Vanaman, Maier Lead No. 16 Hofstra Past Delaware

Hempstead, NY - Led by three goals apiece from senior midfielder K'Leigh Vanaman and freshman midfielder Jill Maier, the #16 Hofstra had nine different goal scorers en route to a dominating 15-6 victory over Delaware on Friday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Vanaman led all scorers in the game as she added one assist for a total of four points as she helped Hofstra improve to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Hofstra has now won at least 10 games in five of the last six seasons as today's triumph gave the Pride wins in four of their last five contests this year. With the loss, Delaware falls to 5-10 and 2-4 in conference action.

It was all Hofstra early on as the Pride jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the contest. Hofstra would have four different goal scorers find the back of the net during the game-opening run as Vanaman got the Pride started at the 28:40 mark before senior attack Liz Falco, senior attack Courtney O'Connor and senior midfielder Corrine Gandolfi each added their first goals of the game to put Hofstra ahead 4-0 with 17:11 left before halftime.

Morgan Marino would get the Blue Hens on the board with her 12th goal of the season at the 11:47 mark before freshman midfielder Casey Kellogg and Vanaman each added goals in the final 9:13 of the half to allow the Pride to take a 6-1 advantage into the break.

Delaware would score two of the first three goals in the second stanza, including Amanda Gill's first tally of the season with 18:03 to play in regulation to close the gap to 7-3, but a 4-0 scoring run would ensue for the Pride to end any hopes of a Delaware comeback.

Vanaman was key once again as her third goal of the game made the score 8-3 before goals from freshman Jackie Ardolino, Gandolfi and freshman attack Claire Brady put the Pride up eight goals.

Back-to-back goals from Holly Burman and Julianna Jeffers around the ten-minute mark of the second half would allow Delaware to cut the deficit to 11-5 before Maier left her mark on the game. With goals at the 9:19, 8:20 and 6:49 mark, Maier would tally a "natural" hat trick as she tallied three goals in succession with no other players from either their own team, or the opposing team, scoring any goals in-between.

Following Maier's scoring binge, Hofstra senior attack Ashley Jones and Delaware's Blair King would each notch goals to close the scoring in the contest.

Junior defender Katie Hertsch led Hofstra with four draw controls as the Pride held a 16-7 advantage in that category. Vanaman and Falco each added three draw controls for the Pride, while Gandolfi picked up a game-high three ground balls. Gandolfi (two goals, one assist), A. Jones (one goal, two assists) and Brady (one goal, two assists) all helped lead the Pride to the victory, which was aided in goal by senior Mary Cuddihy's eight saves.

King led the Blue Hens with two goals, while Ali Libertini had two assists for Delaware. Jeffers had a pair of draw controls for Delaware and Jen Bradway and Quinn Daly each picked up two ground balls.

Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when they travel to #10 Towson for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

2010-04-23



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