Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/2/10
Scott Perri scored four goals and Adam Dennis added three goals and four points as host Drexel defeated No. 9 UMass 12-6 on Senior Day at Vidas Field in Colonial Athletic Association men’s lacrosse.
It was the fourth win for the Dragons against a top 10 team this season. With the win, Drexel secured the third seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament and will travel to arch-rival Delaware on Wednesday.
Drexel (10-4, 3-2 CAA) fell behind early as the Minutemen (8-5, 2-3) scored the first three goals of the game. The Dragons answered with the next seven goals to take control of the game. Perri and Andrew Collins found the back of the net in the first quarter and the Dragons tied it when Dennis set up Kevin Stockel in the first minute of the second quarter.
Perri put the Dragons up for good at the 10:23 mark. Drexel’s lead increased a few minute later in what turned out to be one of the biggest turns in the game, Drexel’s Frank Tufano was slashed, but retained possession and scored a goal to give the Dragons the lead.
On the ensuing man-up, Robert Church set up Brendan Glynn to put Drexel up 6-3. Stockel scored his second of the half to make it 7-3. UMass wasn’t able to get any closer the rest of the way. The teams traded goals at the end of the quarter and went to intermission at 8-4.
Mark Manos (Salesianum School) made 13 saves for the Dragons, including 10 in the second half, as the Dragons won their 10th game for the third time in the last four seasons. Tim McCormick had 12 saves for the Minutemen.
The CAA Tournament begins on Wednesday night. The time has not been announced yet for the Drexel-Delaware game. UMass will be the fourth seed in the tournament and will face Towson, who is the top seed.
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