March 19, 2011

Nine-Goal Run More Than Enough for Drexel

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – Drexel scored nine straight goals over a span of more than 19 minutes in the first half and defeated Mount St. Mary's, 15-9. Robert Church scored four goals and Scott Perri had five points as the Dragons (4-3) had their best offensive performance of the year and won for the third straight time.

Mount St. Mary's (2-3) got on the board first and led 2-1 as Cody Lehrer had two of his four goals in the first six minutes of the game. That was all the Drexel defense would give up until the final minute of the half. The Dragons broke the 2-2 tie with two extra man goals after the Mount's Brett Schmidt was called for an illegal body check to the head. It was an unreleasable penalty. Drexel took advantage of the penalty when Brendan Glynn set up Nick Trizano with the goal that put Drexel up for good. Just 27 seconds later, Church took a nice pass from Chris Farquhar to give the Dragons a two-goal cushion. Three of Drexel's first four goals came on the man-up.

The Drexel offense exploded in the second, scoring six straight goals to take control of the contest. Perri, Glynn, Dan Layfield, Ben McIntosh, Church and Perri found the net to put Drexel ahead 10-2. The Mount finally broke the nine-goal run when Lehrer scored with 51 second remaining in the half. Drexel outshot the Mount, 13-4, in the second period and won six of eight face-offs in the quarter.

Drexel's lead increased to nine goals in the third quarter. Church scored his fourth of the game midway through the period and Kyle Bergman scored his second as the Dragons went up, 12-3. The Mount's Bryant Schmidt closed the scoring in the third period

The Mount's Mark Burns sandwiched a goal around a pair of Drexel goals by Nick Trizano and Perri as Drexel's lead was 14-5 with 9:38 to play in the game. Mount St. Mary's tried to make it a game down the stretch and scored four goals in the last 10 minutes of the game, including a man-down goal by Brett Schmidt.

Perri, the reigning CAA Player of the Week, finished with three goals and two assists for Drexel. Church scored four times as Drexel scored a season-best 15 times. Bergman, Trizano and McIntosh each had a pair of goals, while Craig Owen set up two more for the Dragons. Lehrer scored four of the Mount's nine goals. Bryant and Brett Schmidt each finished with three points in a losing cause.

The Dragons outshot the visitors, 41-25, and finished with four man-up goals. Drexel had a 15-13 edge on face-offs, and closed the game by winning 13 of the final 21 draws. Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 16 saves. Drexel keeper Mark Manos finished with eight saves. The Dragons host Drexel hosts Lafayette in a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon at Vidas Field at 4 p.m.

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