Hofstra Tames JMU, Eyes Towson In CAA Final
from press release
TOWSON, Md. – Senior attacker Taylor Albright tied her career-high with three goals and sophomore attacker Brittain Altomare notched three assists to break the single season assist record as the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship game with a 6-4 win over James Madison on Friday afternoon at the Tiger Soccer Complex.
Altomare's 35 assist this season broke the previous mark of 34 set by Kathleen McPike in 2000.
The win improves Hofstra's record to 11-7 this season, marking the program's most victories since the 2010 squad won 12 games. This will be Hofstra's fifth appearance in the CAA title game as they previously advanced to the championship game in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010.
The four goals allowed is the fewest Hofstra has allowed in a game since defeating St. Mary's (CA), 21-3, on February 20, 2010.
James Madison fell to 11-6 with the loss.
It marked the second straight season that Hofstra and JMU had met in the CAA semifinals with the Pride avenging last season's 10-9 loss.
It was a low-scoring first half as each team alternated goals with James Madison getting the last tally of the half to lead 3-2 at the break. Albright would get Hofstra on the board in the contest as she scored off an assist from Altomare to make it 1-1 with 16:20 left in the opening stanza.
After JMU's Rebecca McLouth put the Dukes back ahead, junior midfielder Alex Mezzanotte answered with 3:04 showing on the clock to knot the game at two. Steph Finley scored the final goal of the half with 51 seconds left to account for the halftime score.
The two defenses would continue to stand tall in the second half as it took until 21:20 was showing on the clock for either team to find the back of the net as sophomore defender April Iannetta continued her stellar second season as she scored her 12th goal of the season to even the game at three.
It didn't take long after that goal for Hofstra to answer once again, as Albright scored her second of the game with 20:55 left in regulation to put the Pride ahead 4-3. The assist came courtesy of Altomare whose broke the single season record with that helper.
Freshman attacker/midfielder Becky Conto would continue the Hofstra run as she scored with 17:16 left to make it a 3-0 scoring run for the Pride and make the score 5-3.
Albright's amazing day would help Hofstra push the lead to a commanding 6-3 as she scored with 5:24 to play to put the advantage up to three goals. Hofstra's run in the second half would be 4-0 up to that point with Albright's third goal of the contest, which tied her career-high.
James Madison would close the gap to 6-4 with just under five minutes left, but the Hofstra defense would stand tall the remainder of the game as the Pride advanced to the CAA Championship for the first time since 2010.
Iannetta and Conto each had two draw controls for Hofstra, while Iannetta and sophomore goalie Kelsey Gregerson tied for game-high honors with five ground balls each. Sophomore defender Abby Wilson had a pair of caused turnovers and added a ground ball. Gregerson made four saves to capture her 11th win of the season.
Finley finished with two goals and an assist for James Madison, while Schylar Healy had eight saves and three ground balls.
Hofstra will take on Towson in the CAA Title game on Sunday at 1 p.m. from Tiger Soccer Complex. PRIDE ZONE Video and Audio coverage will be available as will live statistics.