Women's Lacrosse Downed By Hofstra
March 9, 2004
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (1-3) fell to Hofstra University (1-1) by a score of 10-8, on the Pride's home turf. The Minutewomen scoring was led by senior attacker Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.) and freshman midfielder Brianna Bubeck (Selkirk, N.Y.), who scored three and two goals, respectively.
Hofstra took an early lead, scoring two goals within the first minute of play. Massachusetts was able to get their offense going in the sixth minute, as Bubeck scored on an assist from senior captain Tracey Drown (Nashua, N.H.). Drown then tallied a goal of her own on a free-position shot, to knot the score at 2-2. The Pride scored six more goals in the first half, while sophomore Lindsay Cassell (Weston, Mass.) scored on a free-position shot and Zelinger notched a goal, assisted by Cassell, for the Minutewomen.
With an 8-4 halftime lead, Hofstra began the second half much like the first, as Jill Wienecke scored her third of the game at 22:14. Facing a 9-4 deficit, UMass tried to mount a comeback, scoring three consecutive goals. Zelinger netted one at 19:36 from Cassell, Bubeck tallied her second of the game from Drown just 27 seconds later and freshman midfielder Samantha Sepulveda (Freeport, N.Y.) notched the first of her career at 15:54, unassisted, to cut the lead to 9-7. The score stayed that way until the Pride made it 10-7 with 3:15 left to play. Zelinger tried to spark another late run with an unassisted goal with just 1:42 left to play, but it was all the scoring UMass would get, as it suffered its third straight defeat.
Junior goalkeeper Joey Rubin (Yorktown, N.Y.) got her first start of the season between the pipes for the Minutewomen, making 10 saves, but giving up 10 goals. Her Hofstra counterpart, Lisa Papa got the win with seven saves while allowing eight UMass goals.
The Minutewomen return to action on Wednesday, March 17, as they travel to Albany, N.Y. for a 12:00 p.m. match with the University of Albany and then on to Syracuse on March 19, for a 5:00 p.m. tilt with the Orangewomen.