Hofstra vs. Drexel
March 29, 2003
The Game Story:
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Senior attackmen Joe Kostolansky and Jim Femminella each recorded four goals and two assists as 14th-ranked Hofstra won its Colonial Athletic Association opener with a 14-8 victory over Drexel at Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Pride, who won for the second straight time and third time in the last four contests, improved to 5-3, 1-0 in the CAA. Drexel, which dropped its fifth straight game, fell to 1-6, 0-2.

Freshman middie John Keysor posted a career-high four points on a goal and three assists, and sophomore Ryan Vilar added two goals and an assist for Hofstra. Patrick Friel tallied three goals and Brendan Morgan added two goals and two assists for the Dragons of Drexel.

Hofstra, which never trailed in the contest, scored the first four goals in the contest as Vilar, Ryan Miller, Ryan Lucas and Kostolansky scored first quarter goals. But Drexel got on the board with just 54 seconds remaining in the quarter as Friel tallied his sixth goal of the year to close the gap to 4-1 after the first period.

After Feminella scored his 18th of the season for Hofstra just 51 seconds into the second quarter to boost the lead to 5-1, Drexel got unanswered goals from Friel twice in the second and Sean Moloney 5:59 into the third to close to 5-4. But Hofstra would score the next six goals as freshman Brian Crichlow scored his first college goal, followed by Kostolansky, two from Femminella (his 19th and 20th of the season) and then two more from Kostolansky (his 14th and 15th) to take an 11-4 lead with 12:29 to play in the contest as Hofstra cruised to victory.

The Pride outshot Drexel 53-28 and picked up 42 ground balls to the Dragons 32. Hofstra goalie Matt Southard recorded 9 saves and alloed six goals in 53:32 of work while Drexel goalie Will Melton posted 15 saves and allowed 12 goals in 52:16. Hofstra posted its 20th consecutive victory over an unranked opponent dating back to an 8-7 overtime loss to Delaware on April 14, 2000.

Hofstra will travel to Towson University next Friday night for a regular season match-up between the preseason top two teams in the CAA. Drexel will travel to Wagner on Wednesday.