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Drexel Men's Lacrosse Falls at No. 8 Hofstra, 11-6

Hempstead, N.Y. - Drexel's four-game winning streak came to an end as No. 8 Hofstra defeated Drexel, 11-6, at Shuart Stadium. The Pride (7-1, 1-1 CAA) scored four straight goals to end the first quarter and remained unbeaten at home. Robert Church led the Dragons (5-4, 1-1 CAA) with two goals and three assists.

Drexel Men's Lacrosse Falls at No. 8 Hofstra, 11-6

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Hempstead, N.Y. - Drexel's four-game winning streak came to an end as No. 8 Hofstra defeated Drexel, 11-6, at Shuart Stadium. The Pride (7-1, 1-1 CAA) scored four straight goals to end the first quarter and remained unbeaten at home. Robert Church led the Dragons (5-4, 1-1 CAA) with two goals and three assists.

Drexel opened the scoring at the 10:36 mark of the first period when Scott Perri set up Brendan Glynn, who fired a shot into the cage for his 15th goal of the season. Stephen Bentz got the Pride on the board 4:51 to play to make it 1-1. The lead lasted just 16 seconds as Glynn fed Robert Church, who rifled it past Hofstra (7-1, 1-1) keeper Andrew Gvozden to give Drexel a 2-1 lead. Hofstra answered just five seconds later as John Antoniades won the face-off clean and passed ahead to Jay Card who beat Mark Manos in the top corner. It was the first of four straight Hofstra goals in a span of 2:22 to put the Pride ahead, 5-2. Aaron Jones, Stephen DeNapoli and Jamie Lincoln were the Pride's goal scorers in that stretch.

The Pride made it a 6-0 run when a Drexel turnover led to a Card breakaway goal and Ian Braddish went through two Dragons' defenders to make it 7-2. Drexel's finally broke its scoreless stretch when Kyle Bergman took a feed from Church and went high for the Dragons' third goal of the game. However, the Pride answered when Braddish made a 20-yard pass across his body to Torin Varn on the crease, who scored to make it 8-3. The Pride outshot Drexel in the first half, 23-8 and won nine of 13 face-offs, controlling possession for most of the half.

Jamie Lincoln gave the Pride its biggest lead of the game early in third quarter at 9-3 before the Dragons began their comeback bid. Perri scored his 25th goal of the year from Church on the man-up midway through the third. Church then scored his second goal of the game at the 4:58 mark to trim the deficit to four goals at 9-5. Jones put the Pride up 10-5 midway through the fourth quarter. Drexel again cut the deficit to four as Church broke up a clear and threw a pass as he was falling to Nick Triazano who rocketed a shot up high for his only goal of the game. Hofstra stopped the Dragons' momentum 13 seconds later when Manos made a big save, but Varn was there to pick up a rebound on the doorstep for an insurance goal.

Hofstra outshot Drexel, 39-15, and won 15 of the 21 face-offs. Mark Manos made 11 saves in a losing cause for the Dragons. It was his sixth game with at least 10 saves this season.

Drexel returns home to face arch-rival Delaware in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday. The Dragons and Hen face-off at 1 p.m. at Vidas Field in Philadelphia.

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