Drexel Downs High Point to Close Regular Season
from press release
PHILADELPHIA — Ben McIntosh scored four goals and had two assists and Robert Church added three more as Drexel defeated High Point, 14-8, on Senior Day at Vidas Field. The Dragons closed the regular season with their ninth straight win at home and are now 11-3 overall.
High Point (3-12) got on the board first just over two minutes into the game when Adam Seal scored an unassisted goal. Drexel would score the next three goals and seven of the next eight to take the lead for good. Church scored all three of his goals during the stretch. Ryan Belka added two more, while Frank Fusco and McIntosh also found the net as Drexel went ahead 7-2 with 7:19 left in the half. The Panthers closed the first half scoring when Michael Messenger trimmed the deficit to four at halftime.
High Point tried to keep the game close by scoring the first two goals of the second half. Matt Thistle set up Dan Lomas at the 9:20 mark of the third and five minutes later, the Pioneers made it 7-5 on a Mitchell Dupere score. Drexel answered with a 6-0 scoring run over the next nine minutes. Aaron Prosser was slashed as he went to the cage. He scored despite the penalty and the Dragons then went on the man-up, where McIntosh scored just 14 seconds later. Drexel added a Nick Trizano unassisted tally with eight seconds remaining in the third to make it 10-5. Early in the fourth quarter, Drexel put the game away as McIntosh scored twice with a Fusco score sandwiched in the middle as the Dragons extended the lead to 13-5. High Point was able to score three times in the last six minutes of the game as Drexel emptied the bench in the closing minutes of the game.
McIntosh had one of the best regular seasons of any midfielder in recent Drexel history. The junior from Coquitlam, British Columbia scored 36 goals and had 54 points. Church's 18th career hat trick in his final home appearance gave him 30 goals on the season. He had four points, which gives him 52 on the season, and is now fourth on the Drexel career scoring list with 189 points. McIntosh and Church became the first Drexel teammates to reach the 50-point plateau in one season in more than 20 years at the school.
Drexel had its highest total of shots this season, firing 56 at the Panthers' keepers. The Dragons also won 17 of 26 face-offs. Nick Saputo had another solid day on draws, winning 14 of his 22 attempts. The sophomore also had a game-high 10 ground balls. Fusco and Belka each had two goals and an assist for DU. Cal Winkelman made seven saves and allowed just five goals in 48 minutes.
Messenger led High Point with three goals. Brad James had a goal and two assists, while Lomas added a pair of goals and Thistle had two assists. Anthony Porchetta made 17 stops in the cage for High Point before being replaced by Matt Siegmund in the last three minutes.
Drexel begins play in the Colonial Athletic Association championships on Wednesday. The second-seeded Dragons will play Towson, the third seed, in the CAA semifinals at 5:30 p.m. at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are the top seed and will host the tournament. They will play either Hofstra or UMass.
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