Drexel Eliminated By 5th Seeded Denver 15 – 6
The Drexel Dragons men’s lacrosse team had momentum. The Dragons won the CAA Tournament and defeated the 4th seeded Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania. They wanted to keep the roll going. For the first three minutes of the game it appeared that would happen. Drexel scored the first two goals of the game on their first two shots. However, they would connect only once on the next ten shots on goal. The Denver Pioneers went on a 10 – 0 run to take a 12 – 3 lead early in the third period, and advanced with a 15 – 6 victory in Newark, DE. Denver moves on to the NCAA Semifinals against Duke.
Drexel got the scoring underway just under a minute into the game when midfielder Ben McIntosh scored. Midfielder Jules Raucci added the second tally two minutes later. The game turned as Denver began winning the face-offs behind the efforts of Chris Hampton. The Pioneers had a 7 – 2 edge in face-offs won after one period, that grew to 11 – 4 at halftime. For the game Denver had 16 face-offs win to 7 for Drexel.
Denver tied the game at 2 before attack Nick Trizano scored his 39th goal of the season as Drexel took a 3 – 2 lead at the 8:50 mark. Pioneer Erik Adamson scored the next two goals giving Denver the lead. Adamson had four goals in the decisive string of scores for the Pioneers. He netted five for the game, 44 for the season.
McIntosh scored twice in the contest. The senior totaled 48 for the year and 100 for his career. Trizano also had two goals giving him 40 for the season. Midfielder Ryan Belka was credited with 3 assists. Goal keeper Will Gabrielsen 24 Denver shots and made 9 saves.
Drexel ends the year with a 13 – 5 record. The Dragons won the CAA for the first time, made their initial NCAA Tournament appearance, and advanced to the quarterfinals. It was the most successful season in program history.
Written By: Glenn Papazian