#3 Hofstra Knocks off #2 JMU 6-4 in CAA Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals
TOWSON, Md. (May 3, 2013) – Third-seeded Hofstra outscored second-seeded James Madison 4-1 in the second half and picked up a 6-4 victory in the second semifinal of the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The Pride has advanced to take on Towson in Sunday’s Championship match at 1:00 p.m. at the Towson Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.
Hofstra (11-7, 4-3 CAA) was led by senior attacker Taylor Albright who tallied three goals, including two in the second half. Freshman midfielder Becky Conto and sophomore defender April Iannetta each registered a goal while sophomore attacker Brittain Altomare tallied three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Gregerson recorded the win in goal while making four saves.
Sophomore attacker Steph Finley paced JMU (11-6, 6-1 CAA) with two goals and an assist. Junior attacker Amy Roguski and senior attacker Rebecca McLouth each registered a goal while senior midfielder Kelsey McDonald added two caused turnovers and two draw controls.
Trailing 3-2 at the start of the second half, Hofstra tied the game at 3-3 with an Iannetta goal with 21:20 to play in the game. The Pride would then score three more unanswered goals over the next sixteen minutes to increase their lead to 6-3 with 5:24 to play in the game.
Albright registered her second goal of the game off an assist from Altomare while Conto added an unassisted goal on a nice run through the JMU defense to give the Pride a two goal advantage with 17:16 to play. The Pride would move into defensive mode following Conto’s goal, and kept possession from the Dukes for the majority of the remainder of game.
Following Albright’s third goal off an assist from senior attacker Claire Brandy, the Dukes got back on the scoreboard with Finley’s second goal of the game to bring JMU back to within two goals with 4:43 to play. However, the Pride would retain possession following a caused turnover near the JMU goal towards the end of the game and were able to run out the clock and secure the 6-4 victory.
JMU jumped on the board first with a goal from Roguski ten minutes into the game. Hofstra would answer with their first goal of the contest from Albright with 16 minutes to play in the first half to tie the game at 1-1. After the game stayed tied for the next seven minutes, JMU would re-take the lead with a goal from Rebecca McLouth with 9:14 to go until halftime.
However, the Pride would answer again with a goal from Alex Mezzanotte to knot the game back up at 2-2 with 3:04 remaining in the first half. Finley would score the Dukes the last goal in the half with only 51 seconds in the half to give her squad a 3-2 halftime lead.
Hofstra held a 20-14 advantage on shots and a 20-12 advantage on ground balls. The Pride were also able to cause 13 JMU turnovers compared to just nine of their own. The Dukes owned an 8-4 advantage on draw controls in the contest.
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