Drexel Outlasts Albany in Another Shootout
from LaxMagazine.com staff reports
ALBANY, N.Y. – The No. 10-ranked Albany men's lacrosse team's run-and-gun show ran into a higher-octane opponent for the second straight week Saturday, as No. 20-ranked Drexel defeated the Great Danes 14-13 in a game in which the teams combined for 97 shots.
Drexel's Ben McIntosh scored two goals late in the fourth quarter to break a 12-12 tie. Albany wasn't done, however, and with 1:45 remaining Lyle Thompson set up John Maloney to trim the lead to one. Drexel had a chance to put the game away, but missed an opportunity with the Great Danes net open. Albany forced the turnover past midfield and called a timeout. The Danes had their chances late, but Ryan Feuerstein's shot went high, Lyle Thompson had one blocked and Maloney's shot went wide before time expired.
Shafer, in just his second collegiate game, had a goal and four assists for Drexel, which last year defeated Albany 20-19 in a similar shootout. Shafer now has five goals and five assists in the Dragons' two games. Jules Raucci and Nick Trizano each recorded hat tricks for Drexel. The Dragons' Will Gabrielsen had a stellar game in the cage. The sophomore came up with 16 saves against the high-powered Great Danes' offense.
Albany's Miles and Lyle Thompson each recorded six points in the loss. Miles Thompson scored four goals, while Lyle Thompson handed out five assists. Maloney and Tim Cox each scored twice. Blaze Riorden made 17 saves.
Albany, which last week fell to No. 2 Syracuse 17-16 in overtime, edged Drexel in shots, 49-48, but the Dragons once again controlled the faceoffs. Drexel won 19 of the 31 draws. Saputo was held to 8-for-16 after a huge game last week, but Deven Thomas, making his first appearance of the year, was 11-for-15 with seven ground balls.
The Dragons prevailed despite going a stretch of more than 12 minutes without a goal in the second half. During that time, the Great Danes were able to turn a three-goal deficit into a two-goal lead with five straight goals. Albany's Tim Cox capped the run with an unassisted score two minutes into the fourth.
Drexel finally broke the drought when Jared Boudreau made it a one-goal game. Albany increased the lead to two on a Lyle Thompson goal with 11:06 to play. Despite trailing by two on the road, Drexel's offense began to click again midway through the final period. Raucci found the net with 10:06 left to make it an 11-10 game and then the momentum swung back Drexel's way. Nick Saputo won the face-off clean and walked in to score just nine seconds after Raucci to tie it up at 11-11. Trizano and Miles Thompson traded goals before McIntosh's late fireworks gave the Dragons the win.
Drexel began the second half with three straight goals to take its biggest lead of the game at 8-5. McIntosh started the scoring with an extra-man goal. The Dragons killed off a man-down situation before McIntosh scored again, this time with help from Jordan Cunningham. Raucci made the lead three goals with an unassisted tally at the 9:25 mark before Albany started its five goal run, four of those coming late in the third. Miles Thompson scored the first two, trimming the deficit to one, and then Lyle Thompson set up the next two goals. Ryan Feuerstein tied it with 5:59 to play in the third and then Will Steinberg scored three minutes later to give the Danes the lead at 9-8.
Drexel and Albany played at a much different pace than they did in the early going last year, when the Dragons defeated the Great Danes in Philadelphia by a 20-19 score. The game was scoreless for the first half of period number one before Drexel got on the board first. Shafer set up Nick Trizano at the 6:52 mark. A little more than three minutes later,Ryan Belka scored for the first time this season on an unassisted goal, making it 2-0. That lead didn't last long as the Great Danes scored twice within a span of 23 seconds. Ty Thompson scored at the 2:04 mark and Miles Thompson set up Riley Lasda to tie it.
Albany took its first lead of the game when John Moloney scored two minutes into the second period. Drexel answered less than a minute later when Trizano got his second of the day. Drexel would go ahead 4-3 on a Raucci goal and again at 5-4 when Mason Pynn set up Shafer. Both times, the Great Danes had an answer to tie it. Miles Thompson evened it at 4-4 and Cox tied it just 25 seconds before intermission. The Great Danes outshot Drexel, 24-17, in the opening 30 minutes, but Gabrielsen came up big in the cage for Drexel, stopping 10 shots in the half.
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