Drexel Dusts Albany with 13-3 Run
from press release
Robert Church's three goals and three assists all came in the second half Saturday in Drexel's 14-7 triumph of Albany.
© Kevin P. Tucker
PHILADELPHIA -- Mark Manos stood tall in goal
for Drexel (1-1) in its first competition at Vidas Field this
season, making 14 saves in a 14-7 victory over Albany (0-1). Robert
Church led the Drexel offense with three goals and three assists,
all in the second half. The Dragons trailed 4-1 in the first
period, but went on to outscore Albany 13-3 for the duration.
While it took the Drexel defense a while to get organized in the first period, and Albany capitalized to go up 3-0 early, once the Dragons settled down Albany saw little action on that end of the field. Manos held the Great Danes off the board for more than 26 minutes, a span that included the entire third quarter. The junior keeper made three sensational saves in the third quarter, allowing Drexel to score three unanswered goals and mount a sizeable 11-5 lead going in to the final stanza.
Drexel outshot Albany 38-26 in the game and won 18 of 23 faceoffs. The Dragons defense held Albany to just two goals in the second half and did not allow the Great Danes to convert a single extra-man opportunity.
After a slow start, the Dragons' offense sprung to life in the final five minutes of the first quarter with Scott Perri, Kyle Bregman, Chris Farquhar each scoring unassisted goals to pull their team back into the game.
Sophomore Nick Trizano evened the game at 4-4 two and a half minutes into the second quarter with an unassisted goal. He would tack on another at the 8:20 mark of the quarter to cap a run of six straight goals by the Dragons and put Drexel on top 7-4.
The Dragons led 8-5 going into the locker room after out-scoring Albany 5-1 in the second quarter thanks, in part to an 8-2 advantage in shots. Drexel won 12 of 14 faceoffs in the half with Devin Thomas doing the bulk of the work from the x. Thomas would finish the contest winning 13-of-16 faceoffs.
Church extinguished any of Albany's comeback hopes when he slammed in three straight goals from the close of the third quarter through the 12:36 mark in the fourth. His final tally, coming on a nice assist from Scott Perri, put Drexel on top 13-5.
Joe Resetarits was Albany's top scorer with three goals and an assist. John Carroll made 10 saves in net for the Great Danes and Edmound Cathers, who played the fourth quarter for Albany, made a pair of stops.
The Dragons return to Vidas Field to host city rival Villanova next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.