Hempstead, NY - Brittain Altomare scored an unassisted goal with 1:27 left in overtime to give Hofstra a come-from-behind 8-7 win over Fairfield at James M. Shuart Stadium Wednesday afternoon. The Pride outscored the Stags, 7-3, after falling behind 4-1 late in the first half.
Altomare finished with two goals and two assists on the afternoon, helping Hofstra improve to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2009. Hofstra also got two goals from Emily Considine, Jill Maier and Julia Riemer.
Hofstra rallied from a 3-0-deficit midway through the first half to draw within one, 4-3 at intermission. The Pride outshot the Stags, 11-6, in the half but Fairfield held a 6-2 edge in draw controls and Katie Keenan was able to stop four shots in the opening 30 minutes.
Fairfield opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the game as Melanie Raso converted a pass from Jamie Leone for a 1-0 lead. The Stags scored again 27 seconds later as Chloe Mangan notched the first of her two first half goals to make it a 2-0 advantage. The Hofstra defense settled and kept Fairfield off the board for the next 14:37 before Caitlin Townsend got a shot past Pride keeper Kelsey Gregerson at the 14:20 mark with Amanda Best notching the assist.
The Pride finally got their offense started at the 10:54 mark when Considine converted an Altomare pass for her fifth of the season. But Fairfield won the draw and scored 25 seconds later as Mangan recorded her second goal of the half.
Altomare made it a 4-2 contest at the 5:35 mark as she scored unassisted and Considine added her second goal of the game with 42 seconds left to pull Hofstra to within one at 4-3. Hofstra had a scoring opportunity in the closing seconds, but Keenan stopped a shot to keep the Stags up at halftime.
Fairfield increased its lead to 5-3 2:07 into the second half as Courtney Chmil scored an unassisted goal, her second of the season. But Hofstra got back to within one again with 25:04 remaining as Riemer scored her third goal of the season, making the score 5-4 in favor of the Stags.
The teams alternated goals over the next 1:30 as Best scored for Fairfield on a free position shot at 24:20 and Maier scored an unassisted goal for Hofstra, her third of the year, at 23:31.
The Pride tied the score at six following a Fairfield turnover caused by Considine. The ball eventually got to Riemer, who scored her second of the game and fourth of the season, to tie the score with 12:43 remaining.
Neither team would score the rest of the way, though both teams had chances. But Gregerson tallied five saves down the stretch in regulation, while Keenan had two.
Fairfield opened the scoring in the overtime as Raso notched her second of the game to give the Stags a 7-6 lead 36 seconds into the extra session. But Maier scored from Altomare 42 seconds later to tie the score once again. Following a turnover by Fairfield, Hofstra gained possession and Altomare took some time off the clock before scoring what proved to be the game-winner.
Fairfield did win the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over and Hofstra ran out the clock to seal the win.
Raso and Mangan led the Stags with two goals each, while Keenan finished with eight saves.
Altomare has a terrific all-around game as in addition to her scoring, the sophomore contributed three ground balls, four caused turnovers and one draw control. Considine added a team-high four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Gregerson had six saves and three ground balls for the Pride.
Hofstra held a 24-17 edge in shots and a 25-23 advantage in ground balls. After their first half struggles in the draw control department, the Pride won seven of 10 draws in the second half and overtime.
The Pride close out a season opening three-game home stand this Saturday versus Colgate at 11 a.m. The game is part of a Hofstra Lacrosse doubleheader as the Pride men's team will face Princeton at 1:30 p.m. For tickets, call (516) HOF-TIXX.