February 25, 2012

Church Scores Five as Visiting Drexel Beats Albany

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. - Robert Church scored a game-high five goals to lead Drexel to a 13-8 win over UAlbany in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. With the loss, the Great Danes fall to 0-2 on the season, while Drexel improves to 1-1.

Church kicked off the scoring for the Dragons just over three minutes into play, getting an assist from Kyle Bergman. Bergman then tallied the second goal for Drexel with 7:02 left to play with an unassisted shot past UAlbany goalkeeper John Carroll. Matt Cushing won the ensuing face off for UAlbany, and freshman Lyle Thompson got the Great Danes on the board seven seconds later. Church assisted on Drexel's next goal by Ryan Belka with 2:24 to go, but UAlbany scored the last two tallies of the first period, getting markers by Miles Thompson and Joe Resetarits.

The third Thompson on the UAlbany roster, Ty, got in on the scoring action to start the second quarter, taking an assist from Lyle to give the Great Danes their first lead of the game with 10:03 to play. However, Church and Bergman combined for the next two goals to put Drexel back on top, 5-4, with 3:53 on the clock in the first half. Ty Thompson found the back of the net at 2:43 to tie the score for the third time, but Church's third goal and a man-up tally by Brendan Glynn sent Drexel into halftime with a 6-5 advantage.

The Dragons took a two-goal lead to start the third with an unassisted shot by Brian Teuber. Resetarits completed his hat trick with UAlbany's next two goals, pulling UAlbany back within one, 8-7. Church finished once again for Drexel to end the third quarter, giving the Dragons back their two-goal advantage.

Drexel scored the first three goals of the final quarter to put some distance on the scoreboard. Miles Thompson took an assist from Resetarits at 2:49 to pull within 12-8, but despite a two-minute unreleasable penalty on Drexel, the Great Danes could not connect on several late shots. Bergman scored the final goal of the game with under a minute to go to set the final score.

UAlbany out-shot Drexel, 37-30, including a 12-3 advantage in the third quarter. The Great Danes also held a 32-26 advantage in groundballs. The Dragons won one more face off than the Great Danes, 13-12, and went 1-of-3 on extra-man opportunities, while UAlbany was 0-for-4 with the man-up unit. Carroll made four saves between the pipes for UAlbany, while Drexel's Mark Manos proved to be the difference in the net for the Dragons, stopping 14 of UAlbany's shots on goal.

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