Drexel vs. Hofstra
March 24, 2012
The Game Story:
Philadelphia, PA - Five Hofstra players scored goals but Drexel rallied back from a 4-0 first half deficit to post a 6-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory in the rain at Vidas Field Saturday night. The Pride had their record evened at 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the CAA while Drexel improved to 4-5 on the year and 2-0 in conference play.

Adrian Sorichetti, Mike DeNapoli, Tyler Johnston and Steve Serling scored first quarter goals and the Pride dominated play in the first 28 minutes before the Dragons rallied in the final 32. Pride goalie Andrew Gvozden made 10 saves in the goal before being lifted for the final 1:34 as the Pride implemented a full-field ride to get the ball back for the equalizer.

"I give credit to Drexel," Hofstra Head Coach Seth Tierney said. "They didn't quit and they took us out of our rhythm in the second half. We couldn't win a face-off in the second half and you are not going to win many games when you don't score in the final 45 minutes of the contest. We have a lot of work to do this week to get ready for Towson next Saturday night."

The Pride dominated play in the first quarter, winning all five face-offs, picking up nine ground balls and outshooting the Dragons, 9-5, in building the 4-0 lead. Sorichetti opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 1:32 into the contest. It was his 18th goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, Sorichetti fed senior Mike DeNapoli in the middle of the box for his fifth goal of the season and a 2-0 lead. The Pride added two goals in the final two minutes of the quarter as freshman Tyler Johnston scored his first goal of his career with 1:31 to play before graduate-student Steve Serling notched his fifth of the season with nine seconds to play, on a run to the cage from the left of Drexel goalie Mark Manos, for the 4-0 lead.

Drexel would get on the board late in the second quarter as Robert Church fed Kyle Bergman for his 10th goal of the season with 1:11 to play in the half. The Dragons showed they were not going to quit and came out of the locker room for the second half and scored off the opening face-off, just six seconds in, as Deven Thomas fed Robert Church for his 12th goal of the year which closed the deficit to 4-2.

But the Pride opened the lead to 5-2 with 6:57 to play in the quarter as freshman Tyler Begley scored an unassisted goal. It was his sixth tally of the season. Drexel came right back just 1:03 later and got the goal back as Church scored an unassisted tally to bring the Drexel deficit back to within two. Just 10 seconds before the end of the quarter, Jason Klunder found Andrew Vivien for his third goal of the season to close to 5-4 after three quarters. The Dragons outshot the Pride 12-5 in the quarter, picked up seven ground balls to the Pride's two, and won all five face-offs.

The fourth quarter started the same way the second half began as sophomore face-off specialist Deven Thomas won the face-off and went in and beat Gvozden to tie the game at 5-5 just six seconds into the period. It was his third goal of the year. The Dragons took 11 more shots in the quarter and Gvozden made four of his saves in the final 15 minutes as Drexel forced the Pride into six fourth quarter turnovers. With just 3:14 to play, following one of those turnovers with the Dragons in transition, senior defenseman Dana Wilber scooped up the loose ball charged into the Hofstra end and fired a bounce shot past Gvozden. It was his first goal this season.

The Pride got the ball back twice in the final 94 seconds off the full-field ride. The first time the Pride had the ball taken away with a minute to play. After getting the ball back inside 30 seconds, Hofstra ran its offense before DeNapoli fired a low bullet with 10 seconds to play that Manos (11 saves) stopped with his foot. The Dragons then ran out the clock for only their fourth win over the Pride in 25 meetings.
Drexel outshot the Pride, 35-24 and won eight of the 15 face-offs including eight of the last 10. Each team had 22 ground balls and 17 turnovers.