Hofstra Spoils Dartmouth's Home Finale

HANOVER, N.H. Down a goal, with the ball and less than a minute remaining, Dartmouth was stopped twice by a stingy Hofstra defensive unit clinging to its late-game lead in the first-ever meeting between the programs.

The second stop led to a change of possession on a ground ball for the Pride and a 9-8 win Monday afternoon in the Big Green's 2014 regular-season home finale at Scully-Fahey Field.

Sophomore Jaclyn Leto's shot to tie the game in the final 10 seconds was stopped point-blank by Hofstra goalkeeper Kelsey Gregerson who then picked up the ball and helped her team run the clock down until the final buzzer sounded.

In falling for the third straight game, the Big Green dropped to 5-7 overall this spring, while the Pride snapped a six-game skid of their own to improve to 6-8.

"We had chances the whole game, not just at the end," head coach Amy Patton said. "Today was a lot like the whole season in that we did not play to the level I know we are capable of. However, I told the team that we need to move on and shake off the heaviness of everything that has happened this year and begin a new season starting on Wednesday."

"If we are going to finish this season with wins on the road against very strong teams, we will need to move beyond what's already happened and focus on what is still ahead of us," Patton continued.

Dartmouth's two-goal lead at 6-4 was the largest advantage of the game for either side as the two evenly matched teams played a back-and-forth affair with six ties and numerous lead changes.

April Iannetta's goal with 4:24 remaining in the second half put the Pride on top, 9-8, and gave the visitors their first lead since 2-1 just over five minutes into the contest.

For the Green, both Leto and Sarah Byrne had three goals apiece in the contest with Byrne adding an assist for a team-high four points. Leto's first of the day was the 50th in her career as she leads Dartmouth this season with 31 tallies.

Liz Calby also had three points as she scored once and assisted on two more in what was likely to be her final home game in a Big Green uniform.

Fellow senior Kristen Giovanniello stopped five shots in the losing effort as she still sits on 39 career victories. Gregerson had just four stops in picking up the win, including the crucial last-second save to preserve the lead.

The Pride's leading scorer, Brittain Altomare, added four points to her season total that now stands at 56 as she scored once and dished out two helpers. Iannetta's game-winner was her second of the day, while seven others added one.

Dartmouth is back in action on Saturday on the road at Princeton. The Big Green and Tigers will get things underway at 1:00 p.m. from Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

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Hanover, NH Junior attacker Brittain Altomare had a goal and three assists, while junior defender April Iannetta led Hofstra with two goals, as the Hofstra lacrosse team ended a six-game losing skid with a 9-8 road win over Dartmouth on Monday afternoon.

The win improves Hofstra's record to 6-8, while Dartmouth falls to 5-7 with the loss. The game was the Pride's final non-conference game this season.

A tightly-contested battle saw neither team take larger than a two-goal advantage as the Big Green went into the halftime break with a 6-4 lead as they scored their sixth goal of the opening half with just two seconds left before the intermission.

Hofstra took its first lead of the game at the 24:29 mark of the first half as sophomore Emily Consdine scored off an assist from junior attacker Sam Lenox. That goal came on the heels of a free-position goal from senior midfielder Alexandra Mezzanotte.

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