Drexel's Offense Overwhelms St. Joseph's
from press release
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Drexel scored the first 14 of the game and went on to a convincing, 16-3 win against Saint Joseph's at Vidas Field. The 14th-ranked Dragons improved to 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play and 7-2 overall. The Hawks are now 4-6 and 0-2 in CAA play.
Ben McIntosh scored two minutes into the game to get the offense started. Six seconds later, the Dragons made it 2-0 when Nick Saputo won the face-off cleanly and set up Robert Church for a transition goal. Freshman Hank Brown extended the lead when he scored his first career goal at the 7:04 mark. Fellow freshman Jules Raucci closed the scoring in the first quarter with his first career goal with 4:23 remaining.
Drexel picked up three more goals in the second quarter, all by freshmen. Frank Fusco converted a Andrew Vivian feed for his first of the day at the 9:50 mark. The game remained 5-0 until the final two minutes of the half, when Fusco and Brown each scored, giving Drexel a seven-goal lead at intermission.
Drexel's offense continued to click in the second half as the Dragons scored seven times before Saint Joseph's was able to get on the board. The Hawks finally found the net when Michael Dougherty scored an unassisted goal just under three minutes into the final quarter. Pat Swanick would add the final two goals for the Hawks, sandwiched around Drexel goals by de Mitch Snoo and Kris Franklin. de Snoo recorded his first career hat trick with his first three goals of the year all coming in the second half. Nine different Dragons had at least a goal. Fusco had his second hat trick of the season, while McIntosh, Church and Brown each finished with two goals. McIntosh, who now has a team-high 22 goals, also handed out two assists.
Cal Winkelman played the first three quarters in the cage and did not allow a goal. He made nine saves before Dan Rogers replaced him. Dustin Keen played the first three quarters for the Hawks before Chris Moffa replaced him in goal. Both players made five saves.
The Dragons outshot Saint Joseph's, 45-30, and won 13 of the 21 face-offs in the game. Saputo was 8-for-11 and had a team-high seven ground balls.
Drexel is back at home on Saturday afternoon against Delaware. The Dragons and Blue Hens face-off at 1 p.m. at Vidas Field.
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