March 26, 2011

Braddish, Antoinades Help Hofstra Top Drexel

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Ian Braddish tallied a team-high three points on a goal and two assists and John Antoniades won 15 of 21 face-offs to lead the eighth-ranked Pride of Hofstra to an 11-6 victory over the Drexel Dragons in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Pride, who won their second consecutive game and their 13th straight home game, improve to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. Drexel, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, slip to 5-4 on the year and 1-1 in conference play.

Braddish, a sophomore, recorded his best-output of the season with the three points and scored the final tally of a six-goal Hofstra run that gave the Pride a 7-2 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half. Antoniades, who continues his fine play at the face-off X, won 15 face-offs, assisted on a goal during the run, and picked up a game-high eight ground balls. Four Pride players scored two goals as seniors Jamie Lincoln and Jay Card, sophomore Aaron Jones and freshman Torin Varn dented the twine twice. Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden made six saves to post his seventh win of the year.

The Dragons of Drexel were led by Robert Church, who posted two goals and three assists while Scott Perri and Brendan Glynn each recorded a goal and an assist.

Drexel scored the game's first goal and jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first 10:25 as Glynn and Church sandwiched a Hofstra goal by Stephen Bentz for the early advantage. But the Pride tallied six unanswered goals and eight of the next nine to take a big lead. Card started the run with his 14th goal of the year, just five seconds after Church's goal off a pass from Antoniades, to tie the game at 2-2. Just 58 seconds later, Aaron Jones notched his second of the year on a 13-yard bullet that beat Drexel goalie Mark Manos (11 saves). Senior Stephen DeNapoli was the benefactor of Antoniades' hard work off the next face-off, taking a pass from the sophomore, sprinting half the field and scoring his first of the year from five yards 11 seconds later. Lincoln gave the Pride a 5-2 advantage with his 13th goal of the season, from Bentz, with 2:08 to play in the first quarter.

Card notched his 15th on an unassisted goal 4:25 into the second quarter and Braddish scored his seventh of the season, also unassisted, almost four minutes later for a 7-2 lead with 6:57 to play in the half.  Drexel junior Kyle Bergman ended the run with his 10th goal of the year, from Church, to cut the deficit to 7-3. But Varn notched his second of the year, from Braddish, with 2:45 to play in the second to close out the scoring in the half with the Pride holding a comfortable 8-3 cushion. Hofstra outshot Drexel, 23-8 and picked up 18 ground balls to the Dragons nine in the first half.

Lincoln boosted the Hofstra lead to six at 9-3 with his second of the day and 14th of the year 5:20 into the third quarter. Drexel tallied the next two goals, as Perri scored his 25th of the year, a man-up tally, 2:30 later, and Church added his second of the day and 14th of the year with 4:58 remaining in the period to close to 9-5 after three quarters.

But Hofstra's Jones and Varn sandwiched a Drexel goal by Nick Trizano in the fourth quarter to even its record at 1-1 in the CAA after a conference opening loss to Delaware last week. The Pride finished the game outshooting the Dragons, 39-15 and picking up 37 ground balls to Drexel's 19.

The Pride will return to action next Saturday, April 2 when they travel south to face the Tigers of Towson in a CAA battle at Johnny Unitas Stadium at noon.


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