Fairfax, VA – Five different players had hat tricks for Hofstra, with freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare totaling seven points (three goals, four assists) to lead the way as the Pride posted a 23-7 victory over George Mason on Sunday afternoon at George Mason Stadium.
The 23 goals tie the program record for goals in a game, set back on March 15, 1996 in a 23-5 season-opening win over Davidson.
The win ended a seven-game losing skid for Hofstra, which improved to 3-9 and 2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. George Mason falls to 2-10 and 0-3 in league play.
It was all Hofstra to start as the Pride scored the first six goals of the game as six different players found the back of the net to give Hofstra the lead eight minutes into the contest.
George Mason would score twice in the span of five minutes to close to within 6-2 with 13:42 to play in the opening half before Hofstra all but ended the game with a half-closing 9-0 run to lead 15-2 at the break.
Hofstra scored its 15 goals on 25 first half shots as they won 11 of the 18 first half draw controls.
Junior midfielder Jill Maier started the 9-0 scoring run with her second of the game at the 11:05 mark and would finish her hat trick before the break as she added another with 5:39 to play in the opening stanza.
Freshman attack April Iannetta also picked up a hat trick before the intermission as she concluded it with back-to-back goals late in the half that made the score 12-2 at the time.
The run in total would be 12 straight Hofstra goals as the Pride scored the first three goals of the second half to lead 18-2 with 22:08 left in regulation. Sophomore attack Jenn Ward had two of the goals to open the half, while the third was scored by Altomare.
Hofstra would take its largest lead of the game with 8:48 to play as sophomore attack Lindsay McKinnon scored an unassisted tally to make the score 21-4 in favor of the Pride.
After George Mason closed to within 21-7 with 3:34 to play, Hofstra would score the final two goals of the game as Altomare and sophomore attack Callahan Foley found the back of the net to account for the final margin of 23-7.
Senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf earned her third win of the season with four saves.
Ward added six points in the game on three goals and three assists, while senior midfielder Maryann Miller, Iannetta and Maier added hat tricks for the Pride.
Sophomore midfielder Liz Anders picked up two ground balls to lead Hofstra, while Altomare added four draw controls to her spectacular afternoon.
Rachel Obregon had three goals to lead the Patriots. Katie Teague picked up two ground balls for George Mason. Emily Ellisen had a game-high five draw controls.
Hofstra returns to action on Friday when it travels to Towson for a 7 p.m. contest.