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After falling to the Blue Hens 14-13 in overtime during the regular season the Hofstra Pride got ’em when it counted most, taking down top-seeded Delaware 10-9 to advance to their first CAA title game appearance since 2014.
Delaware put in the first two of the contest before Hofstra rattled off six straight from late in the first through late in the second to help the Pride take a 6-3 lead at the half. Dylan McIntosh scored four of his five goals for the Pride during that run. He added his fifth of the day during the Pride’s three-goal run to open the fourth quarter and get ahead 10-8 late.
The Blue Hens answered the Pride’s massive run with one of their own, going on a 6-1 run from the 1:21 mark in the second through the 4:58 mark in the third. Charlie Kitchen and Cam Acchione each had two goals during that run.
Delaware had multiple opportunities to force overtime in the final few minutes of the contest, but a turnover and huge Bobby Casey save held the Hens’ offense at bay and allowed Hofstra to hold on for the win.
Casey ended the game with 11 saves to anchor the Pride defense.
In addition to McIntosh’s five goals, James Philbin and Ryan Sheridan each had two goals.
Charlie Kitchen led the Delaware offense with five points off three goals and two assists.
Drexel 13, UMass 8
The Drexel Dragons are headed back to the CAA title game for a second consecutive (full) season after taking down UMass 13-8 on Thursday night.
After getting down 5-0 with 13:07 remaining in the second quarter, Drexel turned on the jets. The Dragons went on an 11-1 run from the 9:27 mark in the second through the 10:11 mark in the fourth to push ahead 11-6.
While Jeff Trainor and Kevin Tobin were able to find the back of the net for the Minutemen, they were not able to force a comeback. Sean Quinn converted on a three-quarter field goal with 4:57 in the game and Sean Donnelly added a cherry on top with 25 seconds remaining to get the Dragons to 11 and end the contest.
Liam Donnelly led Drexel with five goals and two assists for seven points while Aidan Coll had five points off four goals and an assist.
Ross Blumenthal recorded 10 saves for the Dragons. Jimmeh Koita went 14-for-25 at the dot.
Kevin Tobin had two goals and three assists to lead the Minutemen.
CAA Championship: Hofstra vs Drexel (Saturday, 1pm)