February 25, 2014

Villanova Rallies Past No. 15 Drexel in Overtime

from press release

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova rallied from a two-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime and defeated Drexel, 11-10. Austin Frederick fired a shot past Will Gabrielsen with just 54 seconds left in the extra period to give the Wildcats the win.

Drexel had its chances in overtime, forcing a turnover, and then getting a man advantage after a Villanova penalty for an offside. The Dragons were able to get three shots in the extra session, but could not score. Drexel was just 2-for-8 with a man-up on the night.

Ben McIntosh scored a pair of goals midway through the fourth quarter to break an 8-8 tie. Nick Trizano fed McIntosh who fired a shot past Dan Willis to put Drexel ahead, 9-8, with 8:44 left in regulation. Just over a minute later, McIntosh was at it again, this time set up by Cole Shafer. Villanova was able to cut the lead back to just one on an Eric Gartner goal. The 'Cats had a golden opportunity to tie, but Christian Bennardo was turned away by Gabrielsen on the doorstep with four minutes left, keeping the Dragons ahead by a goal. The excitement on the Drexel sidelined was tempered with just over a minute left when Gartner tied the game at 10-10. The junior almost ended it in regulation, but his shot from close in with just two seconds remaining hit the post.

Drexel began the game by scoring three straight goals. Jared Boudreau got the Dragons on the board less than two minutes in on an unassisted goal. Two minutes later Cole Shafer set up Nick Trizano to make it 2-0. Despite struggling on face-offs in the early going, the Dragons were able to take a three-goal lead when Frank Fusco came on to the field for the first time, and had a goal about 10 seconds later. The 3-0 lead evaporated quickly as the Wildcats scored three straight unassisted goals of their own to tie it. Johnny Galloway started the run at the 6:40 mark. Christian Kolderup and Kurtis Naslonski followed to even the game at 3-3. However, the Dragons had a productive last minute, scoring twice to take a two-goal lead. Jules Raucci broke the tie with 33 seconds left, and then with just seven ticks left on the clock, Shafer scored his only goal of the game making it 5-3. The pace settled in the second quarter. After eight scores in the first 15 minutes, Villanova's Kevin O'Neil would score the only goal of the second period. His tally at the 4:24 made it 5-4, and that is how the game would remain until intermission.

Gabrielsen had an outstanding game in the cage despite the loss for the Dragons. The sophomore finished with 16 saves, 10 of those coming in the first half. Villanova outshot the Dragons, 57-34, and had 25 of those shots in the first quarter, when Gabrielsen made eight saves. Shafer led the Drexel offense with three points.

O'Neil had three goals for Villanova, while Gartner and Frederick each scored twice. Willis also had a good night in the cage turning aside 15 Drexel shots.

The Dragons return to Vidas Field on Saturday afternoon. Drexel will host Robert Morris at 1 p.m.

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