Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/18/17
Virginia scored three goals in a span of 1:19 during the fourth quarter and went on to defeat Drexel, 18-14, in the Dragons’ season-opener on Saturday. Drexel cut the lead to 14-13 on a Marshal King goal, but the Cavaliers answered with three quick scores to improve to 2-0.
Robert Frazee led the Dragons with five points. Frazee, King and Cole Shafer each had hat tricks in the loss. Frazee had two assists, while Shafer and King each had one. Mike D’Amario scored seven times, coming within one goal of the Virginia record for goals in a game. Ryan Lukacovic and Dox Aitken (Haverford School) each scored three times. Zak Williams finished the day with four assists and six points.
Will McNamara (Haverford School) added two groundballs and a caused turnover for UVA.
Lukacovic gave the Cavaliers and three-goal cushion at 14-11 early in the fourth quarter, but the Dragons answered and made it a game. Will Manganiello (Penncrest) scored an unassisted goal at the 11:47 mark, and just :16 seconds later, King scored his second of the game to make it a one-goal contest. That was as close as Drexel would get as Virginia started the quick 3-0 run just :11 seconds after King’s score. Aitken started it with a man-up goal. Less than a minute later, D’Amario netted his sixth goal of the game, putting the home team up by three. Williams set up D’Amario for another one at the 10:01 and Virginia led 17-13. Aitken added an insurance goal before King halted the run with his third goal of the game with 1:45 to play.
Drexel trailed by as many as five goals in the first half, as Virginia raced out to an 8-3 lead, However, the Dragons played an inspired second quarter and scored five of the games next six goals over the final 9:19 of the first half to make it a 9-8 Virginia lead. Jeremy Omrod (Holy Ghost Prep) set up King to make it an 8-4 game. Omrod, who finished with three points, then scored a goal of his own before D’Amario answered. The Dragons would close the half with three-straight scores. Jacob O’Donnell, Shafer and Frazee each found the back of the net as Drexel went to intermission with the momentum. Unfortunately for the visitors, that momentum didn’t last at the Cavaliers scored four straight goals to start the second half. Drexel countered with three goals late in the half by Shafer, Reid Bowering and Frazee, making it 13-11 at the end of 45 minutes.
Virginia outshot Drexel, 56-32. Jimmy Joe Granito made 12 saves for the Dragons, including eight in the first half. The Cavaliers scored four of their goals with the man-up and won 12 of 17 face-offs in the second half. Overall, UVA was 23-for-36 on face-offs. Drexel struggled to clear the ball, completing just 17 of 24 attempts. The Dragons also had 25 turnovers, while Virginia gave the ball away 17 times.
Yale 16, Villanova 11
Despite taking an early lead the Villanova Wildcats (0-2) fell to the No. 8 Yale Bulldogs (1-0) by a final of 16-11 inside Villanova Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Villanova was led by Christian Cuccinello who tied his career high with four goals while adding two assists for a team high six points on the day. Jake Froccaro and Danny Seibel added four points each while Devin McNamara had three of his own. The four Wildcats combined for nine goals and seven assists.
The Wildcats had a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Bulldogs opened the second quarter on a three goal run to take their first lead. Villanova answered back with two goals to take what would be their final lead of the game. Yale went on another three goal scoring streak, two of the goals were scored by freshman Jackson Morrill. McNamara found the back of the net during a man-up opportunity to make the score 7-6 at half.
A 5-2 run in the third quarter by the Bulldogs made the difference in the contest. Yale scored four of those goals in the opening five minutes of the second half. Jake Froccaro was able to get two goals to go for the Wildcats and keep Villanova within four.
Morrill stated the final quarter off with his fourth goal of the game on a pass from Joseph Sessa, both would finish with six points. Villanova would add three goals to the quarter, two by Cuccinello and one by Seibel but Yale also netted three to make the final 16-11.
Villanova won 16-of-31 faceoffs with Luke Palmadesso winning 10 and Jake Froccaro five. Nick Testa played over 50 minutes in goal for the Wildcats and finished with seven saves and a .318 save percentage.
North Carolina 15, Lehigh 8
The Mountain Hawks hung within striking distance for most of the game, but defending national champion and No. 2/3 North Carolina outscored them 3-0 in the third quarter to create separation.
Sophomore Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill-DE) led the Lehigh offense with three goals and an assist for his second straight hat trick. The Mountain Hawks scored the first two goals of the game, but the Tar Heels (3-0) answered.
Freshman Conor Gaffney impressed at the faceoff X. After winning just 2-of-7 in the first quarter, he won nine of his last 15 against North Carolina All-American Stephen Kelly. Along with Pettit’s four points, classmate Tristan Rai also had four behind a goal and three assists. Freshman Andrew Eichelberger was stellar, scoring a career-high two goals as well. Freshman Erik DiGorolamo had a pair of caused turnovers.
Navy 11, Delaware 5
Freshman goalie Ryan Kern (Salesianum School) had 14 saves as No. 17 Navy claimed the win at Delaware Stadium.
Playing on a beautiful February day in front of a season-high crowd of 1,518, the Blue Hens (1-2) scored the final two goals of the third period to pull to within 7-4 but could never get closer as the Mids (1-2) scored twice in the first five minutes of the final stanza to take control.
Delaware freshman Charlie Kitchen (St. Augustine Prep) continued his outstanding play for the Blue Hens as he scored twice and dished out an assist to lead the Blue Hens offense. Joe Eisele (St. Augustine Prep), Will Hirschmann, and Matt Olbrich (Moorestown) also delivered goals for Delaware.