FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team was edged by Hofstra University, 9-5, this afternoon at Rafferty Stadium. Junior Maeve Quinn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) had two goals for the Stags, who also received goals from Jenna Fuchs (Garden City, N.Y.), Scarlett Sulliman (Rye, N.Y.), and rookie Brenna Connolly (Wantagh, N.Y.).
Scoring started off early, with Hofstra’s Tiana Parrella netted an unassisted goal at 28:11. A little less than four minutes later, Sulliman scores on a free position shot to tie the game at 1-1. Hofstra regained the lead when leading scorer Brittain Altomare converted a free position attempt into a goal at 22:25. The Pride expanded their lead to with two more consecutive goals from Altomare at 16:32 and 0:21 seconds, respectively. Hofstra took a 4-1 advantage heading into halftime.
Fairfield came out firing in the second half, with rookie Connolly scoring her first collegiate goal, off a feed from Alex Fehmel (Shoreham, N.Y.), at 23:19. Play continued until Quinn found the back of the net, off a pass from Julieanne Mascera (Verona, N.J.), to narrow the gap to 4-3.
Hofstra turned back the tables to gain momentum and spring on a 3-0 run. The Pride’s Becky Conto scored at 14:18, off a feed from Altomare. The second goal and third goals were scored on free position shots by Altomare and April Iannetta at 8:58 and 5:13. Quinn retaliated with a free position goal of her own at 3:49, making the score 7-4.
Just 15 seconds later, Hofstra’s Zoe Gomez found the back of the net, off a pass from Amanda Seekamp. Fairfield answered with a goal by Fuchs, which was assisted by Fehmel, at 2:16. The final goal of the game was scored by the Pride’s Conto, at 1:29, sealing a 9-5 victory for Hofstra.
Junior goalkeeper Chelsey Sidaras (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) manned the net for the Stags, making seven saves, while Hofstra’s Kelsey Gregerson tallied five.
Despite the Pride outshooting the Stags 20-12, both teams had an equal 13-13 advantage in ground balls. Meghan Reda (Pleasantville, N.Y.) had a team-high three caused turnovers while Colleen Reynolds (Farmingdale, N.Y.) recorded two draw controls.
For Hofstra, Altomare had four goals with one assist and eight draw controls. Conto tallied two goals and two ground balls for the Pride.
Fairfield (1-1) will host their final game of their three-game homestand on Saturday. The Stags will host Rutgers on February 21 at 2:00 p.m. before traveling to Bethlehem, Pa. to face Lehigh on February 28 at 1:00 p.m.