Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/12/22
From Press Release
Max Semple picked up a loose ball and fired home his fifth goal of the day as visiting Drexel stunned Marquette in double overtime, 11-10, today. The Dragons’ defense held the Golden Eagles without a goal for the final 25:55 of the contest as they rallied from a three-goal deficit to win their fourth straight game.
Marquette won the face-off to start the second overtime period and called timeout. The Golden Eagles Griffin Fries found space from less than 10 yards away, but McGill turned aside his 15th shot of the day. Drexel raced up the field in transition.
Sean Quinn wound up to fire a shot, but it was knocked away. However, Semple was in the right spot. The ball bounced out of Quinn’s stick and Semple snared it and ended the contest 42 seconds into the second overtime period. He bounced it past Michael Allieri for his career-best fifth goal of the day.
The first overtime period went back and forth with each defense coming up big. Drexel forced two turnovers in the stanza, including a shot clock violation, but couldn’t end the game on offense. Drexel committed two turnovers in the offensive end and the teams were forced to play another four-minute session.
Drexel trailed by three goals with midway through the third period before the defense really clamped down. The Dragons chipped away and trimmed the deficit to one late in the third after Jack Mulcahy (Downingtown East, 1G, 2A, 2GB) scored his only goal of the day. Mulcahy, who was coming off a huge game on Tuesday, set up Semple, making it a 10-9 game. In the fourth quarter, both defenses held the opposition off the board for the first 10 minutes.
Drexel finally tied the game for the first time since late in the first quarter. Tristan Plotts found Semple who blistered a shot home to even it at 10-10. Semple had a chance to end it in regulation, but Allieri came up with a big save of his own with just nine seconds to go.
Semple finished with six points to lead Drexel while Aidan Coll (Hill School) had a pair of scores and one assist and Patrick Udovich (Archmere) had a groundball and a caused turnover. Marquette’s Bobby O’Grady scored three times and had four points. Kirschner and Will Foster each had two goals.
In a high-scoring first quarter, Marquette scored three-straight goals to turn a one-goal deficit into a lead. The Golden Eagles added another early in the second quarter and led 7-4. Despite not having many possessions,
Drexel was able to stay in the game. Semple completed his hat trick with four minutes to play and Ryan Genord scored his second of the day making it a 7-6 game. Marquette grabbed a little of that momentum back when Chris Kirschner rifled a shot in the upper corner with 1:18 to play until intermission.
McGill, filling in for the injured Ross Blumenthal, made a career-high 15 saves. Drexel was outshot, 51-32, but caused 11 turnovers to stay in the game. Marquette won 19 of the game’s 15 face-offs, but the Golden Eagles ended the day with 24 miscues. Allieri made 12 saves for Marquette.