By Lauren del ValleSTAFF WRITER
The Hofstra Pride women’s lacrosse prevailed over the Quinnipiac Bobcats 12-8 in its matchup at Shuart Stadium on Sunday March 17, breaking its three-game losing streak.
Sophomore midfielder Brittain Altomare scored five points tallying three unassisted goals and two assists. Senior Maryann Miller led the team in the midfield with a career high six groundballs, a caused turnover and a goal.
The contest got off to a slow start for both teams. It was not until the seventh minute of play that the first goal was scored.
Nevertheless, the Pride controlled the game offensively, outshooting the Bobcats 10-1 before the first goal.
Altomare gave a pass in front of the goal to senior midfielder Emily von Hollen who successfully finished that eleventh shot at the 22:28 mark.
It would be another five minutes before another goal was scored. Quinnipiac tied the score 1-1, at the 13 minute mark of the game thanks to junior attacker Michaela Tinsley.
Quinnipiac took the lead just 17 seconds later making the score 2-1.
The Pride would not stay down for long though, as another goal from von Hollen in addition to contributions from sophomore attack and defensive players Emily Considine and April Iannetta would finish the scoring in the first half.
The Pride went into the locker room doubling the Bobcat’s score, leading 4-2.
Hofstra head coach Shannon Smith was happy with the teams overall play.
“In the first half and even in the second half, “said Smith. ”I thought we played very well defensively, not allowing them to have easy shots.”
Quinnipiac’s Michaela Tinsley opened the scoring in the second half. Tinsley brought the Bobcats within one but that would be the closest that Quinnipiac would get.
Hofstra capitalized on twice as many shots as they did in the first half scoring eight goals in the thirty minutes. Conisidine would finish with two goals, as would Iannetta and sophomore midfielder Alex Mezzannotte.
A miscommunication among the Bobcats allowed Altomare’s third goal to be on an open net when Quinnipiac pulled its goalie for just one minute of play.
Another breakdown in communication among the Quinnipiac defense allowed Mezzanotte her second goal, also on an open net.
“They played with a lot of heart,” said Smith. “They knew they had to run all over the field. I think they took it personally when they did not compete the last two games.”
According to Smith, the team will focus specifically on shooting and draw controls.
“We’ll shoot until our arms hurt,” said Smith.