Church's Dime Leads Drexel Past St. John's
from press release
QUEENS, N.Y. - Robert Church exploded for a
career-high 10 points as Drexel (8-6) closed the 2011 season with a
14-7 victory at St. John's. The 10 points were the most points
scored in a single game by any player in all of Division I this
season. Scott Perri added four goals and two assists in his final
game as a Dragon.
The Dragons jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and never trailed in the game. Church had three assists in the first quarter, while Perri and Kyle Bergman each scored a pair of goals. One of Bergman's goal was on the man-up and assisted by Brendan Glynn.
Colin Keegan opened the scoring in the second quarter for the Red Storm (4-8) to cut Drexel's lead to two, but the Dragons answered with goals from Perri and Glynn to take a 6-2 lead. Each team added a goal before intermission. Brandon Ayer scored for the Red Storm and Perri had his third of the day for Drexel as the Dragons led, 7-3.
The Red Storm opened the second half with two goals in the first four minutes. Dan Cremins had an unassisted goal and just over a minute later, Mike Sherry was set up by Dillon Ayers to cut the Storm deficit to just two at 7-5. The score remained the same for the next five minutes before the Dragons closed the quarter with a 4-0 run to take control of the game. Church set up Glynn at the 6:38 mark and scored his first goal of the game at 4:49 to put Drexel ahead 9-5. Bergman and Church added goals in the final 30 seconds to increase the lead to six.
Jordan Rothman and Kevin Cernuto beat Drexel keeper Mark Manos in the early going of the fourth quarter as St. John's tried to make a run, cutting the lead to 11-7. However, Church, who scored all five of his goals in the last 20 minutes of the game, scored three times in a span of less than four minutes as the Dragons earned the non-conference road win.
Church's 10 points were the most in a game for a Drexel player since Sean Moloney had 11 points in March of 2002 against Binghamton. He ended the year with 27 goals and had career-highs of 24 assists and 51 points.
Perri ended his senior season with 39 goals and 27 assists for 65 points. He leads the Colonial Athletic Association in each of those categories. He entered the game tied for second in the nation in points per game. Perri finished his career 11th all time in goals at Drexel with 89, 10th in assists with 59 and 12th in points with 148.
Manos finished with 11 saves in goal for Drexel. Freshman Michael Roe won 12 of his 19 face-off attempts. Roe and Devin Thomas won 10 of 13 face-offs in the second half as Drexel controlled possession for most of the half. The Dragons outshot St. John's, 46-33, and had 38 ground balls compared to 31 for the hosts. Jeff Lowman made 11 stops in the cage for the Red Storm. Cernuto had a pair of goals and an assist to lead St. John's offense. Kieran McArdle had two assists.