Hofstra vs. Delaware
April 30, 2008
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

Junior Tom Dooley and sophomore Dan Stein each tallied three goals to lead the Hofstra Pride to a 9-7 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens in a Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament semifinal game at James M. Shuart Stadium Wednesday night. The second-seed Pride, who advance to face number one seed Drexel Saturday at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia, improve to 9-5 on the season. Delaware closes out its season with a final 9-7 mark.

In addition to his three goals, Dooley added one assist for the Pride. Junior Michael Colleluori posted a career-best three assists, and senior Michael Unterstein added two goals. Delaware was led by sophomore Curtis Dickson and senior J.J. Moran with two goals each while senior Cam Howard added a goal and two assists. Goalie Tom Scherr recorded 15 saves in the UD cage.

The two teams exchanged the first six goals of the contest in the first quarter as the score stood tied at 3-3 after 15 minutes. Dooley opened the scoring for Hofstra 1:08 into the contest off a pass from Colleluori. The junior from Yorktown Height, NY extended his goal scoring streak to 11 games. Moran tied the game for Delaware on the run from eight yards 2:44 later, off a pass from D.J. Widlake. Mike Unterstein scored a man-up goal, his 14th tally of the season, almost two minutes later on a run from behind the cage to give the Pride a 2-1 lead. But Delaware responded with unassisted goals from Beau Davis, his 13th, a minute later, and Dickson, his 45th of the year, with 6:50 to play to give the Blue Hens their first lead of the contest at 3-2. Dickson extended his goal scoring streak to 25 games.

The Pride tied the game at 3-all, and started a 5-0 run, with 31 seconds to play in the period when Mike Unterstein found Stein in front of the crease for his 18th goal of the season. Hofstra took a 4-3 lead into the locker room at halftime on an unassisted goal from Anthony Muscarella, who fired a blur on the run from eight yards for his 24th tally of the season.

Hofstra boosted the lead to 7-3 with three goals in the third quarter as Dooley scored his second and third of the contest and the 24th and 25th of the year, in the first 6:11 of the third, and Stein notched his second of the game, off a pass from Dooley, three minutes later to give the Pride a four-goal advantage.But Delaware closed the gap to 7-5 on goals by Moran, off a feed from Cam Howard, with 1:05 to play in the third and Tim Langmaid 3:04 into the fourth quarter.

Hofstra responded with goals from Mike Unterstein, his second of the game and 15th of the year, and Stein's third of the game and 20th of the season to boost the lead to 9-5 with 5:10 to play. The Blue Hens added late goals by Howard, with 4:06 to play, and Dickson with 48 seconds remaining but it wasn't enough as the Pride advance to their second CAA Championship game in the last three seasons. Hofstra outshot Delaware, 40-28.

Hofstra and Drexel will be meeting for the first time in the CAA Championship game and the second time this season. On March 29 in Philadelphia, the Dragons rallied from a 7-2 halftime deficit to send the game into overtime and Andrew Chapman scored 1:19 into the second overtime for a 9-8 victory. Drexel, which has defeated Hofstra in its last two meetings after 18 losses to the Pride, will be looking to capture its first-ever league championship.

The Pride is vying for their second CAA men's lacrosse title and their ninth conference crown in school history. Saturday's championship game will be televised on CN8 and aired on WRHU-FM.