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Alyssa Parrella, Alexa Mattera lift Hofstra women over Columbia

Alyssa Parrella of Hofstra University catches a pass

Alyssa Parrella of Hofstra University catches a pass during an NCAA women's lacrosse game against Bucknell at Shuart Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Credit: James Escher

Alyssa Parrella played a new position Tuesday night, but in terms of production, it was business as usual.

The sophomore scored five goals at attack to lead Hofstra to a 17-8 win over Columbia in a non-conference women’s lacrosse game at Shuart Stadium. The Pride (4-4) also got a boost from Alexa Mattera, who had four goals and an assist, and Maddie Fields, who made nine saves on 14 shots on goal.

“It was nice to have a breather where I could focus on that one side of the field,” said Parrella, who usually plays in the midfield and led the Colonial Athletic Association in goals and points per game last season. “I did miss playing defense and playing in between the 30s [but] today really helped me focus on that job I had to do.”

“We were trying to get Alyssa into different positions,” Pride coach Shannon Smith said. “I think she played really well on the attacking side of the field. I think it gives her more energy and more bounce in her step. It worked tonight. If we need to move her back into the midfield, we have no problem doing that because she’s versatile.”

She also led Hofstra in draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers last year, but on Tuesday, the Pride defense and midfield picked up the slack with Parrella upfront. Darcie Smith had seven draw controls, Mattera had six and Katie Whelan added four (in addition to a pair of goals), helping give Hofstra a 19-8 edge in the circle. The Pride outshot Columbia, 41-21.

“Columbia is a really tough team . . . and they have a lot of weapons, but we were able to take them out of their offense,” Smith said. “Maddie was seeing the ball really well. Defensively, we were doing a great job at forcing low angle shots and she was stealing a couple and coming up with some really great saves.”

Madison Corcoran was another part of the defensive effort, and matched up in man-to-man defense against Columbia’s leading point producer, Victoria Kalamaras. Kalamaras came into the matchup with 16 goals and 17 assists but was held to one assist and no goals.

Orna Madigan scored for Columbia (3-6) with 5:10 left in the first half to cut the Hofstra lead to 6-4, before the Pride went on a 6-0 run that was capped by Darcie Smith’s goal with 24:46 left. Drew Shapiro (two goals), Jenna Budd, Shannon Boyle and Tessa Sinatro also scored for Hofstra.

Said Fields: “There’s nothing like getting a big win like this and having everyone on the field do well.”

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