Lyons Has Three Goals as Delaware Edges Hofstra

Hempstead, NY Casey Lyons had three goals and one assist for Delaware as the Blue Hens outscored Hofstra, 6-2, in the second half en route to an 8-7 victory over the Pride on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra, which led 5-2 at halftime, got four assists and six draw controls from junior attacker Brittain Altomare in the contest. Senior midfielder Jenn Ward led Hofstra with a pair of goals on the afternoon.

The loss drops Hofstra's record to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. The Pride has now dropped six straight contests. Delaware improved to 9-4 and 2-1 in the league as they have won eight of their last nine games.

Prior to today's contest, Hofstra honored the women's lacrosse program's senior class in a pregame ceremony as today marked the team's final regular season home game.

Altomare "quarterbacked" the Hofstra offense in the first half to the tune of four assists as the Pride took a 5-2 lead into the break.

Delaware opened the first half scoring as Caitlin McCartney tallied a free-position goal at the 25:17 mark before senior midfielder Liz Anders started a 3-0 scoring run by the Pride with just under 24 minutes left before the intermission.

Ward and freshman midfielder Erika Neumen would score the other Hofstra goals during the run before Shannon Hawley scored an unassisted goal for the Blue Hens with 6:16 to play to end the Pride run.

Hofstra would eventually earn a three-goal halftime advantage as senior attacker Lindsay McKinnon and Ward found the back of the net in the final two minutes of the first stanza to give the Pride the momentum heading into the break. Altomare keyed the end of the half run as she assisted on both of the goals in the final two minutes.

Similar to Friday's game against Towson, the visitors turned the tables on the Pride to open the second half as Delaware scored the first six goals of the second stanza to open an 8-5 lead with under three minutes to play in regulation.

Lyons was the catalyst for the Blue Hens in the second half as she scored all three of her goals in the final 30 minutes, including all three occurring in the first 16 minutes of the half.

Trailing by three goals late, Hofstra attempted a late rally as the Pride got a goal from senior midfielder Alexandra Mezzanotte with 2:10 remaining before junior defender April Iannetta notched an unassisted goal with 1:02 to play to cut the deficit to one, at 8-7. Hofstra would be unable to even the score as Delaware would hold on for the one-goal victory. It marked the Pride's fifth one-goal contest of the 2014 campaign.

Junior defender Abby Wilson led the Pride with four ground balls in the game, while junior goalie Kelsey Gregerson had 10 saves, three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

McKinnon finished with a goal and an assist for Hofstra, while Iannetta had two ground balls and a goal and senior defender Jamie D'Arco picked up a pair of ground balls to go along with a caused turnover.

McCartney and Hawley each posted two goals in the game for Delaware, while McCartney also added an assist. Lizzie Duffey had game-highs of five ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Blue Hens, while Tori Zorovich had three saves in net for Delaware.

Hofstra will have over a week off before its next contest as the Pride heads to Dartmouth on Monday, April 14 for its final non-conference game of the season. First draw control is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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2014-04-06



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