Hofstra vs. Drexel
March 23, 2013
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY – Drew Coholan had a career-high three goals and Chris Selva posted a career-high 16 saves for the Pride but Ben McIntosh’s third goal of the game one minute into the third overtime gave the 19th-ranked Dragons of Drexel an 8-7 come-from-behind CAA victory over seventh-ranked Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Hofstra, which dropped its second consecutive game since moving up to number seven this week, dropped to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel improved to 6-2 on the year and 1-0 in league play.

Coholan, a junior midfielder, added an assist to go with his three goals while junior attackman Torin Varn added two goals and one assist and freshman Sam Llinares chipped in with a goal and an assist for Hofstra. Senior Aaron Jones scored the Pride’s other goal and junior defensive middie Anthony Zappone recorded his first career point with an assist on the Pride’s fourth goal of the day. Selva’s 16 stops topped his previous best of 14 at Delaware on March 16.

In addition to McIntosh, Robert Church tallied a goal and three assists and Frank Fusco added a goal and an assist to lead Drexel. Goalie Cal Winkelman made 12 saves including two in the overtime periods to post his third win of the season.

The Dragons fought back from a 7-4 deficit at the end of three quarters to tie the game with two goals in the final 1:21 and then notched the game-winner on a low bullet, while on the man-up just as the penalty expired, to beat Selva in the third overtime.

Hofstra had the game in hand early jumping out to a 4-1 after the first quarter. Llinares opened the scoring with his 13th goal of the season from Coholan, on the man-up, just 2:20 into the contest. Nick Trizano tied the game at 1-1 with a low blast just 50 seconds later. But the Pride went on a three-goal run with Coholan scoring from outside from Varn at the 8:48 mark, Jones scoring from Tyler Begley at the 5:12 mark and Varn closing the scoring in the period, from Zappone, with 48 seconds remaining in the period.

Drexel battled back-to-back goals by McIntosh, from Church, from 15 yards 1:28 into the second and Prosser from Fusco on the man-up with 4:56 to play in the half to close to 4-3. But Coholan notched his second of the game with just 11 seconds to play to give the Pride a 5-3 lead at the break. Selva made six saves, including several outstanding blocks in the period, to keep the Pride ahead at halftime.

The Pride extended their lead to 6-3 just 2:48 into the third quarter as Varn scored low off a pass from Llinares. Church then brought the Dragons back to within two with 7:54 to play in the period with his 18th of the season from the middle of the box. A little of two minutes later, Coholan boosted the Hofstra lead back to three at 7-4 with his eighth of the year. It would be the Pride’s last tally for the remaining 29:29 of the contest.

Drexel started their comeback midway through the fourth as McIntosh notched his second of the game on a dodge in the middle to close the gap to 7-5 with 7:55 to play. The Dragons closed to 7-6 with 1:21 to play as Fusco took a cross-field pass to the crease from Church and notched his 13th of the year. They tied the game with just 43 seconds remaining in regulation as sophomore Ryan Belka took a pass from Trizano and fired from 14 yards for his 16th goal of the season to send the contest into overtime.

In the first overtime, each team had two shots with Begley having the best shot to win the game for the Pride. But Winkelman snuffed him on the doorstep. In the second overtime, Winkleman would stop a shot by Mike Malave from the side and Selva would make a save on Belka. The winning goal was set-up by a slashing penalty at the end of the second OT. The Dragons had extra-man shots by Belka, McIntosh and Prosser that all went wide before McIntosh dented the twine.

Each team had 51 shots in the contest and Drexel picked up 28 ground balls to the Pride’s 19.

Hofstra will host the Big Green of Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 26 at Shuart Stadium at 4 p.m.