LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/24/12
From Press Release
Junior midfielder Jill Maier had a pair of goals and senior midfielder Maryann Miller chipped in with a pair of assists, but Hofstra was unable to rally from a 7-1 halftime deficit as they fell 8-5 to Denver on Friday afternoon at Witter Rugby Field on the campus of Cal-Berkeley.
It was a game of two halves for Hofstra, as the Pride outscored the Pioneers, 4-1, after the break, but the six goal deficit proved to be too much to overcome. The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 2-6 this season, while Denver improves to 5-1 with the win.
Hofstra also outshot Denver, 15-6, in the final 30 minutes after being on the short end of a 24-10 shots ledger in the opening stanza.
Denver scored the first two goals of the game before sophomore midfielder Jenn Ward got Hofstra on the scoreboard at the 17:43 mark. The Pioneers almost immediately responded, though, and scored five straight goals to end the half and take the 7-1 lead into intermission.
After nine scoreless minutes to open the second stanza, Maier found the back of the net off a pass from Miller to closed the gap to five. Just over three minutes later, sophomore attack Lindsay McKinnon kept the momentum on the Pride’s side with her first goal of the game, this one also coming off a pass from Miller.
Jenn Etzel would stop the Pride run with her third goal of the game for the Pioneers before Hofstra kept pushing.
With less than five minutes to play, junior midfielder Emily von Hollen scored a free-position goal to make the score 8-4 and she was followed two minutes later by Maier’s second goal of the game, also a free-position shot, to bring Hofstra to within 8-5.
That would be as close as the Pride would get, though, as neither team scored in the game’s final two minutes.
Sophomore defender Jamie D’Arco and senior goal Jaclyn Pandolf tied for the team lead in ground balls with four. Miller led Hofstra with three draw controls.
Etzel had four points (three goals, one assist) for Denver, while Kate Henrich and Ashley Harman posted four ground balls for the Pioneers.
Pandolf played all 60 minutes in net for the Pride and made 11 saves. Ashley Harman made 11 saves for Denver.