March 21, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
Last season, Drexel came to College Hill and jumped out to a 3-0 lead as it coasted to a 13-6 win. This year, the Dragons led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter. However, Lafayette battled back and held strong in a very competitive game, tying the game at six before falling 11-9 in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.
Drexel controlled the entire first 15 minutes of the contest, scoring four even-strength goals to take a 4-0 advantage.
Immediately following the start of the second quarter, Lafayette decided to make its run. Just 18 seconds into the second frame, junior Matt Mersky used a Stefan Bauer assist to tally a man-advantage goal and get the Leopards on the board.
Just over a minute later, Lafayette continued its momentum when senior John Galassi took a pass from Brett Djaha to find the back of the net and pull the Leopards back within two (4-2).
The 3-0 Leopard run was capped off at the 12:13 mark when sophomore Tom Perini notched his first goal of the game, using an assist from senior defenseman Matt Mozer to pull Lafayette back within two (4-2). The assist was the first of Mozer's stellar defensive career.
Drexel stretched its advantage back to three off two unassisted goals, the latter coming with 7:42 remaining until halftime.
From that point on, the Leopard defense held the Dragons scoreless until intermission. Meanwhile, the Lafayette offense tallied ended the half on a strong note, as a Ryan Hansen unassisted tally made the score 6-4 heading into halftime.
The 10-minute intermission didn't slow down the Leopards, as they took control of the first five minutes of the second half, scoring two even strength goals to tie the game at six.
Bauer and Mersky teamed up again, this time with Mersky feeding Bauer at the 12:21 mark to make it 6-5. Three minutes later, Perini notched his second goal of the day, taking a pass from Hansen to find the back of the net.
In a see-saw contest, the Dragons awakened and responded with three goals of their own , ending the run with 1:56 remaining in the quarter to lead 9-6.
Trailing by three, Perini answered off a Bauer assist to make the Drexel advantage 9-7 going into the final 15 minutes of play.
The teams traded goals in the final quarter, as Lafayette held strong but never got closer than two goals. After Colin Ambler gave the Dragons a 10-7 lead, Tyler Silvey found Perini for his final goal of the day.
Another Dragon tally was answered by a Kevin Dunbar goal off a Greg Allis assist with 2:43 remaining, but turned out to be the final tally of the afternoon, as Drexel grabbed a 11-9 non-conference victory.
Senior goalkeeper Jeff Canfield racked up 10 saves on the afternoon. The shots were even at 33 apiece. Drexel held a 32-23 advantage in ground balls and a slim 13-10 lead in face-offs.
The Leopards were 2-for-5 on man-advantage opportunities.
Lafayette returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on Mount St. Mary's in another non-conference game. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
- Perini scored four goals for the second consecutive game. He is currently ranked fourth in goals per game in the latest NCAA statistics.
- Bauer added two more assists to his season total. The sophomore is 21st in the country in assists per game. Lafayette assisted on eight of its nine goals from seven different players against Drexel.