April 5, 2013

Hofstra Has No Problem With Old Dominion

from press release

NORFOLK, Va. – Freshman attack/midfield Becky Conto established a new Hofstra individual season-high with a career-high nine draw controls and sophomore attack Brittain Altomare added four points on three goals and one assist to lead the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team to a dominating 15-6 victory over Old Dominion in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener for the Pride on Friday evening at the L.R. Hill Complex.

Senior attack Taylor Albright tied Altomare for the team-high in goals as she notched a hat trick in the contest, while senior midfielder Maryann Miller and freshman attack Emily Considine each picked up a team-best three ground balls.

Hofstra improves to 7-4 overall and 1-0 in CAA play with the victory, while Old Dominion falls to 3-9 and 1-1 in league action.

The opening of the game was a back and forth affair that looked to set the stage for a close contest throughout.

Old Dominion got on the board first with an unassisted goal at the 29:23 mark from Emily Austerberry. The Pride would take its first lead of the game as they scored the next two goals of the contest with junior attack Julia Riemer and Albright finding the back of the net and giving Hofstra a 2-1 advantage with 17:08 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Lady Monarchs would hold Hofstra scoreless for nearly a 12-minute stretch following those goals as ODU regained the lead at the 6:11 mark following Austerberry's second tally of the contest.

Hofstra would eventually take a 5-3 lead into the break as the Pride got goals from Considine, senior midfielder Casey Kellogg and Albright to earn the two-goal lead. The goal from Kellogg gave Hofstra the lead back at 4-3 with 28 seconds left before Albright allowed Hofstra to head into halftime with all the momentum as she scored with four seconds remaining in the half.

The second stanza would be all Hofstra as the Pride scored the first six goals of the half to open up a 11-3 lead with 10:17 remaining after a goal from Altomare. Hofstra's stellar defense would hold the Lady Monarchs without a goal for over a 28-minute stretch spanning the two halves.

Sophomore defender April Iannetta had a strong effort for Hofstra in the second half as she assisted on two of the Pride's goals, while Altomare had all three of her goals in the second half. In the contest, Iannetta had five draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover in addition to her two assists.

Hofstra would eventually scored a season-high 15 goals in the game as they were never challenged after notching the first six goals of the second half. It broke the previous season-high of 14 goals scored at Marist on February 27.

Hofstra controlled the draw controls in the game as they won 15 of the 23 contested.

It was a balanced scoring attack for the Pride in its CAA opener as ten different players scored goals for the Pride.

Austerberry and Standing each tallied two goals for Old Dominion, which also got three caused turnovers and two ground balls from Alexandra Burns.

Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when it travels to William & Mary for a 1 p.m. contest.

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