Hempstead, N.Y. - The Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team scored five straight goals in the second half and held New Hampshire scoreless during a nearly 14-minute stretch as the Pride posted a come-from-behind 13-12 victory over the Wildcats in the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Freshman Emily Considine scored all four of her goals in the second half in her first collegiate game while senior Jill Maier and junior Julia Riemer both added two goals to lift Hofstra to a season-opening win for the sixth time in the last seven years. Hofstra is now 7-4 in its last 11 home openers.
Sophomore Brittain Altomare tied a career-high with four assists to help Hofstra's Shannon Smith earn a victory in her first game as a head coach. Smith, a three-time first-team lacrosse All-America selection, was hired as the ninth head coach in the history of the program last summer.
Amber Casiano scored four goals and Laura Puccia and Jenny Simpson each recorded hat tricks for UNH. Laura McHoul had five assists. The Wildcats also saw a new head coach maker her debut with Sarah Albrecht coaching her first game.
Hofstra did not post its first lead until 5:46 remained when senior Claire Brady scored just inside the left post off a free-position attempt for a 12-11 Hofstra lead.
Simpson scored off a FPS attempt to give UNH an 11-8 edge with 14:04 left. Hofstra then scored five straight times as Emily von Hollen and Reimer posted back-to-back goals 16 seconds apart.
Hofstra battled back to within a single goal on four seperate occasions before finally getting the equalizer when Becky Conto scored off Reimer's crisp pass to tie it at 11 with 6:39 left. Conto, a freshman, ensured her first collegiate goal was a memorable one. In all, five goals came from Hofstra freshmen.
Considine, a transfer from Syracuse, added a key insurance goal with 31 seconds left when she registered her fourth of the game for a 13-11 lead. That cushion proved crucial when Puccia fired UNH's last salvo with a goal with just less than eight seconds left. The Wildcats could not gain possession on the ensuing draw control, preserving Hofstra's victory.
Considine scored her first career goal, converting Altomare's centering feed for a goal to cut UNH's lead to 7-5 just 2:11 into the second half. She then picked up the multi-goal game in her first collegiate action, adding another goal less than two minutes later to put the Pride within one.
Hinkle scored for UNH and Considine added her hat trick goal with 17:42 left to put Hofstra within 9-8.
Casiano scored her fourth goal off a wraparound to make it 10-8 in favor of UNH just before the midway point of the second half.
UNH raced to a 4-0 lead in the opening 15:13 minutes. Hofstra scored three of the next four goals, though the Wildcats scored two of the final three in the period to take a 7-4 lead into halftime.
Casiano notched three goals and an assist in the opening half and McHoul posted four assists to give the Wildcats a three-goal lead. Maier started her campaign in strong fashion, finding the net on two of her first three shots before the break.
The Wildcats produced 13 shots on goal in the opening half. Casiano scored into a vacant net when Hofstra attempted to generate a turnover in its own end, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 edge nearly halfway into the season's opening period.
Maier gave Hofstra a lift when she scored Hofstra's first goal of 2013 on the next possession, taking Altomare's feed and firing a low head-on shot to put the Pride on the scoreboard.
Hofstra was stellar on the draw controls in the second half as they won 11 of the 15 draw controls after halftime en route to a 17-10 lead in that category for the game.
Hofstra will next be in action on Wednesday when the Pride hosts Fairfield at 2 p.m. from James M. Shuart Stadium.