Hofstra Cruises Past William & Mary, 13-8

Tiana Parrella

Tiana Parrella

(ISN) – Hempstead, NY – Sophomore attacker Tiana Parrellahad five points on three goals and two assists, while fellow sophomore attacker Morgan Knox added three goals and one assist to lead the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team to a 13-8 victory over William & Mary on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The win improves Hofstra’s record to 7-4 overall and a perfect 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. William & Mary falls to 5-7 and 1-1 in the league.

Senior defender April Iannetta also had a strong game for the Pride with six ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls, while senior attacker Brittain Altomare continued her dominate season with eight draw controls, along with two goals and two assists.

William & Mary was led by Ellen Shaffrey, who tallied a game-high five goals.

Hofstra’s defense was stellar in the opening half as the Pride held William & Mary to just one goal in the first 30 minutes as they scored five to take a four-goal lead into the break.

The Pride scored the first three goals of the contest as Altomare opened the scoring at the 21:32 mark off an assist from senior attacker Sam Lenox to get Hofstra going. The Pride would add two more during the game-opening run as Knox and junior defender Lindsey Alfano pushed the lead to 3-0 with less than 14 minutes left in the half.

Kaleigh Noon would get the Tribe on the board at the 10:39 mark before Knox continued her strong first half with another goal before Parrella ended the first half scoring with a tally off an assist from freshman midfielder Amanda Seekamp with 2:27 to play before intermission. Knox was the first half star for the Pride as she had two goals and an assist before halftime.

Hofstra would score two of the first three goals of the second stanza to open up a 7-2 advantage following a goal from Knox with 23:05 left in regulation.

A Shaffrey goal ended the run for the Tribe, but the Pride would push the lead to six goals, 9-3, at the 13:47 mark as Parrella found the net twice over an eight-plus minute span to put the game out of reach.

William & Mary would be unable to get the deficit under four goals the remainder of the contest as Hofstra got goals from freshman attacker Zoe Gomez, junior defender Shelby Milne and Altomare in the final six-minutes of the game to capture their second consecutive victory.

Alfano added two goals for the Pride, while senior goalie Kelsey Gregerson tallied six saves and three ground balls. Freshman midfielder Shea McAvoy had four ground balls and two caused turnovers for Hofstra.

The goal for Milne was her first career point.

Abby Corkum had a goal and three assists for William & Mary, which also got three caused turnovers and two ground balls from Abby Junior.

Hofstra is back in action next weekend when it travels to Delaware on Friday for a 5 p.m. game.