Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/2/10
Freshman Robert Church scored five goals as host Drexel raced out to a big early lead and defeated Saint Joseph’s, 19-5, today. The Dragons (2-1) scored the first 12 goals of the game and went on to their second straight win.
Drexel controlled the game from the outset and won the first 12 face-offs of the games, giving the Hawks few possessions in the first half. Colin Ambler scored the first goal of the game just 1:13 in and got the Dragons’ offense going. Scott Perri, who scored three goals on the day, found the net less than a minute later and then set up Church’s first goal to put the Dragons ahead 3-0 just five minutes into the game.
Church had all five of his goals in the first half and also had an assist. He was one of 11 players to score in the game. Perri handed out two assists and finished with five points, while freshmen Craig Owen (Haverford School) and Brendan Glynn (St. Joseph’s Prep) each had a pair of goals. Colin Ambler (Abington) set up three goals and added one of his own.
Drexel outshot the Hawks, 55-22, and won 22 of the 26 face-offs in the game. Zak Fisher was 15-for-17 on the face-offs and had 11 ground balls. Ryan West won seven of his nine attempts. First-year head coach Brian Voelker emptied the bench in the second half and every player who was healthy and dressed played in the game. Mark Manos (Salesianum) shut the Hawks out in the first half and had three saves before being replaced to start the second half.
Mike Begg scored two goals in a losing effort for the Hawks. Geoff Desoye had a goal and an assist and Scott Cullinan (West Chester East) scored once. Saint Joseph’s goalie Griffin Ferrigan had 14 saves in 30 minutes.