Courtesy Hofstra Athletic Communications
Hofstra freshman woman’s lacrosse attacker Lindsay McKinnon has not been playing like someone who is still adjusting to the collegiate level.
The Fairport, N.Y native, who is only a year removed from earning high school All-American honors, has registered seven points in the Hofstra’s last two victories over Notre Dame and Fairfield to help give the Pride (4-5) momentum heading into Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. None of McKinnon’s points was any bigger than her free position goal with 7.8 seconds left against the 17th-ranked Fighting Irish that propelled Hofstra to a come-from-behind 9-8 win over a team the Pride had lost three games to by a combined four goals from 2008-2010. McKinnon’s heroics against Notre Dame earned her CAA Rookie of the Week accolades.
“The speed of the game is a lot faster,” said McKinnon of her biggest adjustment playing college women’s lacrosse a year out of high school. “You have to make quicker decisions, you have to give one less cradle on a feed, but having girls above me like Steph Rice and Claire Bady really taking me under their wings and Claire helping me feed behind the crease has really helped welcome me and really give me that confidence as a freshman that you don’t always come in with.”
Points are certainly something McKinnon is accustomed to after registering 47 goals and 68 assists her senior season at Fairport High School, located just outside of Rochester. Through her first nine collegiate games McKinnon has 14 points on nine goals and five assists and is the Pride’s fourth-leading scorer.
McKinnon will try and continue the fast start to her collegiate career next weekend when Hofstra opens CAA play at Delaware Friday night and home against Towson Sunday afternoon. The continued progression of McKinnon could be key in Hofstra’s effort to make the CAA playoffs for the second straight year.