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Men’s college roundup: Church, Manos (Salesianum) help Dragons stun No. 3 Irish in OT

Tuesday, 9th March 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/9/10

Drexel freshman Ryan Church fired a shot past Notre Dame goalkeeper Scott Rodgers with 22 seconds remaining in overtime as the Dragons stunned the No. 3 Fighting Irish in overtime, 7-6, today in men’s Division I lacrosse.

Sophomore goalie Mark Manos (Salesianum, DE) made 17 saves as the Dragons handed the Irish (3-1) their first loss of the season and improved to 4-1 with their fourth straight win. More details later.

Drexel tied the game in regulation on Kevin Stockel’s third goal with 2:09 remaining. Neither team ever led by more than a goal.

Notre Dame controlled possession for most of the game as Trever Sipperly was outstanding on face-offs. He won 13 of his 17 attempts, including 10 of the first 12 as the Irish won the time of possession battle by a wide margin in the first three quarters. Drexel’s Nick Kusturiss (Penncrest), who has seen limited time at the “x” as of late, entered the game and won two of his four attempts, which gave Drexel’s offense the ball and a lift in the fourth quarter. The Dragons only won four face-offs in the contest.

The game was a match up of two of the nation’s top goalkeepers. Rodgers, a Third Team All-American a year ago, made 12 saves, including three in the fourth quarter. Manos, the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie of the Year in 2009, made 17 saves for the third time already this season. The Irish outshot the Dragons, 42-30, and had two man-up goals, both by Max Pfeifer (four tallies).

Notre Dame (3-1) vs. Drexel (4-1)
Attendance: 661
Notre Dame SCORING: GOALS: PFEIFER, Max 4; KREBS, Grant 1; EARL, David 1.
Drexel SCORING: GOALS: Stockel, Kevin 3; Church, Robert 1; Collins, Andrew 1;
Wilber, Dana 1; Prosser, Aaron 1.
ASSISTS: West, Ryan 3; Perri, Scott 2; Tufano, Frank 1.

Robert Morris 12, Ohio State 7

Defender Brendan Lee (Germantown Academy) had a groundball and a caused turnover to help the hosts improve to 4-0. James Green (Central Bucks East) scored once and assisted on another while grabbing two groundballs for the Buckeyes (3-2) in defeat.

Princeton 13, Manhattan 8

Paul Barnes (Haverford School) scored once for the Tigers (3-0).

Johns Hopkins 16, UMBC 10

Kyle Wharton (Haverford School) collected three goals, two assists, three groundballs and two caused turnovers as the Blue Jays (4-1) prevailed. Tucker Durkin (La Salle) had a caused turnover and a groundball to pace the Hopkins defense and Matt Dolente (Malvern Prep) won 8 of 17 face-offs.

Virginia 20, VMI 6

John Haldy (Haverford School) scored once and Ken Clausen (Hill School) had three caused turnovers and two groundballs to pace the defense as the No. 1 Cavaliers (5-0) rolled.

Division III
Gwynedd Mercy 15, Alvernia 2

Sophomore Matt Houk had four goals and added two assists to help the Griffins improve to 4-0.

Freshman Mason Risner added two scores and four assists while sophomore Craig Trueblood chipped in a hat trick.

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