Hofstra Drops Close Decision to Rutgers

Hempstead, NY – Hofstra junior attacker Brittain Altomare led all scorers with five points on two goals and three assists, while adding seven draw controls, but Rutgers scored a late goal to earn an 11-10 victory over the Pride on Wednesday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The loss drops Hofstra's record to 5-6 this season, while Rutgers improved to 6-4 in 2014. The loss was the Pride's fourth straight, but three of those defeats have been by one goal.

Lauren Sbrilli led Rutgers with three goals in the game, while Kim Kolodny had three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a goal and an assist.

Rutgers took a 5-3 lead into the halftime break as they rallied from an early 2-1 deficit to take the advantage into the locker rooms.

Halley Barnes put the Scarlet Knights on the scoreboard first at the 28:01 mark before Hofstra got consecutive goals from Altomare and sophomore defender Lindsey Alfano to earn its first lead of the game at 2-1 with 19:08 showing on the clock.

Rutgers would then score three straight to retake the lead at 4-2 but a goal from junior attacker Sam Lenox ended the Scarlet Knights run and allowed Hofstra to close the gap to 4-3. The visitors would score the final goal of the half, via Megan Clements, to hold the two-goal advantage.

The Scarlet Knights would push the lead to three goals as they got a tally from Kristin Kocher just 50 seconds into the second stanza.

After the teams alternated goals and Rutgers held an 8-5 lead, Hofstra would begin to mount a rally.

Senior midfielder Liz Anders would notch her first of the season with 19:28 on the clock to start a 4-1 scoring run that would see Hofstra knot the score at nine following a goal from Altomare with 15:08 remaining in regulation.

Hofstra would head into the final three minutes trailing by one goal as Katrina Martinelli gave the visitors a late lead with an unassisted goal at the 4:29 mark.

The Pride would take possession with under three minutes on the clock and would get a great opportunity from Altomare but it was not to be as Sara Kramer caused a turnover to clinch the game for the Scarlet Knights.

Junior defender April Iannetta posted three draw controls, two caused turnovers and a goal and a ground ball in the game for the Pride, while junior goalie Kelsey Gregerson made seven saves in net and added six ground balls.

Kristin Kocher added two goals and three draw controls for Rutgers, while Amanda Currell earned her fourth win of the season for the Scarlet Knights after making a pair of saves.

Hofstra will have over a week break until its next game as the Pride will host Towson on Friday, April 4 to open Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (March 26, 2014) –Rutgers (6-4) picked up its third-straight win, holding off Hofstra (5-6), 11-10, Wednesday evening on the road. Eight Scarlet Knights scored in the win, led by redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli's (Martinsville, N.J.) second hat trick in as many games.

After trailing 2-1 early on, the Scarlet Knights netted three-straight goals to take a 4-2 advantage half-way through the opening half. RU managed to preserve at least a one-score lead, until the Pride scored back-to-back goals midway through the second stanza to even the game at 9-9.

Rutgers regained the advantage two minutes later, but again Hofstra battled back to knot the score at 10-10. With 4:29 on the clock however, senior attacker Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown, N.J.) tallied what proved to be the game-winner, while the RU defense held off the Pride's attack for the remaining minutes of play.

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