Hofstra Hosts No. 20 Johns Hopkins On Saturday

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(ISN) – Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team will look for its first victory over a ranked team this season when the Pride host #20 Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 3 p.m. from James M. Shuart Stadium.

It will be Hofstra’s second game this year against a ranked opponent as they faced top-ranked Maryland on February 28.

Pride Productions will have live video and audio of the game with the pregame show starting at 2:45 p.m.

The game will also be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS.

Hofstra (4-2) has won two straight games since falling to Maryland, with victories over Marist and Quinnipiac last week.

The win over the Bobcats saw senior attacker Brittain Altomare and sophomore attacker Tiana Parrella each notch four goals to lead the way. Altomare also had five assists, 12 draw controls and four ground balls in a performance that ranks as one of her all-time bests with her goals, assists, points and draw control totals all tying or establishing new career-highs. Parrella tied her career-high in goals and set a new career-high with three ground balls.

In an interesting coincidence, Hofstra has now started 4-2 in each of the past three seasons.

Saturday’s game will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Pride and the Blue Jays and the series is tied at two. This weekend will mark the first game between the schools since meeting in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Johns Hopkins won that contest, 12-8, in a game that was played at Shuart Stadium.

Altomare leads Hofstra in a quartet of categories as she has team-highs of 15 goals, 17 assists, 32 points and 38 draw controls. Leading the Pride in ground balls and caused turnovers is senior defender April Iannetta with 17 and 13, respectively.

Johns Hopkins has a trio of players with at least ten points as Dene’ DiMartino (11 G, 2 A) leads the way with Kristen Cannon (6 G, 5 A) and Haley Schwizer (8 G, 2 A) following closely behind. Schwizer leads the Blue Jays with 16 draw controls, Josie George has team-highs of 14 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

Following the game against the Blue Jays, Hofstra will close the month of March with a pair of road games as the Pride will visit Rutgers on March 18 and head to Ohio State on March 29.

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