Yale Uses Decisive 4-0 Run to Get Past Hofstra

Hempstead, NY - Erin Magnuson scored two goals during a decisive 4-0 run as Yale edged Hofstra, 9-7, Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra slips to 4-2 on the year with its second consecutive loss, while the Bulldogs improve to 3-2 with their second straight win.

Hofstra started quickly, building a 2-0 lead on goals from Jill Maierand Taylor Albright in the first 2:38. But Yale got on the board with 26:52 on the clock as Jen DeVito scored off a feed from Kerri Fleishhacker to cut the deficit in half. The Bulldogs would tie the score on a Cathryn Avallone goal 2:09 later to make it a 2-2 game.

The teams would alternate goals over the next 12 minutes asJulia Riemer scored her 10th of the season to make it a 3-2 game before Kelly Anne Sherlock tied it up again for Yale with 19:12 to play in the opening stanza. After Sam Lenox scored her first off a pass from Brittain Altomare with 17:33 to go, Magnuson started the Yale run with an unassisted tally with 12:44 remaining to tie the score at 4-4. Magnuson would strike again 5:11 later with another unassisted score to give Yale the lead for good at 5-4.

The Bulldogs would score once more before the half ended and then again nearly 10 minutes into the second half to open up a 7-4 lead on Devon Rhodes free position goal.

Hofstra would score three of the next four goals to get within one at 8-7 on Maier's second goal of the game and 10th of the year off a feed from Altomare with 4:46 to play. But Avallone notched her second of the game with 3:02 to go to give Yale a little breathing room and end the scoring.

Yale goalkeeper Erin McMullan made eight saves in the win, while Hofstra's Kelsey Gregerson posted two saves in the loss.

Hofstra did not have luck on their side as three shots from April Iannetta hit off the cross bar, including two on free position attempts.

Hofstra outshot the Bulldogs, 28-16, and held an 11-7 edge in draw controls, but could not overcome Yale on the scoreboard.

Maier finished with three points on the day with her two goals and an assist. She also added four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Altomare had one goal and two assists for three points. Iannetta and Gregerson tied for team-high honors with two ground balls each.

Christina Doherty had a game-high four ground balls for Yale.

Hofstra is back in action Wednesday afternoon, March 13, at Rutgers. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Heading into Saturday afternoon's game vs. Yale at Shuart Stadium, Hofstra had lost just once in its first five games -- at No. 1 Maryland. Yale had split its first four games, showing the inconsistency that might be expected of a team that has already had nine different freshmen and sophomores start at least one game. But it all came together at the right time for the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon, as seven players scored and junior goalkeeper Erin McMullan made eight saves to lead Yale to a 9-7 win.

“We were patient on offense and really picked our shots,” said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. “We had a great shooting percentage, and were deliberate with the ball. We didn't have any unforced errors or bad shots. The defense had some long stands where they didn't give up a goal, or got a turnover when we needed one. Today, both ends of the field worked together.”

Hofstra (4-2, 0-0 CAA) fell 16-11 at Maryland last weekend and had nearly a week to prepare for the Bulldogs, who were coming off a 14-13 win at Bryant Wednesday. The Pride jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the game, but that would wind up being its largest lead of the day. Yale (3-2, 0-1 Ivy League) scored three of the next four goals of the game to tie things up 3-3.

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