Hempstead, N.Y. – Hofstra junior attacker Sam Lenox scored with 14 seconds left to break a tie as the Pride posted an 8-7 win over Fairfield in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Junior attacker Brittain Altomare notched a hat trick with three goals and two assists and five other Hofstra players contributed goals to help Hofstra even its record at 1-1. Fairfield’s Colleen Reynolds scored two goals but the Stags fell to 0-1.
Fairfield erased a 7-4 deficit with three straight goals in the final 6:13. Melanie Raso scored the tying goal with 39 seconds left and Fairfield won the draw control. But Lenox notched her first goal of the game and the second of the season when Stags goalkeeper Chelsey Sidaras came out of net to play the ball and lost control. Lenox fired a low shot at the vacant goal mouth before Sidaras could run back into position to give Hofstra the late win.
The game, which was originally scheduled to be played at Fairfield, marked the first game for the season on the Pride’s home turf. Hofstra improved to 8-4 in its last 12 home openers.
Senior midfielders Alexandra Mezzanotte and Jenn Ward scored goals for Hofstra, which built a three-goal lead in the final eight minutes before Fairfield’s comeback attempt. Altomare became the second Hofstra player to record a multi-goal game this season, joining senior Emily von Hollen, who accomplished the feat in the season opener at New Hampshire last weekend.
Five different goal scorers helped the Pride take a 5-2 halftime lead as Hofstra built a 15-9 shot advantage.
Considine opened the scoring just 35 seconds in with an unassisted strike. Hofstra scored the first game’s first three goals with Ward and Mezzanotte both capitalizing on Altomare feeds for close-range goals through the game’s first 16 minutes.
Jenna Slowey put Fairfield on the board and Colleen Reynolds scored 31 seconds later to make it a one-goal game. But the Pride ended the half with momentum as Altomare and Lindsay McKinnon each scored their first goals of the season. Gregerson made four saves in the half to help her team take a three-goal edge into the break.
Altomare extended Hofstra’s run to 4-0 with a goal just 1:12 into the second half. Jamie Leone and Julieanne Mascera scored back-to-back goals before Altomare teamed with Considine for the hat trick with 7:36 left. That goal, which made it 7-4, would be crucial as Reynolds, Addie Reilly and Raso all scored to tie it before Lenox’s heroics put the Pride on top.
Hofstra will be back on the road on Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Pride faces Colgate.