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Men’s lacrosse: Drexel topples Towson, 14-11

Saturday, 20th April 2013

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/20/13
From Press Release

Drexel opened the second half with eight straight goals to break a 5-5 tie and went on to defeat Towson, 14-11, at Vidas Field on Saturday afternoon.

Robert Church scored four times and assisted on three others and Ryan Belka also scored four times as the Dragons overcame an early three goal deficit to earn their 10th win of the year. The Dragons are now 10-3 overall and are 5-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play.

The Dragons, ranked 17th in the nation entering the game, scored eight times in just over five minutes to break open a close game to start the second half. Church started the scoring run with an unassisted tally at the 9:36 mark giving Drexel its first lead of the game.

Ben McIntosh followed with a goal 29 seconds later putting the Dragons up two. The offensive flurry continued minutes later as Drexel added six goals in a span of 2:08. Church had two more during the run and the Dragons also had goals from Hank Brown, Nick Saputo, Chris Frederick and Aaron Prosser during that stretch as they took a commanding 13-5 lead.

Saputo, Drexel’s face-off man, won a draw clean and raced in for a goal. He also set up another after gaining control of a loose ball after the face-off on the ground and shoveling it over to Church. The Tigers (7-7, 3-2) finally broke the run and answered with a run of their own.

They scored the next six goals of the game, cutting Drexel’s lead down to two with 6:57 to play. DeNapoli scored two more goals during Towson’s run and finished with six goals on the day. The Dragons added an insurance goal with 5:40 to play when Belka set up Church for his fifth score of the contest. It was the eighth time this season the Dragons have come back from at least a two-goal deficit to win a game.

Towson’s offense put two goals on the board in the games’ first three minutes and led 3-0 with 4:18 to play in the first quarter. DeNapoli scored all three goals as the Tigers’ took the early lead. The Dragons finally got on the board with just 52 seconds to go in the first frame when Church scored a goal in transition.

It would be Drexel’s only goal in the first 25 minutes of the game. Andrew Wiscavage played well in goal early for the Tigers and had nine saves in the first half.
Drexel’s offense finally got going late in the second quarter, scoring four times in the final 4:18 of the half to even the game.

The Dragons scored a man-up goal after Towson committed its third face-off violation of the half. Church set up Ben McIntosh for his 31st goal of the year. Ryan Belka then scored two straight goals to tie it at 4-4. Towson broke the brief run when Matthew Hughes scored with just 43 seconds left before intermission, but Drexel answered when Belka scored his third of the game with just nine seconds to go.

Defenseman Tyler Houchins (La Salle) had three groundballs and a caused turnover.

Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East) scored once and Zach Gregory (Conestoga) won 6 of 13 face-offs for the Tigers.

With the win, Drexel remained unbeaten at home this season and extended its winning streak at Vidas Field to eight games. Church moved into a tie for fourth place on Drexel’s all-time scoring list with 185 career points. McIntosh added a pair of goals and assists and now has 48 points this season. Saputo won 17 face-offs and had a team-high nine ground balls. Cal Winkelman made 11 stops in goal for the Dragons as he picked up his seventh win of the year.

DeNapoli finished with seven points to lead the Tigers. Greg Cuccinello added a pair of goals and Hodgson had a goal and an assist. Wiscavage made 13 saves in goal before being replaced after Drexel’s 12th goal. Jake Graves played the final 19:32 in the cage for Towson and allowed just one goal on three shots on goal. Towson outshot the Dragons, 46-42, including a 14-7 edge in the final quarter. Drexel won 17 of the game’s 29 face-offs

Drexel closes the regular season with a non-conference game against High Point on Saturday. The teams will face-off at Vidas Field at 1 p.m. The CAA Tournament starts the following week. Drexel earned at least a two-seed in the tournament and could earn the top seed if Penn State were to lose its final two games.

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