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Maryland women's lacrosse hits the road - faces Hofstra

Maryland looks to avoid post Carolina letdown when they travel to Long Island to face a second CAA squad - the Hofstra Pride.

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WHO: Maryland Terrapins (2-0, 0-0) @ Hofstra Pride (2-1, 0-0)

WHAT: Women's lacrosse non-conference game

WHERE: James M. Shurt Stadium, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 1:00 p.m. ET

WATCH: In Person

STREAM: Hofstra Athletics

It would not be unreasonable to look at the early part of the Maryland women's lacrosse schedule and liken it to a roller coaster. The Terps opened their season at William & Mary - a team expected to finish near the bottom of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). For their second game, the Terrapins had to scale the heights of facing the nation's second ranked team - the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The level of competition takes a two game dip beginning with game three when the Terps visit the home field of another CAA opponent - the Hofstra Pride. In the preseason CAA poll, Hofstra was picked to finish tied for third so while they should be a marginally stiffer challenge than the Tribe, the Pride shouldn't be as formidable an opponent as the Tar Heels.

The lowdown

Hofstra enters the game 2-1 having beaten New Hampshire and Fairfield before losing in their most recent contest at Harvard. Hofstra scored 15 goals in the opener against New Hampshire and matched that total in the next two games combined.

The Pride have one true standout player on each side of the ball. On attack, they are led by 5'6" Wolfstown, MD senior Brittain Altomare (#5). Altomare, a 2014 All-CAA performer, leads the Pride in both goals and assists with eight of each through the first three games. Hofstra's second and third scoring options are (#12) Tiana Parrella who has five goals and two assists and (#18) Morgan Knox with four goals and three assists.

In the defensive half, the Pride returns 2014 CAA Defensive Player of the Year April Iannetta (#9). The 5'6" senior from Wantagh, NY is also the current CAA Defensive Player of the Week. Goalie Kelsey Gregerson (#34) has had a solid start to her senior season making 26 saves in three games. Her .531 save percentage is the 18th best in the country.

Saturday will be the fourth consecutive year the teams have faced off and the fourth all-time meeting for the two schools and the third time the Terps have made the trip to Long Island (or is it LawnGuyLand?). Maryland has won the three previous games by a combined score of 41-17 with the closest contest a 16-11 win in the lone game the Terps have hosted in the series.