Balanced attack propels Hofstra to victory over Quinnipiac
The Hofstra women’s lacrosse team improved to .500 after a 13-4 victory against Quinnipiac University on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pride’s potent attack resulted in hat tricks both from Drew Shapiro and Jenna Budd, while Alyssa Parrella notched a game-high six points coming from two goals and four assists. The six points put Parrella over the 100-point mark for her career, now sitting at 104.
Although a major discrepancy was shown on the scoreboard at the final buzzer, it was a close game early on.
After the Bobcats responded to Parrella’s game opening goal to make it 1-1, Hofstra followed up with two goals to make it 3-1, only to take two right back in their own net, knotting it up at 3-3 with 12:26 left in the first half.
48 seconds later, the Pride took off and never looked back, scoring six unanswered goals to take a 9-3 lead early in the second half.
Quinnipiac would get back on the board only one more time in the game. Ashley Bobinski, who scored the Bobcats’ first goal, was able to hit the back of the net again with an unassisted score five minutes into the second half.
Hofstra would then close out the game with four straight goals, with Parrella assisting on three of them.
Hofstra’s defense that held up after a shaky start was anchored by junior Maddie Fields, who saved 13 shots from hitting the back of the net.
After tallying a career-high 16 saves against the University of Maryland on Saturday, Fields now has 29 in her last two games.
This game saw Jenna Budd’s first career hat trick and also saw the reigning Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week Katie Whelan back up her award with two goals and an assist.
Overall, the Pride had complete control, with a 35-19 shot advantage, as well as a 15-4 advantage in draw controls.
The win propels Hofstra to 3-2 while Quinnipiac takes a step back to 3-3.
Up next, the Pride continue their three-game road trip when they travel to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins University.
The game is set for Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m.