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Men’s lacrosse: Drexel, Delaware keep winning in the CAA

Sunday, 18th April 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/18/21
From Press Releases

Reid Bowering scored six times and the Drexel Dragons’ defense held Fairfield without a goal for a stretch of more than 32 minutes in a 19-7 win against Fairfield on Saturday at Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. It was the fifth straight win for the Dragons, who are now 6-2 overall and 4-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play.

Bowering, who missed almost a month this season due to an injury, scored three goals in the first half and added three more in the second. His second goal of the day gave Drexel a 5-4 lead as the Dragons broke open a close game with three-straight scores to end the first half. The Dragons led by just two at intermission, but outscored the Stags 6-0 in the third quarter as part of a 9-0 run. Fairfield was able to break the run with a goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but Drexel’s offense scored the next six goals of the game as the Dragons’ emptied the bench in the final eight minutes of the game.

The Dragons fired 60 shots in the game, the most they have had this season. Drexel controlled play possession throughout the day. Jimmeh Koita won 13 of his 21 face-off attempts and the defense played well throughout the game. Drexel’s defense forced nine of the 20 Fairfield turnovers. When the Stags were able to get a good look, Ross Blumenthal came up with the stop. He made saves on five-straight shots on goal during the second and third period as Drexel went on its run.

Early on, the teams were in a tight battle. The game was tied three times before Fairfield took a 4-3 lead into the second quarter. The Dragons controlled most of the action in the first quarter, but Fairfield goalkeeper Colin Consoli made five stops in the opening 15 minutes. The second quarter was scoreless for more than nine minutes before Luke Hurley set up Jack Mulcahy (Downingtown East), who evened the game at 4-4. Drexel’s Koita won the ensuing face-off and freshman Brent McVicker picked up the ground ball. He found Bowering, who pump faked past a defender and put the ball in the far corner. Fairfield appeared to have the last possession of the half. However, Drexel caused a turnover and in transition, Hurley found Bowering who completed a hat trick with just five seconds to go in the half.

Aidan Coll (Hill School), Sean Curcio (Manheim Twp), Luke Tomak and Zach Augustine (Avon Grove) each scored a pair of goals in the win. Coll, who was this week’s CAA Player of the Week, added a career-high three assists. Hurley, known more for his outstanding play on the defensive end, had a career night at the other end of the field. He had a career-high three points with a goal and two assists. The fifth-year defensive middie now has seven points this season. The Dragons dominated play on the ground, picking up 44 ground balls. Bowering came up with seven of those, while Koita and Sean Quinn each added six. Quinn, one of the top defenders in the CAA, caused three turnovers.

Blumenthal finished the day with seven saves and allowed just five goals. His day ended with seven minutes to go when Kyle Munson took over. Munson made two saves. Consoli made 13 stops for the Stags before his afternoon ended early. Dylan Beckwith led Fairfield with a pair of goals. The Stags managed just one goal on seven extra-man attempts on the day.

Delaware 14, Hofstra 13, OT

The No. 16-ranked Blue Hens ended things in dramatic fashion after completing a late comeback in regulation before securing an overtime road victory against No. 17 Hofstra.

The Blue Hens (8-2, 5-1 CAA) leaned heavily on the backs of Charlie Kitchen (At. Augustine Prep) and Tye Kurtz in the second half and the duo delivered to help Delaware capture its first win opposite a ranked opponent since March 25, 2017.

They combined for 15 points in the win against the Pride (6-4, 3-3 CAA), but it was their performance late in the contest that made the biggest difference on the outcome. Kitchen tallied five goals with an assist and Kurtz posted two assists and a pair of goals, including the game-winning score, in the final two quarters and overtime period.

It wasn’t just the offense showing out in crunch time as Matt Kilkeary and the Delaware defense stepped up as well. The senior goalkeeper recorded six saves in the fourth quarter alone and made a timely stop in overtime to allow the Blue Hens to comeback and ultimately leave Long Island victorious.

Hofstra came out of the gate ready to attack and wasted no time. Within the first four minutes of play, the Pride led 3-0 as Justin Sykes facilitated the offense by finding three different teammates for goals. The Blue Hens responded with back-to-back goals by Kurtz and Kitchen to trim the deficit to one, 3-2, with 8:59 on the clock. However, Hofstra outscored Delaware, 5-1, over the remainder of the first half to go into the break leading by four, 8-4.

Each team put in a pair of goals in the third quarter and the Pride carried a 10-6 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Blue Hens got hot and Kitchen buried back-to-back scores to spark a 7-0 Delaware run. Grant notched his third goal of the season as the defenseman trimmed the deficit to one with 11:59 left to play, before Justin Scott found Mike Robinson for the game-tying goal less than a minute later.

Kitchen continued to heat up and recorded two straight goals, while Kurtz capitalized on a man-up opportunity with 8:07 on the clock to give Delaware a 13-10 lead.

Hofstra put four shots on goal in the ensuing seven minutes, but Kilkeary denied them all. However, with less than a minute left to play, the Pride managed to record three quick scores to force an overtime period.

In overtime, Delaware won the opening faceoff, but a Kurtz shot was saved. Hofstra called timeout and generated a scoring chance of its own, but Kilkeary denied the attempt. The Blue Hens then cleared the ball and called timeout before Kitchen found Kurtz for the game-winning goal.

Jake Hervada (Haverford School) was 11 of 23 for the Blue Hens at the faceoff X.

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