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Men’s roundup: @DrexelMLAX tops @SJUHawks_MLAX; @UrsinusMLAX remains perfect

Sunday, 12th March 2017

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/12/17

Freshman Reid Bowering recorded a career-high six points as Drexel downed Saint Joseph’s, 12-8, at Vidas Field on Sunday afternoon. Cole Shafer scored four times, including the 100th of his career, and Jimmy Joe Granito made 16 saves as the Dragons improved to 2-4. The Hawks fell to 3-4.

Drexel scored two early third-quarter goals on the man-up to take its first lead of the game. Shafer put home a feed from Jacob O’Donnell to tie it and after an offside penalty, Nick Valentino found Robert Frazee and the lefty made it 7-6. The lead lasted for a little under six minutes as Jason Kelly (Salesianum School) scored his fourth goal of the game to even the score at 7-7. Drexel grabbed the momentum back and control of the game by scoring the next four goals, three in the third and another to start the fourth. Shafer put the Dragons ahead for good with 4:53 to go in the third.

The Dragons then scored twice in the final minute to take a three-goal lead heading into the fourth. Shafer set up the first of the two as he appeared to take a shot, but found Bowering on the doorstep for the freshman’s third score of the game. O’Donnell scored with just ticks remaining in the quarter. Marshal King finished the run with an unassisted tally early in the fourth. Chris Blewitt’s goal for the Hawks at the 11:15 mark cut the lead to three, but that would be the last score of the game for the visitors. Granito made four saves in the quarter to keep the Hawks from getting any closer.

The Dragons found themselves in a hole early in the game as the Hawks raced out to an early 4-1 lead. Kyle Cain opened the scoring just 59 seconds into the game. The Dragons evened the score when Bowering set up Rainoldi, who rifled a shot past T.J. Jones at the 10:16 mark. Off the next face off Austin Smith picked up the ground ball and the long stick found the cage just 12 seconds after the Dragons had tied it. Kelly then scored two times in the span of less than a minute to put the Hawks up by three and force Drexel into calling a timeout. The game would stay at 4-1 until the second quarter, when Drexel scored three straight to even it at 4-4. Shafer had two of those, while Bowering had the other.

Bowering finished the day with four goals and two assists for Drexel. The rookie now has six goals and 10 points in his last two games. Shafer became just the ninth Dragon to score 100 career goals. He now has 17 this season and 101 in his career. He passed Ben McIntosh and Brian Diener with his fourth goal today to move into seventh on Drexel’s career list. Granito had his best game of the season with the 16 saves. Matt Klinges (Malvern Prep) picked up six ground balls in the win, while Michael Meurer forced three turnovers for Brian Voelker’s club. Drexel’s special teams had a hand in the victory. The man-down unit held the Hawks without a goal in five attempts. On the other end of the field, Drexel was 3-for-4 with the extra man.

Kelly led the Hawks with four goals. Cain added a pair, while Blewitt scored one and assisted on another. Brendan McNicholas (Avon Grove) had four groundballs and a caused turnover and Charles Giunta (Penn Charter) had two groundballs and two caused turnovers to pace the Hawks’ defense while Danny Manning won 13 of the game’s 22 face-offs. The Hawks had 34 ground balls to Drexel’s 25.

Division III

Ursinus 15, Elizabethtown 10

Sophomore Peter DeSimone (four goals) joined juniors Lou Harrison (Ridley, three goals, one assist) and Gerard Brown (three goals) with hat tricks, and freshman Bobby McClure (Haverford High) dished out three assists to power No. 14 Ursinus (5-0) to a victory over visiting Elizabethtown. Ursinus is off to its best start to a season since winning its first seven games in 2010, and the Bears have netted at least ten goals in five straight contests to begin a season for the first time in program history.

With the Bears bombing away on attack, a pair of (relatively) new starters gave the home side a lift. Senior Steve Palo (Hatboro-Horsham), making his first start of the season and third of his career, finished 12-for-20 at the faceoff X and collected a career-high seven ground balls, and junior defenseman Brett Wojtkowiak caused two turnovers to supplement a strong effort from freshman Noah Frantz (Strath Haven, four ground balls, three caused turnovers) on the back line.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, each team leading multiple times before a closing run by Ursinus gave the hosts a glimmer of separation. DeSimone’s goal in close put the Bears up 2-1 just over five minutes in, and Brown’s snipe from the tightest of windows – a rocket to the top right corner of the net from the left wing – staked them out to a 3-2 edge with 1:52 left in the period.

Back came the Blue Jays (4-2), who went ahead 4-3 on Cody Larkin’s marker less than a minute into the second quarter. Ursinus rattled off four unanswered from there, starting with Harrison’s bullet from 15 yards out at the 13:10 mark. Freshman Reagan Ketchum (Manheim Township, two goals, two assists) sent a bouncer past Elizabethtown goalie Brandon Calle (owen j. Roberts) off a beautiful cross-crease find from McClure to five the Bears the lead for good with 10:44 left in the opening half.

DeSimone got a shot to trickle in for a man-up goal, and added another in transition from senior Matthew Cioeta (Sun Valley) to run the advantage to 7-4 with 2:42 to go. The Blue Jays got one from Phil Kyger with 44.9 ticks showing to get within two at the break.

Elizabethtown made a run early in the third quarter, with goals from Mike Specht and Jason Clough (Friends’ Central) trimming the Ursinus lead to 8-7 at the 9:30 mark. Then came a patented scoring spree from the Bears, who reeled off six in a row to put the contest well out of reach.

Brown kicked off the game-sealing burst with his second of the day, and DeSimone followed with a bouncing blast that made it 10-7. McClure extended the lead to four with a highlight-reel finish, scooping up the ground ball off a rebound save and quickly sending a behind-the-back effort into the back of the net. Harrison completed his second straight hat trick with 59.5 seconds left in the frame, and freshman Nolan Sachs tacked on his second of the year, converting a perfect pass from Ketchum at the left post for a 13-7 upper hand going into the fourth.

Ketchum’s spin move and subsequent shot into the bottom of the net polished off the run, and Brown completed his first hat trick of the season with 6:35 remaining.

Mike Specht tallied three goals and an assist for the Blue Jays, who got two goals and a helper from Clough. Calle finished with nine saves, and back-up Tom Mahoney had four in the final 13 minutes.

McClure registered his fourth game with at least three assists, including one to a wide-open Joe Donnelly after intercepting Calle’s attempted clear that gave the Bears a 9-7 lead just over a minute into the fourth. McClure added five ground balls, matching Sachs and DeSimone.

Sophomore Elliott Shevitz collected 11 saves in improving to 3-0 on the year.

Dickinson 12, Widener 6

No. 13 Dickinson (4-0) broke away in the second half as Tucker Carney (Strath Haven) controlled five ground balls, Corey Richatrds (Haverford School) added three groundballs and Mike Cherry (Radnor) had a goal and two assists.

Paz Gismondi had a goal and an assist for Widener (1-1).

Mount Saint Mary 11, Gwynedd Mercy 10, OT

Dylan De Meo scored the game-winner in OT and had four goals and two assists to lead MSM.

Joseph Pandolfi (Washington Township-NJ) had two goals and two assists, Jacob Snavely (Central Bucks South) had two goals and one assist, Ryan Simpson (Upper Darby) scored twice and Kohler Setley (La Salle) had a goal and two assists for Gwynedd Mercy (1-3)..

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