Drexel Beats Towson to Secure CAA Berth
from staff reports
TOWSON, Md. – Drexel's offense scored seven of the game's eight goals in the second half as the Dragons defeated Towson, 13-5. The win clinched a spot in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association tournament as the Dragons improved to 4-2 in CAA play. The game started almost an hour later than scheduled due to inclement weather.
The Dragons (6-7) had five players score at least two goals as they turned a 6-4 halftime lead into a one-sided affair. Brendan Glynn and Towson's (7-6, 2-3) Andrew Hodgson traded goals in the early going of the second half to make it 7-5. That goal by Hodgson at the 8:13 mark turned out to be the final goal of the day for the Tigers. Drexel ended the game with six unanswered goals. Kyle Bergman scored two in the run for the Dragons, while Ryan Belka, Glynn, Aaron Prosser and Jared Boudreau had the others.
Drexel led 2-1 at the end of the first period and jumped out to a four-goal lead midway through the second quarter. Brendan Glynn and Aaron Prosser scored first quarter goals for the Dragons sandwiched around a goal from Matt Lamon. Drexel outshot the Tigers, 11-5, in the first 15 minutes, but Andrew Wascavage made eight saves in the quarter. Drexel's offense kept the pressure on in the early going in the second quarter and had goals from Robert Church, Ryan Belka and Ben McIntosh to take a 5-1 lead. Towson's Sean Maguire and Church traded goals to make it 6-2 with under seven minutes left in the half. However, the four-goal lead was quickly cut in half as the Tigers scored twice within five seconds. Carl Iacona scored the first of the two goals, and after the Tigers won the face-off, Luke Pellizzi set up Lamon for his second of the night to make it 6-4 with 5:30 remaining in the half. Towson had its chances to get even closer as it went on the man-up twice in the final five minutes of intermission. Jason Klunder was called for a technical and then earned another when he left the box early according to the referees. The Dragons man-down unit killed off both penalties and the Dragons took a two-goal lead to the locker room.
Bergman and Church each had two goals and two assists for Drexel. Church is now tied for 14th all-time at Drexel with 80 career goals. Glynn recorded his second hat trick of the season. The Dragons tied their top scoring game of the season with the 13 goals and could have had more if it wasn't for Wascavage. The junior made a career-best 21 stops in the game.
The Dragons close the regular season on Saturday when St. John's visits Vidas Field. It will be Senior Day for Coach Voelker's squad and Drexel's nine seniors will be recognized prior to the contest.