PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Hofstra University women allowed three goals during a span of two minutes and 38 seconds as they suffered a 4-1 defeat to No. 21 Rutgers University at Yurcak Field Thursday evening.
With the game tied at 1-1, Shea Holland snapped the deadlock with a shot from distance at 71:17.
Only 25 seconds later, Emily Harrigan, off assists from Brittany LaPlant and Taylor Aylmer, gave the hosts some breathing room at 3-1.
Amirah Ali closed out the scoring off a LaPlant feed at 73:55.
Hofstra (2-3), which has a 0-4 mark vs. the Scarlet Knights, controlled the pace for nearly the entire first half, firing Rutgers with seven shots, with five on target by the midway point. Rutgers (5-0) had an opportunity off a free kick early on as a deflection led to a defensive save by junior Sabrina Bryan.
Just under three minutes later, Hofstra broke through when junior Lucy Shepherd took a shot off the Scarlet Knight goalkeeper off passes from junior Lucy Porter and junior Bella Richards.
The Pride nearly doubled its advantage on a 1 v 1 opportunity, but keeper Meagan McClelland made a sliding stop on a shot by Miri Taylor, before Hofstra junior Skylar Kuzmich made a two-handed diving save on another one-on-one opportunity on the opposite end shortly after.
Rutgers found the equalizer five minutes into the second half when Nneka Moneme slid a shot past Kuzmich.
Hofstra visits Stony Brook for the Long Island Rivalry at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.