Coholan Saves 13 to Lead Hofstra in Upset of No. 20 Drexel

Philadelphia, Pa. – Hofstra scored three straight goals to break an 8-8 tie and defeated Drexel, 11-9, at Vidas Field in the Inaugural HEADstrong Hero Bowl, a new helping to promote blood cancer awareness and advance the mission of the HEADstrong Foundation™.

With the score even at eight, Hofstra (5-3, 2-0) goalkeeper Chris Selva made a big save on Drexel's (4-4, 0-1) Ben McIntosh to keep it tied. Moments later, with 7:31 left, Drew Coholan put the Pride ahead for good when he converted a pass from Lance Yapor.

That was just the start of an outstanding fourth quarter for Coholalan. The senior scored the next two goals to put the Pride up by three. He scored those three goals in a span of 5:25 and finished the day with five goals. Drexel's Mitch de Snoo's man-up goal with 1:09 to play cut the lead to 11-9, but Drexel, despite having possession, couldn't get any closer.

Hofstra opened the game with three straight scores before Drexel finally got on the board with 2:45 to play in the first period. Mike Malave, Yapor and Sam Llinares each had unassisted goals for the Pride. McIntosh fed Jules Raucci who rifled a shot past Selva to break Drexel's scoring drought. Just six seconds later, the Dragons trimmed it to 3-2.

Nick Saputo won the face-off clean and fed Cole Shafer for his first of the game. That would be the last goal of the first quarter. Each team added one goal in the second. Jared Boudreau tied the game with 2:39 to play before intermission, but then Coholan gave the Pride the lead back with just :56 remaining.

In the third, the teams exchanged goals before Hofstra went on a three-goal run to take its biggest lead of the game at 8-4. Torin Varn scored the first two goals of the stretch, the first on the man-up, and Coholan followed with his second of the game. Drexel settled in and responded with four straight goals of its own. Drexel went on the man-up and Ryan Belka converted.

The Dragons added one more before the period ended when McIntoshy took a pass from Nick Trizano behind the net to make it 8-6. The Dragons added a Shafer goal on the man-up goal early in the final quarter and tied it up when McIntosh scored his 22nd of the year. The Dragons held the Pride scoreless for a stretch of 10:21 before Coholan put Hofstra ahead for good.

Yapor and Llinares each recorded four points for Hofstra. McIntosh and Bourdreau finished with four points for Drexel. McIntosh moved into Drexel's top 20 in career goals and is now 19th all-time with 74 goals. Will Gabrielsen made nine saves in goal for the Dragons. Selva had 12 saves for the Pride. The Dragons dominated face-offs once again. Saputo won 16 of his 24 face-offs and the junior had a game-high 12 ground balls. The Dragons outshot Hofstra, 36-32, and converted all three of their man-up opportunities.

The HEADstrong Hero Bowl will be held annually between both teams. The event pays homage to cancer survivors and serves as a tribute to those who have lost their battle against the diseases. The uniqueness surrounding this event is that it will follow the regular season CAA schedule, providing an opportunity for service and volunteerism for students on both campuses. Both teams helped raise blood cancer awareness by wearing HEADstrong's lime green shoelaces and crew socks.

The goals were also be strung with HEADstrong's lime green nets. Warrior Sports, who is a proud supporter of the HEADstrong Foundation and the official team equipment and uniform supplier of Hofstra and Drexel University, outfitted members from both teams with the latest from their Relentless27 collection, inspired by Nicholas Colleluori's fight and supporting the Foundation.

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2014-03-22



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