with 6:47 to play in the second stanza.

Altomare would complete her hat trick with 4:54 left as she tallied an unassisted goal, and the Pride's final tally of the contest came off the stick of Miller with 33 seconds to play.

Iannetta had another solid outing with four ground balls, three caused turnovers, two draw controls and two goals. Freshman midfielder Becky Conto led Hofstra with four draw controls, while junior midfielder Alex Mezzanottechipped in with three ground balls and two goals.

Chelsea Guerrera had five draw controls and a goal for the Bobcats, while Samantha Tilts made 11 saves in net for the Bobcats.

Sophomore goalie Kelsey Gregerson earned her fifth win of the year for Hofstra as she made five saves for the Pride.

Hofstra returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Temple at 3 p.m.

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