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.@DrexelMensLax tops St. John’s; @PennStateMLAX falls to UMass

Saturday, 19th March 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/19/16
From Press Releases

The Drexel men’s lacrosse team put together a dominant performance on both ends of the field in Saturday’s 13-4 victory over the St. John’s Red Storm at Vidas Field.

Junior goaltender Jimmy Joe Granito led the effort on the defensive end, saving 16 of the 20 shots that were fired on net. On the offensive end, the Dragons got four goals from Cole Shafer and a hat trick from Robert Frazee. The Red Storm was without its top offensive playmaker, Eric DeJohn, who did not make the trip to University City. Drexel (3-4) jumped on the Red Storm (1-7) from the opening faceoff and would not let up for the full 60 minutes. The Dragons scored the first five goals of the game to take a commanding lead less than 18 minutes in.

Junior midfielder Joseph Rainoldi opened the afternoon’s scoring, taking the isolation play from straight away to put Drexel on the board at 8:23. Just over three minutes later, Mason Pynn found Frazee on the left wing. Rainoldi would get back in the first half scoring action, this time with an assist to freshman Marshal King, who scored with 27 seconds left on the first quarter clock. Shafer, who is now tied for the team lead with Frazee with 14 goals, would then open the second quarter with two goals in 2:38 to put the Dragons up 5-0.

The Dragons and St. John’s would trade two goals apiece the rest of the period. Declan Swarthwood finally got the Red Storm in the scoring column at 10:21 in the second. After Frazee pushed the Drexel lead back to five goals, St. John’s leading goal scorer, Jason DeBenedictis, found the back of the net at 3:55. However, with 1:36 left in the half, Frazee took the feed from Hank Brown to score his third goal of the half, making it a 7-2 halftime lead for the Dragons.

After the half, St. John’s cut Drexel’s lead down to four with a goal less than 90 seconds in. That would prove to be the closest it would come the rest of the way as the Dragons rattled off four straight goals to put the game out of reach. The streak started with freshman Matthew Varian finding a streaking Will Manganiello (Penncrest) through the heart of the defense for a score. On the ensuing face-off, Nabil Akl, who won 10 of his 18 face-offs, won the draw cleanly to set up Shafer’s third goal of the day just 40 seconds later.

Varian would then net one of his one right before the quarter break, before Shafer would open the fourth quarter with his fourth to make it an 11-3 lead. After St. John’s tallied a score from James Bonanno, Manganiello netted his second with 7:49 to play then senior Frank Fusco scored his first of the year to give the Dragons the 13-4 win.

UMass 11, Penn State 9

No. 20 Penn State (5-3) fell short in an 11-9 loss to UMass (4-4) at the Penn State Lacrosse Field.

Junior Mike Sutton (St. Augustine Prep) led a group of six Nittany Lion scorers with three goals for his first hat trick of the season. Freshman Grant Ament (Haverford School) finished second on the team with two goals, while also dishing out a team-high four assists for six points. Juniors Nick Aponte and Brian Prestreau, redshirt freshman Matt Florence and freshman Kevin Hill also added one goal apiece.

Senior James Burke led the team with five ground balls, while also causing one turnover. Junior Peter Triolo led the team with two caused turnovers, while also adding one ground ball.

The Minutemen out-shot the Nittany Lions 41-21, while also winning the ground ball battle, 22-20. UMass was also helped out by a 16-for-24 showing from the faceoff “x.”

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