Giordano's Four Points Pace Women's Lax Past Hofstra, 8-4

#4 Penn at Hofstra Box Score (PDF)

No. 4 Penn ventured out on the road for the first time this season on Wednesday, picking up an 8-4 win over Hofstra on Long Island.

Senior Giulia Giordano led the way for Penn with three goals and an assist as Penn broke open a 4-3 game with a four-goal run in the second half. Emily Leitner had nine saves once again in goal for her third win of the season.

The Quakers scored the first three goals of the game as part of a 4-2 run in the opening 30 minutes. Four different players scored in the first half, as the Red and Blue got goals from Erin Brennan, Giulia Giordano, Bridget Waclawik and Tory Bensen to build the two-goal lead at the break.

Penn had a 14-7 advantage on shots in the first half, forcing Hofstra goalkeeper Jackie Pandolf to make eight saves in the opening stanza. Hofstra had the edge on draw controls as well with a 5-2 lead in the first half, working to keep possession, but the Red and Blue made their trips downfield count.

In the opening minutes, Penn's Emily Leitner made a save on a free position attempt by Hannah Whitely and the Quakers stormed back down the field with Brennan finding the back of the cage on a pass from Giordano just 13 seconds after the Leitner stop.

10 minutes later, Giordano scored a goal of her own off a pass from Waclawik with 16:51 to play in the first half. Again, the play started with Penn's defense as Meredith Cain forced a turnover from Emily Corzel. That sequence led to a Caroline Bunting shot that went wide, but the Red and Blue corralled the loose ball and Waclawik found Giordano for her fifth goal of the season.

The Quakers scored their third unanswered goal to open the game on an unassisted strike from Waclawik for her second score of 2011. Leitner intercepted a bad Hofstra pass to send Penn back in transition, with Waclawik putting the finishing touches on the individual effort.

The Pride got on the board with 5:40 to play in the first half on a free position goal off the stick of Maryann Miller. Penn answered with a Tory Bensen goal two-plus minutes later, but the Pride again scored on a free position with just 8.8 seconds remaining on the clock to get the game within two at halftime.

Hofstra added a third goal early in the second half when Stephanie Rice converted another free position for the Pride with 27:36 left in the game.

However, after that goal, the Quakers unleashed a furious run, scoring three goals in five minutes to take a 7-3 lead. Giordano two goals in the run, the first off an assist from Brennan, the second was a free position score after taking a good bump while rushing to goal. Sandwiched in between the two Giordano tallies was the sixth of the season from Caroline Bunting who found open space in front of the cage for the score.

Sophomore Kelly McCallion then pounced on a rebound after a Pandolf save to score her third of the season and give Penn an 8-3 lead. Miller got one back for the Pride with 7:07 left on a off-balance shot in tight, giving Hofstra a modicum of hope for the final moments. That hope went by the wayside when Leitner stoned Jackie Ardolino on a free position with 5:05 to play.

Penn finished with a 25-18 advantage in shots, but Pandolf had the individual lead in saves with 13 to Leitner's nine. This is the second game in a row Leitner has had nine saves in a winning effort. Giordano finished with three goals and an assist to go with three caused turnovers. Lindsey Smith had two ground balls and a caused turnover on defense while Maddie Poplawski (three) and Meredith Cain (two) had Penn's five draw controls. For Hofstra, Jill Maier had five draw controls to go with a ground ball and a caused turnover, but was held off the scoring list. Miller had two goals for the Pride.

Penn improves to 3-0 in 2011 with the first game of the Ivy League slate on the horizon Saturday afternoon at Harvard at 1 p.m.

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