By Regina Volpe – STAFF WRITER
Hofstra fails to push past James Madison.
The Pride women’s lacrosse team fell on the road to the James Madison Dukes on Sunday by a final score of 20-8.
Hofstra now has 3 wins and 8 losses overall, and one win and one loss in CAA play.
The first half showed promise for the Pride, with the offense racking up six goals. Both teams’ defenses played at the top of their game, creating a maze of people blocking the path to the goal.
The Pride offense fumbled in making passes though. These dropped balls gave JMU the opportunity to regain possession.
Graduate student Lindsay Scott led the team in goals, scoring four in the first half alone. Morgan Knox and Lexi Lenaghan, the freshman who scored the game-winning goal in the contest against William & Mary on Saturday, scored Hofstra’s remaining goals for the first period.
Coming out of a Hofstra timeout, the Dukes turned up the heat. Nearly doubling their goals in the last 15 minutes, the first half ended with JMU holding a seven goal lead over the Pride, 13-6.
Scott scored for the Pride again coming out of halftime. JMU responded and scored with a free-position goal by Brooks Lawler.
After this goal, there was a long battle for possession and neither team scored during the struggle. A foul on Hofstra’s Lindsey Alfano gave the Dukes another opportunity for a free-position attempt, and JMU used this to score once again.
JMU got the ball rolling after this goal, earning three more goals, giving them a 10-goal lead over the Pride. The lead caused the clock to run continuously, putting more pressure on the Pride to score again.
The Dukes didn’t back down, stretching their lead in the second half. Scott scored on a free position shot with only three minutes remaining in the contest.
Betsey Angel, a senior for the Dukes, scored the 100th goal of her career in the first half. She led her team along with Brooks Lawler in goals with four apiece.
Scott racked up a game-high six goals to lead the Pride.
After this game, neither team moved in the CAA standings. James Madison remains at the top with a perfect 3-0 conference record, and Hofstra drops to 1-1, remaining tied with Drexel and Elon.
The Pride takes on the Towson Tigers (2-0) at Shuart Stadium this Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m.