Drexel Rallies to Beat No. 19 Hofstra, 6-5
from press release
PHILADELPHIA – Drexel defender Dana Wilber scored with 3:14 to play in the game and Mark Manos made a big save in the final seconds as Drexel rallied to defeat No. 19 Hofstra, 6-5, at Vidas Field. The Dragons trailed by four goals before mounting the improbable comeback to improve to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Hofstra's record evened at 4-4 and 1-1.
Wilber made a big play on the defensive end of the field before scoring. He stripped Adrian Sorichetti just inside the box. Chris Farquhar picked up the ground ball and lobbed it over the top to Wilber. The senior raced the length of the field and fired a shot past Andrew Gvozden. Hofstra won the ensuing face off but could not score and Drexel got possession back. However, the Dragons turned the ball over twice in the last three minutes as the Pride got the ball back for the final possession. Mike DeNapoli had a chance to tie the game from about 10 yards in front of the cage, but Manos made the stop, gained possession and the Dragons came away with a one-goal win.
The Pride dominated play in the first quarter as Drexel struggled to gain possession. Hofstra won all five face-offs in the first period and outshot Drexel, 9-5. Hofstra scored twice in the first 3:10 of the game. Sorichetti, who scored seven times in the Pride's last outing, tallied an unassisted goal just 92 seconds into the game. Less than two minutes later, DeNapoli took a feed from Sorichetti to put the Pride up by a pair. The teams went more than 10 minutes without scoring before Hofstra added to late goals to increase its lead to 4-0. Tyler Johnston and Steve Serling each had unassisted goals. The drought continued well into the second quarter for the Dragons. Drexel was held off the board for the first 28 minutes of the game before Kyle Bergman finally found the net. He scored with just 1:11 left in the first half after taking a pass from Robert Church.
The Dragons got back in the game with a big third period. Devin Thomas won the opening face-off of the half cleanly and set up Church just six seconds into the period. The teams settled in and played evenly until Hofstra went up by three when Tyler Begley beat Manos to make it 5-2. Just over a minute later, the Dragons cut it back to two when Church scored again. It was his 13th of the season. The momentum started to swing Drexel's way as Thomas won all five face-offs in the third period. The Dragons took that into the fourth as Andrew Vivian closed the third with a goal with only 10 seconds left in the quarter. Jason Klunder set up Vivian, who scored from the doorstep. It didn't take long for the Dragons to tie it as Thomas again won the opening face-off of the fourth quarter and went straight for the cage and evened the score at 5-5.
The Dragons won eight of the 15 face-offs in the game, including seven of eight in the second half. Thomas was 8-for-11 and had six ground balls. Drexel outshot Hofstra, 35-24. Manos made 11 saves in the cage for the Dragons, while Gvozden had 10 for the Pride.
The Dragons return to CAA action at Delaware next Saturday at 7 p.m. in Newark, Del.
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