Drexel Rallies in Fourth to Beat Villanova
from press release
PHILADELPHIA - Drexel scored four straight
goals to end the game on its way to a 12-10 come from behind
victory against Villanova on a cold and rainy night at Vidas Field.
Villanova led for the entire way until Frank Fusco tied it with
4:44 to play and Ben McIntosh gave Drexel the lead for good with
Villanova (0-2) held a three-goal lead after Kevin O'Neil set up Jack Rice late in the third period to make the score 9-6. Drexel started its comeback just minutes later when Nick Trizano fed Aaron Prosser from behind the net with just :13 left in the third. The Dragons trimmed the lead to one when Ryan Belka set up Ben McIntosh early in the fourth period. Nova answered when Max Hart scored his second goal of the contest with 11:18 to play to make it 10-8 in favor of Villanova. That would be Villanova's last goal of the game as Drexel goalkeeper Will Gabrielsen kept the 'Cats off the board the rest of the way. Belka scored an extra-man goal from McIntosh with 5:39 left. The Dragons tied it less than a minute later when Fusco came from behind the net and scooped a shot past Greg Stamatov. As the rain continued to fall, Drexel gained possession and McIntosh scored what proved to be the game-winner by firing a shot into the top corner. The Dragons held off Villanova's last possession and finished the scoring when Fusco threw the ball from midfield to Belka who was standing alone in front of Stamatov. He deeked the keeper for his third goal of the game and Drexel snatched the win from its city rival.
For the second straight game, the Drexel offense came alive in the second half. After trailing 6-3 at half, the Dragons scored nine goals in the second half after having 15 in the final 30 minutes it their win against Albany over the weekend. Robert Church, Nick Trizano, McIntosh and Aaron Prosser had goals in the third period, but the Dragons only cut the lead by a goal as Hart, Doherty and Jack Rice had tallies for Villanova.
The Dragons were forced to dig their way out of a hole early as Villanova scored two goals in the first five minutes, one by Nick Doherty and the other by John Kluh. Ryan Belka got the Dragons on the board late in the period before the 'Cats increased their lead to three goals when Jack Curran scored a pair of unassisted goals just six seconds apart. Fusco stopped the run with an unassisted score with 1:43 left in the opening period. In the second, Trizano sandwiched a goal around Rice and John Kluh scores as Villanvoa had a 6-3 lead at the break.
Belka and McIntosh each had three goals and two assists in the win. Trizano and Fusco finished with two goals and an assist. Rice, Hat, Curran, Doherty and Kluh each scored twice for Villanova.
Gabrielson had 12 saves in goal for the Dragons, while Stamatov turned aside seven Drexel shots. The Dragons were able to come away with the win despite Villanova's dominance on face-offs. Thomas Croonquist won 19 draws, including the first 17 of the game. Drexel was able to win four of six in the final quarter, which was a key in its comeback.
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