HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Hofstra University men, winners of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and top seed in the CAA Championship, will open up their pursuit of a conference title when they host No. 4 Drexel University Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in a CAA semifinal at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.

Second-seeded Northeastern University will take on third-seeded Elon University in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

All CAA Championship games will be streamed on FloFC and live statistics will be available as well. In addition, WRHU-FM will provide an audio broadcast of Hofstra contests.

Hofstra, ranked 13th in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, capped off a memorable regular season with a 14-1-2 record and a 5-1-2 mark in league play to earn the regular season title for the third time in program history. The Pride was the top seed in 2015 and 2016, and won the league in 2015. Hofstra is on a 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2) and is one victory shy of matching the school record of 15 set in 1968.

The Pride has one of the most potent offenses in the nation and a defense that is quite stingy. Hofstra ranks 14th among NCAA Division I school (first in the CAA) in scoring offense with 2.29 goals per game and is fourth (first in the CAA) in team goals-against average at 0.573. The Pride has scored 39 goals while allowing 10 and ranks fourth in the nation in goal differential.

Drexel (8-7-1, 4-3-1) is 3-3 in its last six games.

Drexel averages 1.56 goals per game and allows 1.09 per contest. The Dragons have 25 goals with Chris Donovan accounting for 12.

Hofstra is 21-28-11 all-time vs. Drexel. The Pride is 7-0-2 in its last nine meetings against the Dragons and defeated them, 2-1, Sept. 18 behind goals from Storm Strongin and Hendrik Hebbeker. The Pride is also 12-7-6 all-time in CAA Championship play and has advanced to the finals eight times.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.