April 14, 2014

Hofstra Tops Dartmouth, Snaps Six-Game Skid

from press release

Hanover, N.H. – Junior attacker Brittain Altomare had a goal and three assists, while junior defender April Iannetta led Hofstra with two goals as the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team ended a six-game losing skid with a 9-8 road win over Dartmouth on Monday afternoon.

The win improves Hofstra's record to 6-8, while Dartmouth falls to 5-7 with the loss. The game was the Pride's final non-conference game this season.

A tightly-contested battle saw neither team take larger than a two-goal advantage as the Big Green went into the halftime break with a 6-4 lead as they scored their sixth goal of the opening half with just two seconds left before the intermission.

Hofstra took its first lead of the game at the 24:29 mark of the first half as sophomore Emily Consdine scored off an assist from junior attacker Sam Lenox. That goal came on the heels of a free-position goal from senior midfielder Alexandra Mezzanotte.

After the team exchanged goals, Hofstra would even the contest at four as Lenox scored her 13th of the season with 11:45 remaining in the opening half.

Hofstra would need to rally in the second half as the Pride entered the game having lost all four games in which they trailed at the break. The Pride would turn their fortunes around in the second stanza as two quick goals from Hofstra evened the score at six with 27:11 left in regulation following goals from Iannetta and Altomare.

The game would head into the final minutes with Hofstra needing to make another rally as Dartmouth took an 8-7 advantage off a Sarah Byrne goal with 8:04 left.

Senior attacker Julia Riemer helped the Pride even the score at eight with 7:46 to go before Iannetta and Altomare teamed up for a clutch game-winner with Iannetta scoring her second of the game with 4:24 to play.

Hofstra would then hold on for the one-goal win, setting itself up for run to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship with only conference games remaining on the slate.

Mezzanotte finished with a goal and an assist and Lenox joined her with identical offensive numbers.

Altomare added a game-best six draw controls, while Iannetta totaled two caused turnovers and two draw controls to her goal total. Junior goalie Kelsey Gregerson had three ground balls and four saves.

Jaclyn Leto scored a game-high three goals for Dartmouth and added three draw controls. Liz Calby added one goal and two assists for the Big Green, while Danielle Lisovicz had two ground balls and one caused turnover.

With her three assists in the game, Altomare now has 81 in her spectacular career and needs just one to tie Kathleen McPike (1998-2001) and Kimberly Hillier (2004-07) for first place all-time in program history.

Hofstra returns to action on Friday when it travels to William & Mary for a 7 p.m. contest.

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