Gandolfi Hits 200 Points as No. 16 Hofstra Downs Drexel

Philadelphia, PA - In its final tune-up before next week's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship, the #16 Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team put together an impressive effort in defeating longtime rival Drexel, 19-7, on Thursday afternoon at Vidas Field.

Hofstra improves to 11-5 with the win and also ends the regular season with a 5-2 conference mark. Drexel falls to 10-7 and 2-5 with the loss. It marks the third time in the last five seasons that Hofstra has won at least 11 games.

Senior midfielder Corrine Gandolfi, who had four goals and two assists, went over the 200-point plateau for her career midway through the opening stanza. She becomes just fourth player in program history to reach 200 career points and the first since Kim Hillier (215 from 2003-07). Gandolfi now has 203 points heading into the conference tournament.

The first half saw Hofstra have seven different goal scorers as the Pride used a 5-0 scoring run to break a one-all tie and lead 6-1 after a goal from Gandolfi with 16:34 left in the opening stanza. Gandolfi had two goals during the scoring spurt, while Hofstra got on the scoreboard courtesy of a goal from senior attack Ashley Jones with 26:09 to play in the opening half.

A goal from Drexel's Becca Drylie-Perkins ended the run before Hofstra outscored the Dragons, 6-2 over the final 13:31 of the half to take a 12-4 lead into the break.

A. Jones joined Gandolfi with multiple goals in the first half with two, while senior midfielder K'Leigh Vanaman and senior attack Courtney O'Connor each added a goal and an assist in the first thirty minutes.

Hofstra would score the first two goals of the second half, both coming off the stick of senior attack Liz Falco, to open up a ten-goal advantage at 14-4.

Three straight goals from Drexel would close the gap to 14-7 at the 12:56 mark before A. Jones started a game-ending 5-0 run for the Pride as Hofstra cruised to the 12-goal victory.

Vanaman contributed a strong game for the Pride as she added two goals and three assists, while A. Jones and Falco each chipped in with a hat trick.

Hofstra, which had an 18-9 advantage in draw controls, got three apiece from Gandolfi, junior defender Katie Hertsch and senior midfielder Sandy Wasserbach. Senior defender Bryana Borrelli had three ground balls and two draw controls for the Pride.

Senior goalie Mary Cuddihy earned the win in net for the Pride, making four saves in the first 25:43 of the contest.

Katie Lawson and Drylie-Perkins each had three goals for Drexel, which got a game-high four draw controls from Katie Blazer.

Hofstra returns to action next week in the semifinals of the CAA Championship when they take on Towson on Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. The tournament will be played at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and the host Dukes will take on William & Mary in the other semifinal.


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