Hofstra Drops Regular Season Finale to W&M in OT

Hempstead, NY Hofstra rallied back from a 6-2 second half deficit to send the game to overtime, but William & Mary scored twice in the extra session and eventually held on for an 8-7 victory over the Pride on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Senior midfielder Maryann Miller led Hofstra with three goals, while sophomore midfielder Liz Anders had two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.

William & Mary goalie Lucy Ferguson was stellar in net for the Tribe as she made 23 saves, including 13 in the first half.

The loss doesn't affect Hofstra's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) seeding as the Pride will be the three seed in next week's conference tournament. Hofstra will take on No. 2 James Madison, while top seed and host Towson will face Drexel in the semifinals. The semifinals will take place on Friday, April 27, with the title game occurring on Sunday, April 29.

Hofstra falls to 5-11 overall and 4-3 in league play with the loss, while William & Mary improves to 4-13 and 2-5 in CAA action.

It was a low-scoring first half as the two teams combined for just four goals, with the Tribe taking a 3-1 lead into the break. Hofstra's first goal came off the stick of junior attack Claire Brady, who tallied a free-position goal with 26:36 left in the opening stanza.

Taelor Salmon put William & Mary back in front just over a minute later before Stephanie Steinweg gave the visitors a two-goal advantage with 9:36 showing on the clock.

William & Mary scored three of the first four goals to open the second stanza and held a 6-2 advantage with 15:38 remaining in regulation following a goal from Jenny Michael.

Miller would put the Pride on her back at that point, as the Morton, PA native scored back-to-back goals 31 seconds apart to close the gap to 6-4 with 10:49 to play in the second half.

After a scoreless drought of over eight minutes for both teams, sophomore attack Lindsay McKinnon made the score 6-5 with an unassisted goal at the 2:39 mark before Miller added her third goal of the game, knotting the score at six with 1:24 left.

William & Mary would draw first blood in the overtime period as Kyrstin Mackrides scored with 5:39 showing on the clock and Caitlin Murphy gave the Tribe a two-goal advantage 28 seconds later.

McKinnon would make it a one-goal deficit for Hofstra with 2:49 left in overtime but a shot from Miller with three seconds left was saved by Ferguson to preserve the win for the Tribe.

Brady finished with a goal and an assist for the Pride, while senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf had four saves, six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Emily von Hollen chipped in with three ground balls and a goal.

Murphy led William & Mary with three points on two goals and an assist. Lauren Binzer had five ground balls for the Tribe.

The game marked the final home contest for the Pride's four departing seniors and Chrissy Jones, Genna Kovar,Jaclyn Pandolf and Elizabeth Zorovich were honored in a pregame ceremony.

Starting times for the CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinals and title game will be announced on Monday.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (April 22, 2012) - Playing in its second-consecutive overtime game, the William and Mary lacrosse teamclosed out its season with an 8-7 victory at Hofstra on Sunday afternoon.

Juniors Kyrstin Mackrides and Caitlin Murphy both scored during the opening minute of the initial three-minute overtime session, and the Tribe (4-13, 2-5) held Hofstra (5-11, 4-3) to just one goal during the remainder of overtime to secure the win.

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2012-04-22



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