LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/28/12
From Press Release
The Hofstra women’s lacrosse team gave two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion James Madison all it could handle before falling, 10-9, in the semifinals of the CAA Championship at the Tiger Soccer Complex in Towson, Md.
A balanced scoring attack allowed the Pride to hold a late 9-8 lead before ultimately falling to the Dukes. Junior midfielder Jill Maier led Hofstra with two goals, while sophomore attackers Jenn Ward and Alex Mezzanotte added a goal and an assist.
The game marked the final contest in the careers of Hofstra’s four seniors (Chrissy Jones, Genna Kovar, Elizabeth Zorovich and Jaclyn Pandolf).
Hofstra ends its season with a record of 5-12, while James Madison improves to 11-6 and advances to the CAA title game on Sunday at 2 p.m. against top-seeded Towson.
Senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf and redshirt senior midfielder Maryann Miller earned all-tournament honors for their efforts in the game as Pandolf had nine saves and three ground balls, while Miller chipped in with a goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
The first half was a game of runs as Hofstra opened up the game with two straight goals, courtesy of junior attackersTaylor Albright and Claire Brady. With the Pride ahead 2-0 just over two minutes into the contest, James Madison roared back and used a 4-0 scoring run to lead 4-2 with 13:31 left in the opening stanza following a goal from Amy Roguski.
Looking to take the momentum into the break, Hofstra closed the half with a 4-1 scoring run to lead 6-5 at halftime. Miller started the run, and she was joined in the scoring column by Maier, sophomore midfielder Liz Anders and Ward.
The two squads would alternate goal scoring over the first 20-plus minutes of the second stanza as Hofstra would continue to hold a one-goal advantage heading into the final minutes.
Each time James Madison scored to even the score in the second half, Hofstra had an answer as sophomore attacker Lindsay McKinnon would give Hofstra its last lead of the game at 9-8 with 9:50 showing on the clock.
Neither team would find the back of the net for the next six-plus minutes until Ashley Kimener scored for the Dukes with 3:35 remaining in regulation to knot the score at nine.
Roguski would score the game-winner for the Dukes with just 2:14 left to play, sending James Madison to the conference championship game.
Maier added four draw controls for the Pride, while freshman defender Abby Wilson contributed a team-best two caused turnovers.
Roguski and Kimener led James Madison with three goals, while Monica Zabel had a goal and four assists for the Dukes.