LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/14/12
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Freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare had a team-best three goals and Hofstra battled No. 11 Penn State back and forth throughout, but a 3-0 PSU scoring run early in the second half proved to be the difference as Hofstra dropped an 11-9 decision to the Nittany Lions on this afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Hofstra falls to 2-5 with its third straight loss, while Penn State improves to 6-2 with its fifth win in its last six games. The loss was the Pride’s third this season against a ranked opponent, with two of those outcomes by two goals (12-10 loss at No. 13 Boston College on February 25 and today).
Senior midfielder Maryann Miller added two goals for the Pride, while junior midfielder Casey Kellogg had a strong game defensively for Hofstra with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Both totals were team-highs for Kellogg and also marked new career-highs for the third year player.
Junior midfielder Emily von Hollen opened the scoring in the contest as she put the Pride ahead 1-0 with a free-position goal at the 28:12 mark of the first half.
The lead would be short-lived for Hofstra, though, as Penn State scored four straight goals, including three from Tatum Coffey, to lead 4-1 with 24:59 showing on the clock. All three of Coffey’s goals were of the free-position variety, and she finished with five goals in the game.
Hofstra slowly chipped away at the deficit, and closed the half with a 4-1 scoring run to knot the score at six heading into the break. Altomare led the charge for the Pride as she had Hofstra’s first two goals during the half-ending run, while junior midfielder Jill Maier and Miller added the other goals. Maier’s goal with 6:36 left in the half was her first tally since notching five goals in the Pride’s win over Drexel on March 1.
Penn State slowly built a three-goal lead early in the second stanza as Kelly Lechner scored an unassisted goal with 29:12 on the clock to start the crucial 3-0 Nittany Lion run. Molly Fernandez’s goal with 16 minutes remaining would make the score 9-6 in favor of the visitors before Hofstra attempted to rally.
Miller scored her second of the game with 13:16 left and after Coffey pushed the lead back to three goals, 10-7, with 7:14 to play, freshman midfielder April Iannetta once again brought the Pride within two with an unassisted goal with just under four minutes remaining.
Coffey proved to be too much, though, as she scored Penn State’s final goal of the game with 1:53 showing on the clock to offset Altomare’s third of the game with 69 seconds left and Penn State narrowly held on for the 11-9 victory.
It was a very even contest as Penn State held a narrow edge in shots (24-22) and ground balls (17-16), while the Pride led the way in saves (11-6). Draw controls were even as each squad won 11.
Senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf had another strong game in net for the Pride as she posted a game-high 11 saves, while also adding two ground balls. Junior attack Claire Brady had two assists to lead Hofstra. Maier had a game-high six draw controls to go along with a goal and an assist.
Lechner posted three goals and five ground balls for Penn State, while Mackenzie Cyr added a goal and two assists. Dana Cahill made six saves for Penn State to earn the victory.
Florida 17, Stony Brook 4
Junior Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) scored two goals, but No. 19 Stony Brook succumbed to No. 6/5 Florida at Dizney Field.
Stony Brook falls to 5-2 on the season while Florida improves to 7-2. The Seawolves, playing their first-ever game as a nationally ranked team, struggled with the Gators potent offense as they were outshot 28-11.
Junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) and freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) also scored goals for the Seawolves. The Gators were led by Caroline Chesterman’s five goals.
“We didn’t have a great level of ‘compete’ today,” head coach Joe Spallina said. “We didn’t play extraordinarily well on either end of the field. But we’re a young team, and we’ll bounce back from this, and we’ll get better starting tomorrow.”
SBU fell behind 2-0 in the first five minutes of the match. In the ensuing 10 minutes, Hillier had a free position attempt hit the crossbar and Cook had a free position attempt stopped by Florida goalkeeper Cara Cannington. Cook finally got the Seawolves on the board with a goal at 16:41.
Cook scored again, man up at 3:09, but the Seawolves went into halftime down 5-2.
Florida scored 40 seconds into the second half and built a 7-2 advantage before Kupres tallied a goal on an assist from senior Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.). Florida then answered with two goals in a 28-second span to go up 10-3 with 22 minutes remaining in the match.
Stony Brook got as close as six goals, 10-4, after Petersen scored man down at 19:32, but the Gators clamped down on defense, won the draw controls and didn’t allow the Seawolves a shot the rest of the game.