Drexel Wins Fourth Straight, Rolls Lafayette
from press release
PHILADELPHIA – Drexel exploded for a
season-high 18 goals in a convincing 18-5 victory against
Lafayette. The Dragons won 19 face-offs and controlled possession
throughout the game on the way to their fourth straight win. Scott
Perri scored five goals to lead the Dragons, while Nick Trizano
added three more. The Dragons improved to 5-3, while Lafayette fell
Drexel scored on its first possession when Perri netted his 20th goal of the season just 44 seconds into the game. Exactly two minutes later, Brendan Glynn gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead which they never relinquished. Stefan Bauer put the Leopards on the board for the first time halfway through the quarter. After that, thje teams traded goals, with Robert Church scoring for Drexel and Will Heffernan scoring for Lafayette with 1:58 left in the first quarter. It would be the last goal for the Leopards until late in the third period as the Dragons held Lafayette off the board for a stretch of more than 30 minutes. During that stretch Drexel scored 13 straight goals and took command of the game. The Dragons scored goals just 16 seconds apart to end the first period as Trizano and Brendan Glynn each had unassisted goals. They scored four more in the second quarter while keeping Lafayette off the board and went to intermission ahead, 9-2.
The second half started the same way the first half ended as Drexel won face-offs and controlled the tempo. Perri had three goals in the quarter, giving him five in the game. He now has 24 goals on the season. The Dragons also had goals by Trizano, Devin Thomas, Kris Franklin and Craig Owen in the period before Lafayette broke the drought when Greg Allis found the net with just 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Each team scored a pair of goals in the fourth period as reserves saw action for most of the quarter. Franklin Floyd and Allis tallied for the Leopards, while Kris Franklin scored his second goal of the game and Steve Chant recorded his first career goal.
The Dragons had outstanding performances by their two freshmen face-off men. Devin Thomas won 13 of his 14 attempts, came up with a game-high nine ground balls and scored a goal. Michael Roe was also effective, winning six of 11 draws with six ground balls.
Mark Manos made four saves for Drexel before being replaced by A.J. Froehlich with 11 minutes left in the game. Froehlich made three saves in the closing minutes. Ed Stubits turned aside 11 shots for the Leopards.
Drexel returns to Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday afternoon at Hofstra. The Pride is currently eighth in the USILA Coaches' Poll. Game time is at 1 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.
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