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Mattera and Whelan shine as Hofstra easily handles Central Connecticut State

The Hofstra women’s lacrosse team dominated Central Connecticut State University on Friday night with a decisive 15-3 victory in New Britain, Connecticut. Freshman Katie Whelan and sophomore Alexa Mattera led the Pride with four goals each. Hofstra improved to 5-4 on the season with the win.

Right out of the gates, Hofstra found their stride. The Pride scored 10 goals in the first half alone. Mattera accounted for two of those goals, both coming early in the contest. Mattera’s first goal came only 1:05 into the game to give Hofstra an early 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, she doubled that lead for the Pride.

Hofstra scored two more goals before Central Connecticut could get one in the back of the net. The Pride ended the half on a 6-1 run, carrying a 10-2 lead into the locker room.

Whelan scored three of Hofstra’s final four goals in the first half, the last one coming with only two seconds on the clock.

The beatdown continued in the second half with the teams trading goals early, but Hofstra ultimately scored four unanswered goals to round out the game.

Senior Carlee Ancona started the scoring for the Pride in the second half followed by two more goals from Mattera, a goal from senior Amanda Seekamp, and another goal from Whelan.

Mattera added a career-high nine draw controls to her successful offensive night.

Sophomore Alyssa Parrella finished the day with two goals and sophomore Mary Kate Gerety, juniors Tessa Sinatro and Jenna Budd, Ancona, and Seekamp all recorded one goal each in the contest.

This was Hofstra’s second dominant win in a row after they defeated Columbia University 17-8 earlier in the week.

The Pride will return to action on Thursday when they host the University of New Hampshire at 7 p.m.

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