March 16, 2013

Church, McIntosh Lead Drexel Past Mount St. Mary's

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Church and Ben McIntosh each scored four times as Drexel defeated Mount St. Mary's, 14-11, on a cold afternoon at Vidas Field. The Dragons ranked 13th in the nation entering the week, stayed unbeaten at home with the win.

The Dragons offense exploded for five goals in the fourth quarter as they extended their home win streak to four straight games. Church set up Ryan Belka just 37 seconds into the final period to even the game at 10-10. It was the third assist of the game for Church, who finished with seven points. Exactly two minutes later, the Dragons took the lead for good. Nick Trizano set up freshman Frank Fusco, who rifled a shot from 10 yards out putting Drexel ahead, 11-10. McIntosh gave Drexel some breathing room midway through the quarter. The junior scored back-to-back goals to give the Dragons a three-goal cushion. The defense was able to hold the high-powered Mount offense to just one goal in the final 15 minutes. Bryant Schmidt made in interesting when his unassisted scored cut the Drexel lead to two with just under five minutes to play. However, Drexel put the game out of reach when McIntosh dodged a defender, fed Church coming in on the right side who bounced a shot past Adam Borgogelli with 1:13 left in the game.

Drexel trailed at intermission by a goal, but tied the game in the first minute of the third quarter. Nick Trizano fired a shot from straight on to even the score at 8-8. The Dragons' offense went quiet for the rest of the period as the Mount's defense held Drexel without a goal for more than 11 minutes. During that stretch, Mount St. Mary's scored twice to take a two-goal lead. Brett Schmidt set up Eric Ososki to give the Mount the lead early in the quarter. The teams would remain at 9-8 until Schmidt scored the fourth of his five goals with 1: 36 to play in the third quarter. Drexel finally got back in the scoring column when Church scored an unassisted tally with :47 to play in the third which started the 6-1 run to close the game.

It was an exciting first half if you like offense. The teams produced 15 goals and back and forth play. Drexel looked in control early as it started the game by scoring the first four goals. Andrew Vivian scored the first two and Church added the next pair as Drexel's defense played well and held the Mount without a goal until the final seconds of the quarter. Ososki got the Mount's offense started with just six ticks left on the clock as he beat Cal Winkelman. That seemed to get the Mount going as it scored the next three goals of the game to tie it at 4-4. Aaron Prosser and Schmidt exchanged goals before Church scored two straight, the second with 4:28 left in the half to put the Dragons up, 7-5. Once again Mount St. Mary's answered. The Mount scored three times in the final 2:38 to take an 8-7 lead to the half.

Schmidt had another big day for the Mount, scoring five times and handing out an assist. He has scored at least one goal in 37 straight games, the longest such streak in the nation. Andrew Scalley was somewhat held in check with four points. He entered the game with 47 points in just eight games.

Church's seven points moved him into a tie for seventh all-time at Drexel with 165 career points. He also moved into fifth place on Drexel's career goals list with his final score of the day. The senior now has 105 in his career. McIntosh had a five-point day and now has 17 goals on the season. Ryan Belka finished the game with a goal and three assists. His goal came on the man-up, his sixth extra-man goal of the year. Drexel was 2-for-3 with the man-up and didn't attempt a shot in its final opportunity late in the game as the Dragons tried to kill the clock.

Winkelman came up with some big stops in just his third collegiate game. The redshirt freshman made nine saves in the game. Borgogelli had seven saves for the Mount. The Mount outshot Drexel, 35-30, and the face-offs finished even, despite the Mount's big early advantage. Deven Thomas took most of the face-offs in the second half for Drexel and was 9-for-14 on draws.


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