Pride women rally again for lacrosse win

Hofstra's Brittain Altomare reacts after scoring the game-winning Hofstra's Brittain Altomare reacts after scoring the game-winning goal with 1:26 remaining in the second half of overtime in an NCAA women's lacrosse game vs. Fairfield at Shuart Stadium. (Feb. 20, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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Hofstra women's lacrosse coach Shannon Smith wants her team to learn how to win close games, but maybe not quite the way the Pride has won its first two games of the season. After trailing by three goals, the Pride came back to beat visiting Fairfield, 8-7, in overtime Wednesday at Shuart Stadium.

That was a bit of progress from the season opener against New Hampshire, when Hofstra started four goals down before winning by one.

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"Sloppy," Smith said afterward, "But I thought the team in general did a good job at staying tough and focused, especially in the overtime. I think that's where their credit is due. But we need to figure out how to not come out slow and flat, how to put a full 60 minutes together."

The six-minute overtime started with the score tied at 6. Fairfield (1-1) struck first as Melanie Raso (Farmingdale) found the back of the net with her second goal. But Jill Maier tied the score at 7 on her second goal and sophomore Brittain Altomare, who had assisted on Maier's goal, fired home what proved to be the winner with 1:27 left. Altomare had two goals and two assists. Emily Considine and Julia Riemer also scored twice.

The comeback did not start until Considine got Hofstra on the board with 10:54 left in the first half. That made the score 3-1. Fairfield led 4-3 at intermission and Hofstra never got the lead until Altomare's tally in overtime.

"I think that everyone on the team had the mindset going into it that we were going to win," Maier said. "The overtime was the same mentality, we just went out for that six minutes and I don't think there was a doubt in anyone's mind that we were going to win."

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SBU women lose.Claire Petersen had three goals, but Stony Brook couldn't overcome an early five-goal deficit in a 16-9 loss to No. 3 Florida. Demmianne Cook added two goals for Stony Brook (1-1). Former Northport star Shannon Gilroy had four goals for Florida (4-0).

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