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Hofstra's Brittain Altomare leads attack in near upset of No. 20 Ohio State

Hofstra's Brittain Altomare, left, looks to get past

Hofstra's Brittain Altomare, left, looks to get past Ohio State's Taylor Donahue during the second half of a game at Shuart Stadium on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Brittain Altomare has been lighting up the scoreboard all season for the Hofstra women's lacrosse team. It was no different Saturday afternoon against No. 20 Ohio State as the Pride hosted the Buckeyes

Altomare did all she could but in the end it was not enough as Ohio State rallied for a 9-8 win at Shuart Stadium.

"Brittain had a great game for us," Hofstra coach Shannon Smith said. "Two goals, three assists and seven draw controls -- what else can you ask from the kid on the field?"

Altomare assisted on Emily Considine's second goal of the game with 14:04 remaining in the second half to give the Pride a 7-6 lead. Altomare then scored an unassisted goal two minutes, thirty seconds later to give Hofstra a two-goal cushion. She nearly added another after cleanly winning the ensuing draw control and breaking down the middle of the field before firing a shot high.

Altomare has 18 goals and 17 assists on the season.

Leading 5-3 late in the first half with

Hofstra (5-3) had a 5-3 lead late in the first half when Altomare had another point-blank chance and buried it, only to have it waved off by officials.

"Our team heard the whistle but Ohio State was arguing that they didn't hear it but the whistle blew," Altomare said. "Straight out the whistle blew and that should have been a goal, but those are the things that happen in a game."

Ohio State (6-3) took advantage of the call and scored with just 19 seconds remaining in the half, something Smith said drastically changed momentum.

The Buckeyes swung the game in their favor one final time late in the second half, scoring three goals in a 3:23 span to take a 9-8 lead.

"It was that last five minutes that killed us," Altomare said. "We dominated them all over the field but we just couldn't come up with the win."

Goalie Kelsey Gregerson, who made six saves, gave the Pride hope when she made a big save in the final minute, but Hofstra was unable to corral the groundball.

"Those are the little things we're going to work on," Smith said. "We don't want to peak too early and we think we're going to hit our stride just in time for conference play."

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