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Women’s lacrosse: Pandolf (Sachem North) excels in goal for Hofstra in loss to No. 3 Maryland

Monday, 5th March 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/5/12
From Press Release
Senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf (Sachem North) made another huge statement for the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team as the fourth-year goalkeeper was superb in net for the Pride, making a career-high 20 saves, but No. 3 Maryland pulled away late for an 11-4 victory over Hofstra.

Pandolf has now made 63 saves through five games this season, an average of nearly 13 per game, and made several point-blank saves on the Terrapins, who came in having scored 77 games through their first five contests.

Freshman midfielder April Iannetta (Wantagh) led Hofstra in scoring with a goal and an assist, along with a ground ball and a draw control. Senior defender Elizabeth Zorovich posted a team-best four ground balls, while sophomore defender Jamie D’Arco had a team-high three caused turnovers and added three ground balls. Pandolf added three ground balls to her career-high saves total.

Katie Schwarzmann had three goals and two assists to lead Maryland, while Kristy Black (1 goal, two assists) and Alex Aust (2 goals, 1 assist) each added three points.

Hofstra stood toe-to-toe with the nation’s number three ranked team for a large amount of the contest, and had a chance late in the first half to close the gap to one. Trailing 6-4 with just over four minutes to play before the break, Hofstra sophomore midfielder Alex Mezzanotte had a chance to close the deficit to 6-5, but was stopped by Maryland goalie Brittany Dipper with 4:07 to play. The Terrapins then went down the field and pushed the advantage to three, 7-4, as Bria Phillips swung the momentum back on Maryland’s side with her first tally of the 2012 campaign.

Hofstra falls to 2-3 with the loss, while Maryland improves to 5-1 with the victory.

The Pride got on the board first in the contest as sophomore midfielder Jenn Ward scored her seventh of the season, off an assist from freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare, to open up the 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game.

After a pair of goals from the Terrapins, senior midfielder Maryann Miller found the back of the net at the 24:34 mark to knot the score at two.

With the game tied at two, Maryland would take its first extended lead of the contest as Schwarzmann started a 3-0 scoring run with a free-position goal, that eventually put the visitors ahead 5-2 with 13:03 left in the first half following an unassisted goal from Beth Glaros.

Hofstra would then score two of the next three goals in the game, coming off the sticks of sophomore attacker Lindsay McKinnon and Iannetta, to bring the Pride to within 6-4 with 6:28 showing on the clock. That would set up the important end to the first half that saw the Terrapins take control with the Phillips goal with 3:33 left.

The second half would see Hofstra hold Maryland to just four goals, but the Pride was unable to find the net as the Terrapins ended up on the winning end of the 11-4 final tally.

Pandolf made 13 saves in the second half alone as Maryland outshot the Pride, 18-7, after intermission.

For the contest, Hofstra had 16 ground balls to the Terrapins 15. Draw controls were also fairly even as Maryland held a slight 10-7 advantage in that category.

Dipper made nine saves in net for Maryland to earn the win. Iliana Sanza had a game-high three draw controls for the Terrapins.

Hofstra returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Rutgers at 12 p.m. That contest is part of a doubleheader with the Pride men’s lacrosse team as they will host Notre Dame at 3 p.m.

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