Church Nets 7 as No. 8 Hofstra Falls to No. 11 Drexel

Philadelphia, PA - Freshman Robert Church scored his seventh goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining to break an 11-11 tie and lead the 11th-ranked Drexel Dragons to a 13-11 CAA victory over the eighth-ranked Hofstra Pride at Vidas Field Saturday evening. The Pride loss drops them to 5-3 on the season and 0-2 in the CAA while Drexel improves to 8-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.

Hofstra was led by junior attackman Jamie Lincoln with three goals and three assists. Freshman Adrian Sorichetti added three goals and junior Stephen Bentz chipped in with two goals and one assist. In addition to Church, Drexel received two goals and two assists from senior Ryan West, one goal and two assists from junior Kevin Stockel, and two goals from senior Colin Ambler.

After being tied at 7-7 at halftime, the Pride opened the second half with two goals in the first six minutes as senior Dan Stein notched his fifth of the season, from Bentz, 48 seconds into the third, and Bentz notched his first of two and the 19th of the season, from Steven DeNapoli, with 9:56 to play in the period to give the Pride a 9-7 lead.

Ambler scored the first of two goals on the day two minutes later for Drexel but Bentz notched his 20th of the year, from Stein, with 31 seconds to play in the quarter to give the Pride a 10-8 advantage after three quarters.

Church, who tallied five goals in the first half, scored his sixth goal 3:36 into the fourth quarter to bring the Dragons back to within one at 10-9. But Lincoln completed his sixth "hat-trick" of the season and his 24th goal of the season 69 seconds later to give the Pride a two-goal cushion at 11-9. It would be Hofstra's last goal of the evening.

Less than two minutes later, Ambler took a pass from West and beat Hofstra freshman goalie Rob Bellairs (8 saves) to cut the gap to 11-10. Stockel then notched his 14th of the year with 5:23 to play to tie the game at 11-11. The Pride had a chance to break the tie on a man-up situation with Matt McCormick off for a cross-check with less than two minutes to play. But Drexel sophomore Mark Manos stopped a Jay Card bullet from 10 yards out.

On the game-winning goal, Church, in the middle of the box, took a pass from Stockel and fired a low bullet past the left side of Bellairs to give the Dragons their first lead since a 7-6 advantage in the second quarter. The Pride had a chance to tie the game after the ensuing face-off was won by John Antoniades. But the freshman's shot was stopped by Manos. Drexel added its final goal by West with seven seconds to play with Bellairs out of the goal and the Pride on a full-field ride.

The first half of the contest featured five tied scores and two lead changes. The two teams split the first four goals with Church opening the scoring 58 seconds into the contest only to have Lincoln and Sorichetti score for the Pride to give Hofstra a 2-1 lead.

But Drexel would score the next three goals as Church scored twice around a West goal to give the Dragons a 4-2 lead with 13:16 to play in the half. Hofstra's Brad Loizeaux notched his 11th goal of the season and Church added his fourth of the game to keep the Dragons ahead by two at 5-3.

But the Pride would score four of the next six goals, with Sorichetti adding two, Lincoln adding his second goal of the game and adding three assists during the run, and Jay Card tying the game with a man-up goal, from Lincoln, with 1:28 to play before halftime.

Hofstra outshot Drexel, 34-28 with the Dragons picking up 24 ground balls to the Pride's 21.

The Pride return to action on Tuesday night, April 6 at home at Shuart Stadium against Manhattan College. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

2010-04-03



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