Hofstra Sprint to Lead, Holds on to Defeat Temple

Hempstead, NY Junior attack Julia Riemer and freshman attack Becky Conto each posted three goals as Hofstra raced out to a 7-2 lead en route to a 8-5 win over Temple on Thursday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Sophomore attack Brittain Altomare added a goal and two assists for the Pride, which improved to 6-3 with its second straight victory.

Sophomore defender April Iannetta was all over the place for Hofstra as she contributed four ground balls, four draw controls, two caused turnovers and an assist. Junior defender Jamie D'Arco led Hofstra with three caused turnovers.

Sophomore goalie Kelsey Gregerson had nine saves, including seven in the second half, to lead the way for the Pride. Gregerson also had a game-high five ground balls.

With the victory, Hofstra has already eclipsed last year's win total of five. Temple fell to 5-3 with the loss.

Hofstra led 6-2 at halftime as the Pride dominated nearly every facet of play in the first 30 minutes. The Pride held Temple to just five first half shots and forced the Owls into 12 turnovers before the break.

Riemer and Conto would tally Hofstra's first two goals of the game as the two teams alternated goals over the first 10-plus minutes and the score would be knotted at two with 19:34 left in the opening stanza following a goal from Temple's Rachel Schwaab.

The Pride would completely take the game over at that point as they went on a 5-0 scoring run, holding Temple scoreless for a stretch of nearly 36 minutes to lead 7-2 after a goal from Altomare with 18:18 left in regulation.

Riemer had two of Hofstra's goals during the 5-0 run, while Conto, senior midfielder Jill Maier and Altomare added the other three.

Temple would finally end their scoring drought with 13:40 showing on the clock as Stephany Parcell scored at the 13:40 and the Owls would add two more goals before Conto closed the scoring off an assist from freshman attack Emily Considine with 39 seconds remaining.

Schwaab led Temple with two goals, while Charlotte Swavola had four ground balls, two draw controls, a goal and a caused turnover for the Owls. Kelly Syphard had a team-high three caused turnovers for Temple.

Hofstra will have over a week off before its next contest as the Pride will travel to Ohio State on Saturday, March 30 for an 11:00 a.m. game.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Despite a 3-1 run in the final 14 minutes, Temple lacrosse fell short in its comeback attempt and lost 8-5 at Hofstra (6-3) on Thursday afternoon. Rachel Schwaab, the reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, led the Owls (5-3) with two goals.

Temple finished the game with 23 shots to the Pride's 20 including six free-position shots to Hofstra's zero, but the Owls were unable to take advantage of a single one of those. They trailed 6-2 heading into halftime, but got things going later in the second half. Temple scored three goals in a row in the final 13:40, but could come within no fewer than two goals.

Charlotte Swavola and Schwaab each scored in the first 11 minutes as the teams traded goals for a 2-2 tie, but Hofstra scored four unanswered goals to close out the half and then added another early in the second half for a 5-0 run.

Jaymie Tabor fed Stephany Parcell just past the midway point of the second half to finally get Temple back on the board. Four minutes later, Kelly Syphard cut the margin to three, and with 2:22 left, Schwaab scored her second goal of the contest to make it 7-5. That would be the final goal for Temple, while the Pride added one more in the remaining time.

The Owls have two games left in a six-game road swing. Next up is a 5:00 p.m. game at Delaware on Wednesday, March 27.


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