March 22, 2014

Coholan's Big Night Leads Hofstra By Drexel

from Press Release

 Drew Coholan's career-high five goals helped Hofstra take an 11-9 win over Drexel Saturday. (Kevin P. Tucker)

Philadelphia, PA - Senior Drew Coholan scored a career-high five goals and junior Chris Selva recorded a season-high 13 saves to lead the Hofstra Pride to an 11-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the host Drexel Drgons in the inaugural HEADstrong Foundation Hero Bowl at Vidas Field Saturday evening.

Hofstra improves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the CAA while Drexel had its record evened at 4-4 and is now 0-1 in conference play.

Coholan scored four of his five goals in the second half including the game-winner with 7:31 to play in the fourth quarter that snapped an 8-8 tie. He topped his previous highs of three goals and four points set against Drexel in 2013. Hofstra also received two goals and two assists from senior Lance Yapor, one goal and three assists from sophomore Sam Lllinares, and two goals by senior Torin Varn. Selva topped his previous season best of 12 saves, set last Tuesday at St. John's.

Drexel was led by Ben McIntosh with two goals and two assists, Jarred Boudreau with one goal and three assists and Cole Shafer with two goals and one assist. Goalie Will Gabrielsen recorded nine saves in the Dragon goal.

In a contest of scoring runs, the Pride jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on first quarter goals by junior Mike Malave, Yapor and Llinares in the first 10 minutes. But Drexel responded with unanswered goals by Jules Raucci, Shafer and Boudreau to tie the game at 3-3 with 4:27 to play in the half. But Coholan gave Hofstra a 4-3 lead at halftime with his 10th goal of the year with only 56 seconds remaining in the period.

Yapor and Nick Trizano exchanged goals for Hofstra and Drexel in the first six minutes of the third quarter before Varn scored twice and Coholan added his second of the game to build an 8-4 lead with 2:52 to play in the third.

But Drexel came roaring back with four unanswered goals, including two man-up goals, to tie the game at 8-8 on McIntosh's second of the game and 22nd of the season with 8:44 to play in the fourth,

But Coholan broke the tie 73 seconds later, off a pass from Llinares, and added two more in the next five minutes to give Hofstra an 11-8 advantage with 2:06 to play. Drexel's Mitch de Snoo added a man-up goal with 1:09 to play but the Dragons could get no closer.

Drexel outshot the Pride, 36-32 and picked up 25 ground balls to Hofstra's 15. The Dragons also won 16 of 24 face-offs in the contest.

The Pride return to action next Saturday, March 29 when they host the Tigers of Towson University. Game time at James M. Shuart Stadium is 7 p.m.

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