Hofstra Downs Marist in Teams' First-Ever Meeting

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. On a cold, wet afternoon at Tenney Stadium on Wednesday, Marist lost to Hofstra, 14-8. A five-goal run by the Red Foxes (0-4) in the second half would draw the game close, but ultimately an earlier 8-1 deficit was too much to overcome versus the undefeated Pride (4-0).

Sophomore Lexi Brannigan (Loudonville, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with three goals; junior Tierney Larson (Fairfield, Conn.) added a team-high four assists.

The first half played out in the favor the visitors by a large margin as Hofstra led on the scoreboard 7-1, in shots 15-4 and in caused turnovers 6-4. Marist's lone marker was notched by Brannigan at 10:05.

Coming out in the second half, the teams traded goals over the first seven minutes of action as Hofstra scored two and Marist scored two. Both of the Red Foxes' tallies were notched by senior Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) after receiving Larson passes.

After Hofstra built a game-high eight goal lead at 11-3 at 19:59, the Red Foxes would claw their way back into the contest with a five unanswered scores. The goal streak would begin just 16 seconds after the Pride marker when sophomore Sabrina Mattera (Wantagh, N.Y.) took a Larson pass and cut towards net and ripped a shot past Hofstra's Kelsey Gregerson.

Senior Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) was the next scorer for Marist as she scored her team-leading 11th goal of 2013 at 17:08.

The next two markers were notched by Brannigan at 12:51 and 10:34.

A Mattera-Larson connection gave the Red Foxes their final goal of the game at 7:41.

Hofstra closed out the match with three tallies to make the final score 14-8.

For the game, the Pride outshot the Red Foxes 33-16 with a 23-13 advantage in shots on goal. Marist collected more draws at a 15-9 margin. Tuck registered a team-high six draw controls.

The Red Foxes will next be in action on Wednesday, March 6 on the road at Binghamton. The opening draw between the teams is slated for 4:00 p.m.

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Poughkeepsie, NY Sophomore attacker Brittain Altomare continued her torrid start to the 2013 campaign as the Wolfsville, MD native led Hofstra with seven points on four goals and three assists as the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team rolled to an easy 14-8 victory over Marist on Wednesday afternoon.

The seven points tied a career-high for Altomare, who previously established her career-high against George Mason on April 8, 2012.

Hofstra moves to 4-0 on the season, its best start since the 2005 squad also began the season with four straight victories. Marist falls to 0-4 with the loss.

Senior midfielder Emily von Hollen tied her career-high with a pair of goals as Hofstra took a 7-1 halftime advantage and never looked back in cruising past the Red Foxes. Hofstra outshot Marist, 33-16, and held an 11-3 lead midway through the second stanza before Marist scored a few goals late to make the score closer. The Pride closed the contest with three straight goals.

Senior midfielder Maryann Miller got Hofstra on the board less than a minute into the contest as she tallied her first goal of the season off an assist from Altomare with 29:01 showing on the clock.

The Pride would eventually score the first five goals of the game, including a tally from freshman midfielder Becky Conto at the 11:56 mark of the first half. In all, Hofstra held Marist scoreless for the first 19:55 of the game until Lexi Brannigan found the back of the net for the Red Foxes.

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