Philadelphia, PA – Junior midfielder Jill Maier carried the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse team to a big win in its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener as she poured in five goals to lead the Pride to a 15-9 victory over Drexel on Thursday afternoon.
Hofstra evens its overall record at 2-2 with the win, while opening up CAA play with a 1-0 mark. Drexel slips to 2-2 and 0-1 in league play.
It marks the fifth time in the last six years that Hofstra has won its first CAA game of the season.
Hofstra got off to a hot start in the contest as the Pride scored the first four goals of the game and led 4-0 with 20:12 left in the opening stanza following a goal from junior attacker Taylor Albright. The early game charge was led by Maier, who scored twice in the game’s first three minutes to put Hofstra ahead.
Drexel would end the Pride run with a pair of tallies, both by Alyse Maiden, before freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare extended the advantage back to three goals (5-2) with goal at the 7:13 mark of the first half.
The Dragons would take some momentum into the break as Charlotte Wood scored with four seconds left in the first half to cut the Pride lead to two once again.
Maiden would open the second half score to close the Dragon deficit to one, 5-4, before freshman attacker April Iannetta and senior midfielder Maryann Miller each scored for the Pride to give Hofstra some much needed breathing room at 7-4.
Drexel would have one final run left in them as a goal from Amanda Norcini closed the gap to 9-7 with 11:44 left before Hofstra took control of the contest as Maier scored three times in a three-minute span to open up a commanding 12-8 lead over the Dragons. Hofstra would cruise from that point in earning its first conference win of the season.
Albright was second on the team with four points as she contributed two goals and two assists.
Sophomore attacker Jenn Ward led Hofstra with two ground balls, while senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf made seven saves to earn the win.
Maiden led Drexel with four goals and two assists.
Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when it hosts No. 3 Maryland at 1 p.m. in the Pride’s home opener.