April 28, 2011

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Hofstra Finishes Up With Drexel Victory

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.
- Led by four points (two goals and two assists) from freshman midfielder Alex Mezzanotte, freshmen and sophomores combined to account for 11 of Hofstra's 13 points as the Pride rallied for a 9-8 victory over Drexel on Thursday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Senior attacker Stephanie Rice was the lone upperclassmen to tally a point in the contest as she notched a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 5:23 left in regulation on a free-position shot.

Hofstra closes the 2011 campaign with a record of 6-10 overall and a conference mark of 2-5. Drexel, meanwhile, will take its 9-7 record and 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) ledger into next week's conference tournament.

The Pride had its most dominating effort of the season in draw controls as they won 17 of the 19 contested, including all 10 in the opening stanza.

Back-to-back goals from Mezzanotte and freshman attacker Jenn Ward midway through the first half would allow Hofstra to take its first lead of the contest at 3-2 with 12:50 to play before intermission.

After the two squads alternated goals, the Dragons scored the final two goals of the half to lead 5-4 at the break. Charlotte Wood, who scored a game-high four goals in the contest, had three first half goals, including one with 13 seconds remaining to give Drexel the one-goal advantage.

Drexel opened the second stanza by scoring three of the first four goals of the half and looked to be in complete control as they led 8-5 with 15:25 left following a free-position goal from Amanda Norcini.

Hofstra had other ideas, though, as Ward scored her second of the game with 14:41 to play off a feed from sophomore attacker Claire Brady to close the gap to 8-6 and kick-start the game-ending run.

Rice, one of six seniors playing in their final game, stepped up when needed most as she scored with 10:22 to play and then sophomore midfielder Jill Maier evened the score at eight with 8:48 left. Both of those goals were assisted by Mezzanotte.

With the outcome of the game still in the balance and under six minutes remaining, it was Rice that continued the Hofstra onslaught as the 96th goal of her career would win the game and allow the Pride to head into the offseason on a positive note. That goal capped a game-ending 4-0 scoring run for the Pride that gave them their 18th straight win over Drexel.

Maier and senior defender Katie Hertsch carried Hofstra in the draw control category as Maier had a career-high seven draw controls, while Hertsch added four.

Junior goalie Jackie Pandolf had five saves in net to pick up her sixth win of the season and also led the Pride with five ground balls. Pandolf played every minute this season in net for Hofstra and totaled 159 saves.

Ward and Brady both had two points for Hofstra in the contest as Ward scored a pair of goals, while Brady had two assists to finish with a team-high 17 this season.

Hertsch added a caused turnover to her draw control total, allowing her to finish her spectacular career with 138 ground balls, 70 caused turnovers and 110 draw controls. She finishes her career ranked third all-time in ground balls, fifth in caused turnovers and sixth in draw controls.

Pandolf heads into her senior season with 231 saves, 10th all-time in school history.

The game was the final in a Hofstra uniform for the Pride's six seniors (Bettina Mianulli, Jennalee Trombley, Stephanie Rice, Maddie Hannon, Katie Hertsch and Alexandra Hannon).


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