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Men’s roundup: @DrexelMLax, @TigerLacrosse triumph

Sunday, 11th March 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/11/18

Drexel’s Reid Bowering tied a career-high with five goals and the Dragons scored four straight times in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and defeat Bryant, 12-9, on Saturday.

The Dragons and Bulldogs were tied at 8-8 after a Jake Buonaiuto bullet beat Chre Teitelbaum evening the score. Drexel made a defensive stop on the next possession and then proceeded to take control of the game. Bowering started the run with his second man-down goal of the game, this one coming with 9:27 to go in the contest. Matt Varian gave Drexel (2-3) an insurance goal less than three minutes later. With Drexel ahead 10-8, Teitelbaum came up with another save in goal, giving Drexel the ball. On the ensuing possession, Jake O’Donnell came from behind the net to beat Bryant (2-5) goaltender Kevin Beimfohr, putting the Dragons up by three. Bowering added his fifth of the game with less than two minutes to go on the man-up to clinch Drexel’s second straight win. Bryant added a goal in the final seconds.

Bowering matched his career-high set last year at Hofstra with five goals. He now has a team-high 11 goals this season. Will Manganiello (Penncrest) and Varian each scored twice for the Dragons. Jake Buonaiuto scored four times in a losing cause for the Bulldogs.

Drexel won the game despite being outshot, 37-32, and losing all but one face off in the game. Kenny Massa was 23-for-24 for the Bulldogs and had 12 ground balls. Teitelbaum had another good game in the cage for Drexel, turning aside 13 Bryant shots.

Drexel had a four-goal lead for the second time on the afternoon with just 3:01 to go in the third quarter at 8-4. Robert Frazee, Varian and Will Manganiello had the Drexel goals. For the second time in the game, the lead evaporated quickly. This time, the Bulldogs scored three in a span of 1:07 to make it a one-goal game.

Princeton 15, Rutgers 14, OT

Austin Sims, shaking out of an early-season shooting slump, put up five goals, including three in the final eight minutes as Princeton rallied from down four in the fourth quarter to defeat 13th-ranked Rutgers in OT in the 96th meeting for the Meistrell Cup. Sims tied the game with 49.7 seconds left and then won it 1:28 into overtime, both times on rocket shots from up top, one righthanded and one lefthanded.

Sims started the comeback with his third of the day, of all which had been from freshman Chris Brown to that point. The Tigers, who hadn’t scored a goal in 15:34 to that point, then finished the game on a 5-0 run.

Connor McCarthy and Dawson McKenzie scored to make it 14-12 with five minutes to go, McKenzie’s goal assisted by Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin), who had three goals and six assists and who kept Princeton in it the entire way. For Sowers that’s a career high in assists and his third career nine-point game.

All of that set the stage for the frantic ending. First Sims ripped one home with 49.7 to go to tie it. Then Sam Bonafede (19 for 33) won the face-off, giving the Tigers a chance to win it in regulation.

Sowers would hit the pipe, or maybe two pipes, on a low shot, and the rebound then found Sims, whose follow up almost handcuffed RU goalie Max Edelmann, who nevertheless made his best save of the game to force overtime.

While there, Rutgers won the face-off, and Tyler Blaisdell – who had briefly been replaced by Jon Levine, who would make three third quarter saves – then robbed Christian Mazzone on the doorstep to keep the game alive. Freshman defenseman George Baughan (Springfield-Montco, 2 GB as a starter) got the ground ball. Chase Williams cleared it. Riley Thompson found Sims, and Sims then drilled it home to end it.

Binghamton 8, Delaware 7, 2 OT

Heartbreak was felt firsthand by the Blue Hens in a tough double overtime loss at Binghamton. Delaware has now lost three games this year by a total of just four goals.

Sophomore Bryce Reid (Avon Grove) netted his third hat trick in the past four games to pace the offensive attack, while classmate Matt DeLuca had his fifth double-digit save performance of the year with 12 on the day and many more forced shots wide.

Charlie Kitchen (St. Augustine Prep) and Dean Disimone (St. Augustine Prep) also had multi-goal performances, while the duo of Jake Hervada (Haverford School) and Joe Lenskold combined to go 14-of-20 at the X in the contest.

Sophomore Zach Strassner had a career-high three caused turnovers to lead a defensive effort that limited the Bearkats chances for most of the afternoon.

Cornell 9, Penn State 7

No. 20 Penn State fell to Cornell in a neutral site showdown at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md.

Penn State held a 6-3 lead into the opening of the final quarter of action, but a 6-1 final quarter in favor of Cornell was the difference in the game.

Junior Kevin Hill has a strong offensive performance, scoring three goals and adding an assist to lead the Nittany Lions in point on the afternoon.

Fellow junior Nick Spillane added three points as he tallied two assists and a goal. Sophomore Dylan Foulds recorded both a goal and an assist, while senior Tanner Peck (Avon Grove) added his first goal of the season, and freshman John Nostrant (Haverford School) added his second of the season in as many games.

Navy 15, Lafayette 5

Will McCarthy led the Leopards (2-5, 0-3) offensively with two goals and two assists, his fourth multi-point game this season. Conor Walters added two goals and an assist, while Bryan Hess was the other goal-scorer with the fifth tally for the Maroon and White.

Ryan Kern (Salesianum) had five saves for Navy (4-3, 3-0)

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