By Joe Pantorno, Assistant Sports Editor
The Hofstra University women's lacrosse team extended its losing streak to four games after an 11-10 overtime loss to Rutgers on Saturday and a 16-7 loss at the hands of Penn State on Wednesday.
Rutgers looked to be cruising to a comfortable win on Saturday when the Scarlet Knights hit the locker room with a 7-3 lead at half time. The Pride was outshot 21-5 in the first 30 minutes of play.
Sophomore attacker Jill Maier brought Hofstra back to life after the break, scoring three of her five goals in the second half, her last coming with 1:24 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 10 and send it into overtime.
No one could find the net in the first overtime with Rutgers dominating most of the possession.
Rutgers' hard work finally paid off just 1:46 into the second overtime when Lindsey Watts scored from a free position chance.
Maier was able to lead the Pride in its next game against Penn State with a team-high three goals, but Hofstra was not able to create any magic to come back against the Nittany Lions.
Hofstra kept the game close in the first half and though it was outshot 16-7, the Pride only trailed 5-3.
Junior goalkeeper Jackie Pandolf saw a lot of action, making 12 saves, but Penn States attack proved to be too much, blowing the game open with 11 goals in the second half.
Sophomore attacker Claire Brady added one goal and two assists to the Pride total.
Hofstra drops to 2-5 on the season but will return home on Saturday for a matchup against Notre Dame at 12 p.m.