Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/10/17
From Press Release
Senior Cole Shafer scored three goals and freshman Reid Bowering finished with four points as Drexel defeated Bryant, 7-5. Drexel opened up a six-goal lead and held on for the win on a cold, wintry night in West Philadelphia. The Dragons snapped a four-game losing streak for their first win of the season. Bryant fell to 3-4.
Just before the opening face-off, a heavy snow squall came over Vidas Field. The snow came down for most of the first quarter, leaving the field covered and making conditions difficult for both teams. Shots were at a premium in the first 15 minutes. Bryant had four shots, while the Dragons were able to manage just three, one which came from deep in its own end as time expired.
The Dragons finally broke the scoreless tie with 5:58 to go in the first half. Bowering set up Shafer on the left side and beat Bryant’s James Werner as Drexel opened the scoring. Later in the first, it was Bowering who put the Dragons up by two. The freshman made a nice move coming in from goal line extended and scored from right in front. Those would be the only two goals of the first half.
Drexel opened the second half with three goals in a span of one minute to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Shafer scored an unlikely goal after it looked like Drexel turned it over. A feed went in to Shafer but was broken up. With the ball rolling in front, Shafer picked it up and fired a low shot into the cage.
Freshman Chris Friedman (Episcopal Academy) scored for the first time in his college career, dodging down the left side to make it a four-goal cushion. On the ensuing face-off, Matt Klinges (Malvern Prep) fought for the loose ball after a scrum and fed Shafer, who broke in alone for his third goal of the game and the 97th of his career. The Bulldogs ended Drexel’s run when Tom Kennedy scored with 8:31 to go in the third quarter. However, Drexel scored two more goals, one by Bowering and another by Robert Frazee, set up by Bowering, to take a 7-1 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Bryant scored the next four goals to make it interesting. The Bulldogs scored three times in a span of two and a half minutes to cut the lead to three with plenty of time remaining. Tucker James started the run and less than a minute later, Kennedy set up Cam Ziegler for a man-up goal, making it 7-3. At the 10:29 mark, the Bulldogs scored once again, this time on an unassisted score by Kevin Quigley. The score would remain 7-4 until Ziegler found Jake Buonaiuto in front with 1:26 to go in the contest. Bryant would get no closer as the Dragons got in the win column for the first time.
The conditions made for a sloppy game on both sides. Bryant turned the ball over 21 times, while Drexel had 18 miscues, including seven in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs outshot Drexel, 38-25, mainly due to the work of their face-off unit. Kenny Massa won 12 of the 16 face-offs in the game, including the last eight. He scooped up six ground balls. Jimmy Joe Granito made nine stops in the cage for the Dragons, as did Bryant’s Werner.
The Dragons have a quick turnaround with a Sunday afternoon game. Drexel will host Saint Joseph’s at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Vidas Field in Philadelphia.