Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/26/14
From Press Release
Host Villanova rallied from a three-goal deficit and came back to tie the contest on five separate occasions and Austin Frederick netted the game-winner in overtime in a thrilling 11-10 victory over city rival Drexel Tuesday night.
Frederick pivoted at a low angle deep on the crease to beat Drexel (1-2) goalkeeper Will Gabrielsen (16 saves) with just 54 seconds remaining in overtime as Villanova (1-1) played their second overtime contest in as many games.
The game marked the 34th overall meeting between the two schools as the Wildcats and Dragons have met every year dating back to 1981.
The Wildcats never led in the contest until Frederick’s game-winner but dominated the time of possession and outshot the Dragons by a 57-34 margin. The contest marked Drexel’s third one-goal game of the season and its second overtime contest.
“I’m proud of how our kids stepped up today, especially the younger class,” said Villanova coach Michael Corrado. “A lot of guys are just starting to get their reps on offense and with some guys hurt others are getting an opportunity to play.”
Drexel’s Ben McIntosh scored a pair of goals midway through the fourth quarter to break an 8-8 tie. Nick Trizano fed McIntosh who fired a shot past Dan Willis to put Drexel ahead, 9-8, with 8:44 left in regulation. Just over a minute later, McIntosh was at it again, this time set up by Cole Shafer.
But Wildcats junior Eric Gartner (Great Valley) notched back-to-back scores with 5:07 and 1:06 left on the clock.
With just 12 seconds left, Gartner had an excellent look at goal but was denied when Gabrielsen made a point-blank save to send the contest into extra minutes.
Each team had opportunities and traded possessions in the first overtime. Villanova senior Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.) won his 15th faceoff of the evening at the start of OT to give the Wildcats the ensuing possession, but neither team could find their footing as time wound down. Drexel had its best chance to claim the contest on an extra-man opportunity with 1:52 on the clock but was stifled by freshman goalkeeper Dan Willis (Moorestown).
Following Willis’ save, Frederick tallied his fourth goal of the season on the transition.
Jules Raucci (Garnet Valley) had a goal and an assist and Belka scored twice while defenseman Tyler Houchins (La Salle) had three caused turnovers and a groundball to lead the Dragons’ defense.
Defensively, ‘Nova senior defensemen John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) and Chris Piccirilli (Davidsonville, Md.) grabbed six ground balls apiece while classmate Christopher Conroy (Chatham, N.J.) added an additional two ground balls and five caused turnovers on the evening. Willis tallied 15 saves in the victory for his first career win.