Explosive first quarter in 15-11 Drexel victory. The Hofstra Pride (8-6) faced the #9 Drexel Dragons (10-2) the CAA Conference Final. The winner would get an automatic ticket to the NCAA Championships.
Drexel stormed out to a 7-1 first-quarter lead started by Reid Bowering (5G) followed 2:56 later with Luke Tomak (2g, 3a) pushing it a 2-0 advantage. At the 10:17 mark, Ryan Tierney (2g,2a) got the Pride on the board but, Drexel would seize control with a 5 goal blitz furnished by. Sean Donnelly (2ga) setting up Bowering’s 18th on the man up, it took all of 8:57 for Bowering to complete his hat trick, Tomak setting up Aidan Coll (3g) and Ryan Genord (1g 1a), and with just :55 on the clock, Donnelly got the helper on Coll’s 31st.
Jack Mulcahy (2g), Brent McVicker (1g), and Tomak took the onslaught to eight goals and a 9-1 Drexel lead. Tierney netted his 43rd at 6:02 to close the half with Hofstra facing an uphill battle, 10-2. Tierney’s goal seemed to give Hofstra some Pride and Justin Lynskey (2g,1a) and Ryan Sheridan (3g 1a) made it a bit more interesting, 10-4. Sean Quinn (1g) answered but Sheridan at 3:54 and again with 1:52 got Hofstra within five.
Jack Mulcahy with :20 remaining seemed to close the scoring in the third but. Brian Herber (1g) won the ensuing faceoff and took it to the house to finally end the quarter with a 12-7 score. Sam Lutfi (2g) scored on a 2:00 non-releasable Drexel penalty but Bowering buried a Tomak pass. Lynskey and Bowering snagging his :21st with Lutfi matching. James Philbin (1g) got it to 14-11 before Coll nailed his 32nd with just :25 to close the curtain on the 15-11 Dragons win.
For What It’s Worth
Drexel will play #6 Notre Dame. NLL First Round Draft Pick, Reid Bowering was named The Tournament Most Valuable Player with his seven goals and an assist. Ross Blumenthal, Sean Donnelly, and Sean Quinn were named to the All-Tournament Team.
It is the second CAA for Drexel, both under Brian Voelker. Drexel outshot the Pride, 30-15 in the first half and 45-32 for the game. Drexel put 24 on net with Hofstra 22. Hofstra turned the ball over 16 times while Drexel went a miserly 12. Jimmeh Koita was 12 of 27 on face-offs and scooped 5 ground balls. Brian Herber was 10 of 17 with a goal and 6 ground balls. Drexel had the edge with 33-31 in ground balls. Explosive first quarter in Drexel victory.