Hofstra vs. Drexel
April 8, 2009
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

Senior Tom Dooley scored four goals and sophomore Jay Card and senior Anthony Muscarella each added three goals and one assist to lead #5 Hofstra to a 12-7 CAA victory over Drexel at Shuart Stadium Wednesday night. The Pride, who won their sixth consecutive game, improve to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the CAA. Drexel falls to 4-7 on the year and 0-3 in conference action.

Dooley, an attackman, tallied a season-high four goals to boost his season total to nine and his career total to 99. Muscarella, a midfielder, posted his season-high with four points and equaled his season-best of three goals set in a victory over #2 Princeton earlier in the season. Card, an attackman, posted his fifth hat-trick of the season and has tallied eight goals and three assists in his last two games. Hofstra freshman goalie Andrew Gvozden made 11 saves, including five in the fourth quarter to record his sixth win of the year in seven outings.

The Dragons of Drexel were led by red-shirt freshman Kyle Bergman with four goals, senior middie Joe Wojciechowski with three assists and junior attackman Colin Ambler with two assists. Freshman goalie Mark Manos recorded 14 saves in the Drexel cage.

The Pride scored first, just 39 seconds into the contest, as Tom Dooley notched his sixth of the season, from a sharp angle, after a pass from Anthony Muscarella. Dooley, the senior from Yorktown, notched his second almost three minutes later from five yards out to the left of Manos. Dooley scored the natural hat-trick with 7:55 to play on a perfect feed from behind the cage from Jay Card to the front of the crease. Junior attackman Sean Lucas boosted the Hofstra lead to 4-0 at the 6:22 mark with his first career goal on a turn-around shot from seven yards out.

But the Dragons came roaring back with four straight goals as Bergman put Drexel on the board with 30 seconds to play in the period with his 12th of the season from 11 yards out off a pass from Ambler. The Dragons took advantage of a three minute illegal stick penalty on Hofstra to score twice on the man-up as Bergman notched his second of the game just 16 seconds into the second from eight yards. Kevin Stockel closed the deficit to 4-3 just 86 seconds later on a bullet from 12 yards after a pass from Ambler. Senior Brian Neary tied the game at 4-all with 5:37 to play in the half on a bullet from 13 yards out off a pass from Jon Van Houten to close out the first half scoring.

Hofstra broke the tie 2:18 into the third quarter as Michael Colleluori fed Jay Card on the crease for the sophomore's 20th goal of the year and a 5-4 lead. Muscarella boosted the lead to 6-4 with his 11th goal of the year on a runner that was fired just under the cross bar at the 10:17 mark. But Bergman scored his third of the game for Drexel on a dunk shot off a great feed across the crease pass from Wojciechowski with 8:54 to play in the third.

Almost three minutes later Muscarella boosted the lead to 7-5 on a bullet from seven yards. Bergman notched his fourth of the game, on the man-up, with four minutes to play to cut the deficit to 7-6.

But Hofstra responded with four unanswered goals, as Card tallied back-to-back goals-his second and third of the contest-on an unassisted tally with 45 seconds to play in the third and a diving goal almost two minutes into the fourth quarter, Muscarella notched his third of the game, on the man-up with 9:59 to play, and Dooley notched his fourth of the game two minutes later from Dan Stein to boost the lead to 11-6.

Greg Casey ended the Hofstra run with his 12th goal of the year with 6:41 to play to close the Drexel deficit to 11-7. But Hofstra sophomore middie Stephen Bentz closed out the scoring a minute later with his third goal of the year from Ryan Carter.

Hofstra outshot the Dragons, 42-29, and picked up 35 ground balls to Drexel's 22.