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D1 Men’s college roundup: Drexel tops Vermont, 9-5; Duke thwarts Murphy’s Penn debut

Saturday, 27th February 2010

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/27/10
From Press Releases

Host Drexel allowed just two goals over the final three quarters as the Dragons downed Vermont, 9-5, at Vidas Field today in men’s lacrosse.

Colin Ambler (Abington), Scott Perri and Nick Trizano each contributed two goals while Ambler and Perri also tacked on assists. The victory was only the Dragons’ second in 15 previous meetings between the two schools with the last meeting coming in 2001. The win evened Drexel’s record to 1-1 on the season while Vermont dropped to 0-2.

Vermont raced out to an early 3-1 lead as the Catamounts beat Mark Manos (Salesianum) three times within the game’s first 4:24. After Geoff Worley opened the scoring for the visitors, Ambler evened the game six seconds later after Ryan West cleanly took the face-off and raced toward the offensive end.

Jack Cranston and Drew Philie scored over the next two minutes to give the Catamounts a two-goal lead and prompted coach Brian Voelker to call a time-out. The Dragons settled down as the defense allowed just two goals over the next 55 minutes of action, including a scoreless second period.

The Dragons pulled a goal closer on Trizano’s first career goal with 3:12 remaining in the first period. In the second, Perri evened to the score after taking a pass from Ambler before Andrew Collins scored with 6:49 left in the period to close the scoring for the half. The second quarter featured extremely sloppy play with both teams combining for 23 turnovers, nearly half of the game’s total of 48.

Vermont ended a scoreless streak of more than 25 minutes with the second half’s first goal as Liam Thomas scored unassisted. The Dragons regained the lead as Andrew Church recorded a man-up goal on a pass from Kyle Bergman to give Drexel a lead it would not relinquish. Trizano netted his second of the game with 4:22 remaining in the third to give the Dragons a 6-4 lead heading into the final quarter.

Bergman opened the scoring with a man-up goal that threatened to put the game away but Drew Philie notched his second goal of the game as he scored while seated after receving a hard check in front of the net. With the lead down to two goals, looked to its co-captain, Ambler, to put the game out of reach with 6:56 remaining Ambler came from behind the cage and bullied his way in front and fired a clean shot that struck the net. Perri closed the game with a goal as Voelker picked up his first career victory at Drexel.

Drexel outshot Vermont, 39-17, and won 11 of the game’s 17 face-offs, including an 8-for-12 performance from Zak Fisher. Manos made six saves in goal while Alex Plavner stopped 10 Drexel shots. Frank Tufano played well on defense for the Dragons as he recorded a game-high three caused turnovers and added a pair of groundballs.

Delaware 11, Hartford 9

Curtis Dickson had four goals and two assists and Pat Lombard (La Salle) scored twice as the visiting Blue Hens improved to 3-1.

Duke 16, Penn 11

Max Quinzani tallied six goals and the No. 8 Blue Devils outscored the upset-minded Quakers, 12-4, in the second half to spoil the Penn coaching debut of Mike Murphy. Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) made eight saves in goal for Duke (2-1).

Dan Savage, John Conneely, Will Amling and Rob McMullen each scored twice for Penn while Corey Winkoff added three assists. Rob Fitzpatrick and Al Kohart each added a goal and an assist.

Bellarmine 10, St. Joseph’s 4

Sean Evans (Henderson) had two goals and an assist while Brendan Burke (Conestoga) and Matt Dougherty (Conestoga) also scored for the Hawks (0-3) in a night game played at Drexel.

Ohio State 16, Detroit Mercy 7

Jimmy Green (Central Bucks East) had two goals and Eddie Bambino (Penn Charter) added one to lead the Buckeyes (2-1).

Yale 14, Holy Cross 7

Colin Still (Penn Charter) scored once to help Yale open with a win. Colin McGeehin (Malvern Prep) notched two goals for Holy Cross (0-2).

VMI 10, Jacksonville 9

Dan Jones (Penncrest) contributed two assists for the losing Dolphins (1-3).

Marist 11, Sacred Heart 10

Matt Farncis (North Penn) had a goal, eight groundballs and two caused turnovers while winning 15 of 24 face-offs to help Marist open with a win.

Virginia 13, Stony brook 8

Defender Ken Clausen (Hill School) had four caused turnovers and three groundballs and John Haldy (Haverford School) added a goal, two groundballs and a caused turnover as the No. 2 Cavaliers improved to 3-0.

Princeton 17, Hofstra 14

Chris McBride scored four goals as the host Tigers gave former Drexel coach Chris Bates a win in his debut as Princeton’s head coach.

Loyola 11, Quinnipiac 5

Steve Layne (Malvern Prep) had two groundballs to help the Greyhounds (2-0) triumph. Jack Oppenheimer (Germantown Academy) had a goal for Quinnipiac (0-1).

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