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Hofstra midfielder Maryann Miller moves around the top (Credit: George A. Faella)

Hofstra midfielder Maryann Miller moves around the top of the crease as Rutgers midfielder Ali Steinberg defends. (March 10, 2012)

Rutgers 15, Hofstra 7

Hofstra women's lacrosse coach Abby Morgan thought her team was ready for its key non-conference game against Rutgers Saturday. It turned out to be the opposite as the Pride struggled to crack Rutgers' defense in a 15-7 loss at Shuart Stadium. Anytime Hofstra's attackers got close there seemed to be a wall of defenders waiting.

Hofstra's Jenn Ward moves around the outside as
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Hofstra's Jenn Ward moves around the outside as Rutgers' Hollie Dimuro stays close. (March 10, 2012)

Hofstra midfielder Maryann Miller moves around the top
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Hofstra midfielder Maryann Miller moves around the top of the crease as Rutgers midfielder Ali Steinberg defends. (March 10, 2012)

Hofstra attacker Claire Brady moves past the stick
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Hofstra attacker Claire Brady moves past the stick check of Rutgers midfielder Stephanie Anderson. (March 10, 2012)

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Hofstra midfielder Brittain Altomare gets the shot off
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Hofstra midfielder Brittain Altomare gets the shot off against Rutgers. (March 10, 2012)

Hofstra midfielder Alex Mezzanotte gets the shot off
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Hofstra midfielder Alex Mezzanotte gets the shot off against Rutgers. (March 10, 2012)

Hofstra midfelder April Iannetta watches her shot hit
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Hofstra midfelder April Iannetta watches her shot hit the net against Rutgers goalie Lily Kalata. (March 10, 2012)

Hofstra goalie Jaclyn Pandolf prepares to make the
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Hofstra goalie Jaclyn Pandolf prepares to make the save on the Rutgers shot. (March 10, 2012)

Hofstra midfielder Lindsay McKinnon looks for the outlet
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Hofstra midfielder Lindsay McKinnon looks for the outlet pass as Rutgers midfielder Sarah Mahon defends. (March 10, 2012)

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Hofstra midfielder Jill Maier splits the Rutgers defense
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Hofstra midfielder Jill Maier splits the Rutgers defense and gets into the offensive zone. (March 10, 2012)

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