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Men’s lacrosse: Drexel edges UMass, 15-14, for CAA playoff berth

Saturday, 13th April 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/13/13
From Press Release

Junior Ben McIntosh scored five goals and Cal Winkelman made three saves down the stretch, including one in the final seconds, as Drexel defeated UMass, 15-14, today at Garber Field in Amherst.

The victory clinched a berth in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Championships for the Dragons, who are now 4-1 in CAA play. Drexel, ranked 17th in the nation entering the week, is now 9-3 overall.

UMass (5-7, 0-4, CAA), the CAA defending regular-season and postseason champion, scored two quick goals, both by Grant Whiteway, to open the fourth quarter and led the Dragons briefly at 13-12. That lead lasted all of 39 seconds as Frank Fusco continued his impressive freshman season by tying it up with 12:05 to play. It was Fusco’s third goal of the game.

The teams remained in a standoff for the next five minutes until the Dragons went ahead for good. Ryan Belka set up Nick Trizano for his third goal of the game with 7:13 to play to give the Dragons a 14-13 advantage.

The lead increased to two when Trizano set up Chris Frederick with 4:28 to go. It was Frederick’s second goal of the game and the season. UMass wouldn’t go away quietly, however, as Will Manny trimmed the deficit to just one with 3:41 to go in regulation. The Minutemen had eight shots in the final three minutes, but Winkelman made three saves in the last three minutes. He stopped a shot by Kyle Smith as time expired to seal the victory.

The game was tight all day as neither team held a three-goal lead the entire game. The contest was tied on nine different occasions and at the end of both the first and second quarter. It was 2-2 at the end of the first. The Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Frederick and McIntosh, but Whiteway and Manny answered to even it up.

Each team scored five times in the second period. This time UMass scored twice to cap a 4-0 run and take a two-goal. Drexel countered with four in a row, the first two by Trizano and the next two by McIntosh.

The Minutemen didn’t take long to respond as Bobby Tyler scored and was followed by two goals from Kyle Smith as UMass pulled ahead with less than a minute left in the second period. That lead was short lived as Robert Church tied it with just 17 seconds to play until the half.

The third quarter featured nine goals, five of them by the visiting Dragons. Connor Mooney had two third period goals for UMass, while Fusco found the net twice for Drexel. Church and McIntosh each had a goal late as Drexel led by a goal heading into the fourth quarter.

McIntosh’s six-point performance matched a season-high. Trizano and Fusco each recorded hat tricks for the Dragons, while Church and Frederick each finished with a pair of goals and assists. The UMass attack had a huge day, led by Smith.

He scored three times and set up five other goals. Manny had two goals and four assists, while Whiteway scored five times. Winkelman finished the day with 11 saves in goal for the Dragons, who were outshot, 46-45. Nick Saputo had another good day, winning 18 face-offs and picking up 11 ground balls.

Drexel closes the regular season with a pair of home games. The Dragons host Towson on Saturday at Vidas Field beginning at 4 p.m. The Tigers are tied with Drexel at 4-1 in CAA play.

It will be the team’s final conference game of the season. The Dragons play High Point in a non-conference game on Senior Day, April 27, before starting the 2013 postseason.

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