Ambler, Manos Lead Drexel Over Penn State
from press release
PHILADELPHIA – Colin Ambler scored four
first-half goals and Mark Manos made 16 saves as Drexel defeated
Penn State, 12-7, in a Colonial Athletic Association game. The
Dragons improved to 9-2 overall and stayed undefeated in CAA play
at 2-0. Penn State fell to 0-2 in league play and 1-9 overall.
Penn State opened the scoring at the 11:51 mark when Kyle Van Thof beat Mark Manos. It was the only lead of the game for the Nittany Lions. Drexel answered with three goals in a span of 59 seconds. Kevin Stockel took a pass from Nick Trizano to tie the game at 10:39. Colin Ambler then scored a pair of goals in a nine-second span to put Drexel up, 3-1.
Matthew Mackrides scored a pair of goals sandwiched another and Ambler goal as the Nittany Lions trimmed the lead to 4-3. The Dragons ended the quarter with two more goals, one by Dan Layfield and another by Adam Dennis, to take a 6-3 lead after one quarters.
The game tightened up defensively after the first 15 minutes. Drexel was able to score two more goals in the half (Ambler and Stockel) and allowed just one when Van Thof scored his second of the game. Manos came up big in the second quarter, recording seven of his 16 saves in the period, as Drexel led 8-4 at intermission.
Freshman Robert Church opened the scoring in the second half for Drexel, but Penn State answered on a Billy Gribbin goal. Penn State wasn’t able to get any closer than four goals the rest of the way.
Ambler’s four goals gives him 82 in his career at Drexel. He moved into 11th place on the school’s career goals list, passing former teammate Andrew Chapman. Stockel finished with two goals and an assist, while Adam Dennis also had three points. Church, last week’s CAA Player of the Week, scored twice and now has 26 on the season. Van Thof and Mackrides each scored twice for the Nittany Lions. Dave Baker made 11 stops in the cage.
Drexel plays its next two games on the road. The Dragons visit Towson on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Both teams will enter that game with perfect 2-0 CAA records. On April 24, Drexel travels to Delaware to face the Blue Hens at 7 p.m. Drexel closes the regular season on May 1 with a home contest against UMass.
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