It marked the season opener for UNH while Hofstra improved to 2-0. The game featured five ties – at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 – and three lead changes before the home team built a three-goal advantage of 8-5 in the second half.
Talbot reached her personal milestone when she gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at of the first half. The Pride netted the next two goals at and to go ahead 2-1., UNH’s Ashley Durepo (
Corrine Ganfolfi (two goals, assist) knotted the score, 3-3, at and Stephanie Rice scored with 10 seconds remaining in the half to give Hofstra a 4-3 halftime lead.
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Hofstra scored three goals in a span of to quickly build an 8-5 advantage. Courtney O’Connor opened the surge at 24:58, then Whitcomb and Gandolfi potted their second goals at and , respectively, to create the three-goal cushion and prompt UNH to call time out.
Talbot scored a free-position goal at to trim the deficit to 8-6, then pulled the ‘Cats within one goal with remaining in regulation. The Pride called a timeout at that point but UNH won the ensuing draw control. Ashley Crook (
Hofstra maintained possession for the last to secure the win.
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The Wildcats recorded a 16-13 edge in ground balls but Hofstra had the advantage in shots (22-20) and draw controls (12-5).
Talbot has career totals of 79 goals and 23 assists for 102 points in 54 games.