Hofstra Tops Drexel to Earn Three Seed in CAA Tourney

Hempstead, NY Sophomore attack Brittain Altomare had four assists and a career-high seven draw controls, while junior midfielder Alex Mezzanotte tied her career-high with three clutch goals as Hofstra earned the number three seed in the upcoming CAA championship with a 12-10 victory over Drexel on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The win came in the Pride's regular season finale and sends Hofstra into the semifinals of the CAA tournament, where they will meet second-seeded James Madison.

Hofstra improved to 10-7 overall and 4-3 in league play with the win, while Drexel fell to 11-6 and 4-3 in CAA action.

With 10 victories so far in 2013, Hofstra has now won at least 10 games in six of the last nine seasons. This will mark Hofstra's eighth CAA Tournament appearance since joining the league in 2002.

Hofstra looked to be in complete control in the game as the Pride jumped out to an 8-3 lead at the break before Drexel battled back.

The Dragons got on the board first as Kristin Kopenhaver gave Drexel the early lead at the 27:43 mark. Hofstra would answer right back, though, as senior midfielder Casey Kellogg started a 3-0 scoring run for the Pride that culminated with Mezzanotte's first goal of the game with 19:25 left in the first half.

Drexel would close the gap to 3-2 before the Pride exploded for four goals in a four-minute span to lead 7-2 with 5:15 to play before intermission. Junior attack Julia Riemer started the run with a pair of goals before being aided by goals from sophomore attack Sam Lenox and senior attack Claire Brady.

Hofstra would take the five-goal lead into halftime as Kopenhaver scored for Drexel before sophomore defender April Iannetta tallied the final goal of the half with 14 seconds left.

After senior attack Taylor Albright made the score 9-4 in favor of the Pride with 27:51 remaining in regulation, Drexel began to mount its rally.

Drexel would score five consecutive goals as Kelli Joran started the run at the 27:26 mark and Alyse Maiden completed the comeback as her goal with 13:34 left knotted the score at nine.

With its back against the wall and the game tied, Mezzanotte stepped up huge for Hofstra and scored back-to-back goals to give the Pride an 11-9 lead with 4:51 to play.

That would prove to be the difference as junior midfielder Jenn Ward and Kopenhaver each found the back of the net for their respective squads in the final minute-plus to account for the 12-10 final score.

Freshman attack/midfielder Becky Conto added six draw controls and an assist to help the Pride to the victory, while Iannetta chipped in with a goal, an assist, two draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball.

Sophomore defender Kelsey Gregerson earned the win as she made four saves for Hofstra. Teresha Bradley made seven saves for Drexel.

Kopenhaver and Amanda Norcini each posted three goals for the Dragons.

Hofstra dominated the game in the draw control category as they won 16 of the 24 contested.

2013-04-27



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