For much of this season, Hofstra had been the team with an edge in shot volume and draw controls.
On Friday night, the script was flipped, as the Pride fell to Dartmouth, 17-9, in a non-conference women’s lacrosse game at Shuart Stadium. Hofstra, which trailed 8-0 less than 10 minutes into the game, was outshot, 36-19, and lost 18 of the game’s 28 draw controls.
“It’s a disappointing loss,” Pride coach Shannon Smith said. “Dartmouth played really well on the offensive side of the field. They really killed us on the draw controls, which was a big difference for them.”
Hofstra (3-4) lost the game’s first six draws, despite coming into the game with a 55.7 percent success rate in the circle.
The Pride was not helped by the absence of leading scorer Alyssa Parrella, who left the game in the first half with an apparent injury.
“She’s a little banged up right now, but she’ll be OK. We’ll hopefully have her on Tuesday (for Hofstra’s next game against Columbia),” Smith said.
Hofstra did not get on the board until there was 13:57 left in the first half when Alexa Mattera scored the first of her four goals. Dartmouth (4-1) answered with goals from Campbell Brewer and Kathryn Giroux, before Drew Shapiro and Carlee Ancona scored for Hofstra to make it 10-3 with 9:42 left. That was as close as Hofstra got, as the visitors scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the first half and opened the second on a 3-1 run.
Katie Whelan also scored for the Pride, giving the freshman from Long Beach eight goals in her last four games.
“We weren’t able to get our offense going because we were on defense so much in the first half,” Smith said. “We need to get better and start communicating better.”