By Lauren del ValleSTAFF WRITER
Over the weekend, Hofstra’s women’s lacrosse lost in triple overtime 9-8 to James Madison University and defeated George Mason University handedly, winning 18-7. The Pride is now 8-6 overall and 2-2 in CAA conference play.
Freshman attacker/midfielder Becky Conto received her third CAA award of the season with Rookie of the Week. Conto contributed four draw controls in the heartbreaking JMU loss and a career-high and record-high four goals in the sweep of George Mason.
Sophomore defender April Iannetta joined in Conto’s success. Iannetta is this week’s GoHofstra.com Student-Athlete of the Week for her outstanding defensive play. Iannetta leads the team with 45 draw controls and 27 caused turnovers.
The Pride lost a heartbreaking match on the Friday, April 12 in triple overtime. The contest was the longest in program history. It is also Hofstra’s third trip to overtime in the last four games.
Hofstra is now 1-3 in overtime matchups.
Junior attack Julia Reimer led the Pride with four points, tallying a hat trick and an assist. All of Reimer’s goals would be in the first half.
The Pride was down by one with 15:18 in the half but went into the locker room leading 6-4 thanks to a three-goal run from senior attackers Claire Brady, Taylor Albright and Iannetta.
Hofstra took the largest lead of the game, leading the Dukes 8-5 nine minutes into the second half. Then the scoring would come to a stand still for the next 14 minutes of play.
At the 7:14 mark JMU’s Steph Finley started a three-goal streak that would tie the score with 1:14 left in regular play. Both goalies tallied six saves but Hofstra’s Gregerson tallied a game-high six ground balls.
After three overtime periods a goal by JMU’s Roguski from Ali Curwin, with 4:15 left in the third period, would give them the game.
The Pride was back in action in an afternoon matchup on Sunday against George Mason, and was a much easier contest for the Pride. Albright shined scoring a career high 5 points; she tallied three goals and two assists for the match.
Sophomore attack Brittain Altomare contributed to the offense, matching her career-high seven points and notching two goals and five assists.
Hofstra took a 6-0 lead at the 10:29 mark. GMU’s Formato got her team on the board with 8:07 left in the half.
Conto contributed to the lead, scoring a hat trick before the end of the half. The Pride ended the half leading 10-2.
With 6:30 left to play Hofstra expanded its lead to the largest of the game, 18-3. George Mason would score the last four goals of the game but that was as close as they came. 12 Hofstra players would score points in the game, 10 of which would contribute goals.