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Men’s lacrosse: Drexel falls to red-hot Bucknell, 17-8

Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/12/13
From Press Release

Ryan Belka scored three goals, but Drexel had its four-game winning streak snapped at Bucknell, 17-8.

The Bison scored four straight goals in the first quarter to take a lead that it would not relinquish the rest of the way. Drexel is now 4-2 on the season. The Dragons entered the game 13th in the latest USILA Poll.

Bucknell’s Jackson Place (Episcopal Academy) led the defense with two groundballs and to caused turnovers.

Midfielder Thomas Flibotte tied a Bucknell freshman record with six goals. Bucknell, listed 18th in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll, set a program record for largest margin of victory against a ranked opponent and improved to 5-1 with its fourth straight win.

Bucknell scored 11 first half goals and raced out to an 11-4 lead at halftime. The first three possessions of the game resulted in goals. Belka got the Dragons on the board early, but Bucknell answered when Brock Ghelfi found the net about a minute later.

On Drexel’s next possession, Robert Chuch scored his 100th career goal to give Drexel a 2-1 lead. It would be the Dragons last lead of the game. Bucknell tied it when Flibotte scored the first of his six goals in the game at the 10:27 mark of the first period.

Drexel took a pair of penalties later in the quarter and Bucknell was able to score two extra man goals.

The game was still close early in the second quarter as both Andrew Vivian and Frank Fusco sandwiched a goal around Bucknell’s David Dickson, making in 6-4 in favor of the hosts. However, Bucknell closed the half on a 5-0 run and put the game out of reach tallied for the Dragons. By halftime, Flibotte and Todd Heritage each had three goals for Bucknell.

The teams each scored three times in the third quarter as the Bison was able to maintain its seven goal lead. Belka, Church and Vivian scored for Drexel, while Flibotte, Bailey and Brock Ghelfi had unassisted goals for Bucknell. Belka had a man-up goal in the early going of the fourth quarter to make it a 14-8 game. The teams went scoreless for the next eight minutes before the Bison had three goals in the final four minutes of the game.

Chuch became just the seventh Dragon in history with 100 goals. He now has 13 in his final season. Cal Winkelman made his second career start in the cage and came up with six saves before being replaced in the second half.

The redshirt freshman allowed 14 goals before Dan Rodgers came in to play the final 20 minutes. He allowed three goals and made four saves. In addition to Flibotte’s six goals, Heritage, Bailey and Ghelfi each had three-goal games. Kyle Feeney made 10 saves as Bucknell outshot Drexel, 46-27. The Bison committed just nine turnovers.

The Dragons return home to face Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday. The Mount is now 4-4 after defeating Georgetown on Tuesday afternoon, 14-6.



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