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Hofstra women’s lacrosse falls to Johns Hopkins at Shuart Stadium

Hofstra goalie Maddie Fields (24) looks to clear

Hofstra goalie Maddie Fields (24) looks to clear in the first half during an NCAA women's lacrosse game between Hofstra and Johns Hopkins on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Hofstra University. Credit: Bob Sorensen

Hofstra women’s lacrosse fell to a ranked opponent for the second straight week, but despite a lopsided margin, the Pride’s embattled defense had a solid afternoon.

Johns Hopkins defeated Hofstra, 12-4, in a non-conference women’s lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Shuart Stadium, despite 11 saves from Maddie Fields. The hosts were outshot 32-20 but still managed to hold a Top 40 offense under its goals per game average.

Alyssa Parrella (Miller Place), who came into the day tied for seventh nationally in goals per game, scored twice for Hofstra.

“I thought defensively we played well,” coach Shannon Smith said. “It sounds weird because we lost and let up 12 goals, but we played 90 percent of the game on defense, so to only let up 12 goals against such a strong offense is pretty impressive . . . We just didn’t help out our defense on the offensive side of the field.”

Hofstra (2-3) had 18 turnovers and only won seven of 18 draw controls, leading to their sizable deficit in shot attempts. Fields did her best to keep the Pride in the game, stopping 11 of the 23 shots on goal she faced, for a .478 save percentage. This marked a 10.5 percent improvement over her season average, while Hopkins’ previous opponents had just a .313 save rate (the national average is .430).

“She’s been putting in a lot of extra work and we’re going to need Maddy to continue that,” Smith said. “She did really have a big game for us.”

Johns Hopkins (7-1) had 19 turnovers and Carlee Ancona (East Islip) led Hofstra with three forced turnovers.

The Pride came into the day ranked 71st out of the 111 Division I teams in goals allowed per game (13.0) and 89th in save percentage (.373). Their calling card all season had been their offense, which came into the day ranked 38th in goals per game (12.5) but were stonewalled on Saturday by the nation’s 10th-ranked defense.

For the second straight week, Hofstra struggled to convert scoring opportunities into goals, converting on just 20 percent of its shot attempts after posting a 30-percent shooting percentage last week against top-ranked Maryland.

“Offensively, we weren’t dodging, we weren’t moving, we were throwing the ball away a lot,” Smith said. The Pride only put 11 of their 20 shot attempts on goal.

Johns Hopkins opened the game on a 5-0 run in the game’s first 10 minutes but were held to just one goal for the remainder of the half, and went into halftime ahead 6-1. The Blue Jays scored two goals in the first minute of the second half and led 12-2 with 13:51 left.


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