Towson, Md. – Junior forward Sam Scolarici scored twice, including an 86th minute strike, to lift Hofstra to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Towson on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Leah Galton assisted on both of Scolarici second-half goals as Hofstra improved to 9-5-1 and 3-2-1 in CAA play. Towson’s Emily Banes scored the Tigers only goal, but the home team dropped to 2-6 in league play and 7-10-1.
Scolarici extended her league-leading goal total to 16. That figures trails only Carlene Wawrzonek’s 17 set in 1994 for the Hofstra single-season record. It was the fourth multi-goal game of the season for the Aldie, Va. native.
Banes gave Towson the early lead with an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute. Her 13th goal of the season came when she dribbled in on the left side and beat Hofstra senior goalkeeper Emily Morphitis to the top corner.
But Scolarici scored the equalizer less than three minutes later. Galton sent in a cross from the left side and Scolarici finished in the 55th minute for the equalizer. The duo linked again for the game-winner with 4:20 left in regulation when Galton slid a pass near the goal line that Scolarici finished. Galton now has a Hofstra-leading 11 assists on the season.
Scolarici now has 31 career goals, becoming just the third player in program history to reach the 30-goal plateau. She trails only Suzanne Newell’s 36 goals (set from 1994-97) and Christa Eidenweil’s record of 39 goals set from 1997-00.
Banes also found herself in her school’s record book. She became Towson’s all-time goal scoring leader with her 28th career goal. She is also the team’s all-time leader in points with 73.
Hofstra will return home after nearly a month on the road when the Pride hosts William & Mary on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be a rematch of last season’s CAA Tournament semifinals in which the Pride advanced in a shootout.