Hofstra Spoils Colgate’s Home Opener

By Matt Faulkner, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

(Hamilton, NY – Feb. 19, 2012) After postponing yesterday’s game, the Colgate women’s lacrosse team was able to play out its home opener this afternoon, but Hofstra spoiled the first game of 2012 on Tyler’s Field with a 9-8 defeat of the Raiders.

Colgate (0-2) got three goals from Courtney Miller, while Monica White added two tallies and rookie Megan Ark posted a goal and an assist. Alison Flood and rookie Jenna Frost also scored for the home team. Christina Roa did what she could to keep the Raiders in the game with 11 saves, but took the loss.

Hofstra (1-0) had seven different goal scorers with Jill Maier and Maryann Miller leading the way with two goals apiece. Brittain Altomare recorded a goal and an assist, as did Lindsay McKinnon. Jaclyn Pandolf was one of the reasons the Pride was able to come away with the win as she made 16 stops, including one of her nine second half stops coming with eight seconds left to preserve the win.

The game was a tale of two 10-minute frames as both teams made significant scoring streaks over a period of 10 minutes in each half. After Hofstra opened the scoring with 23:06 left in the first half, Colgate went on to score six-straight goals to open up a five-goal lead at 6-1. Flood and Courtney Miller started the run with a pair of free-position goals less than two minutes after the Pride took the lead. With the Raiders up 2-1, White put in her two goals on back-to-back trips to the offensive end. Ark was given an assist on the first goal and the Raiders were up 4-1 with 15:52 remaining in the half.

The streak continued as Ark scored her second of the season, coming unassisted to increase the lead to 5-1 with 12:33 left in the half. Courtney Miller added to the advantage with an up-goal on a free-position shot to push the score up to 6-1 in favor of Colgate. Unfortunately, that was the last time Colgate would hit the net until late in the second half.

Hofstra began its run of eight-straight goals with three in the final six minutes of the half, including two while up one player on the field. Altomare and Maryann Miller were the two to get the up goals, while Maier added an even goal to cut the lead to 6-4 going into halftime.

The Pride didn’t let a halftime break stop its offense as Hofstra scored the first five goals of the second half to build a three-goal lead at 9-6. Once the Pride got up by a few goals they began to stall and the Raiders tried to make a comeback late in the game.

Frost got the comeback try going with her first collegiate goal, coming with 13:19 left in the second half to cut the lead to 9-7. Courtney Miller scored her third of the day just 14 seconds later to get the home team back to within one at 9-8. The stalling continued for Hofstra and the Pride was able to milk the clock to under 30 seconds. Colgate was able to force a turnover in its own end and rush down the field. The Raiders got the ball to Courtney Miller and she beat a defender and put a shot on Pandolf, but the goalie deflected the ball away and Hofstra came away with the 9-8 win.

Colgate won the shot battle with a 27-25 advantage and had 25 ground balls to Hofstra’s 23. The Raiders hurt themselves with 17 turnovers and they committed 36 fouls on the day.

Colgate will be back in action next Saturday as the Raiders travel to Vermont for a Saturday afternoon contest.

NOTES: Miller keeps her goal-scoring streak going and it is now at 13 games … with her three goals today she reached the top-10 in all-time leaders in goals with 116 and entered the top-10 in scoring with 173 points … she has seven goals an one assist this season … Colgate is tied with its opponents with 39 shots on goal this season and both halves are tied at 21-21 and then the second half at 18-18 … Roa had her first double-digit save performance of the season … Hofstra beat Colgate for the first time in Hamilton in the series … the Raiders are still leading the series 12-3 overall.

Photo by Bob Cornell

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