No. 14 Drexel Opens Strong, Downs Bryant, Moves to 4-1

SMITHFIELD, R.I. Bryant spotted No. 14 Drexel a six-goal advantage to open the game and would never make up the difference Saturday afternoon on the road, falling to the nationally ranked Dragons, 11-5, in Philadelphia.

The Bulldogs (0-5) saw their five goals come from three sources, including the first hat trick of the season from junior Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, Conn.), and cut the Dragons' (4-1) lead in half, 6-3, midway through the third quarter, but Drexel would go on another five-score run late to put the game out of reach.

Drexel's 6-0 start was bookended by goals from Ben McIntosh and took the clock nearly to halftime before an unassisted Dunster score put the Black and Gold on the board with 11 seconds to play in the second quarter.

Dunster made it 6-2 just 21 seconds into the third period, netting a man-up goal off a pass from classmate Alex Zomerfeld (Port Jefferson, N.Y.), and Bryant would score its third straight at the 5:09 mark with a tally from senior captain Peter McMahon (Wilton, Conn.).

But a Matt MacGrotty (New Westminster, British Columbia) penalty a minute later would cost the visitors their momentum and allow Robert Church to complete his hat trick on the man advantage for a 7-3 margin, and Frank Fusco got on the scoreboard for the second time with 1:51 to go in the third off a pass from Ryan Belka.

Drexel would turn the goals into a five-score run through the opening 5:32 of the fourth to take an 11-3 lead, and while the Bulldogs would score two unanswered goals to close out the contest a Zomerfeld score with 4:33 remaining and another man-up goal from Dunster with 28 ticks to go Bryant would ultimately fall to its third ranked opponent of the season, 11-5.

Bryant took just a single shot more than its host, 44-43, on the day and picked up 29 ground balls to Drexel's 27. The teams split the faceoffs, with each side going 10 for 20 on the day, but the Black and Gold converted just a pair out of six man-up opportunities.

Drexel goalie Cal Winkelman made 15 saves in the win and picked up a game-best nine ground balls, while Bryant netminder Gunnar Waldt (Freeland, Md.) made 10 saves in three frames after relieving rookie starter Tom Carey (New Canaan, Conn.), who took the loss.

The Bulldogs return to Smithfield for their next contest and will host Albany at the Bryant Turf Complex Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m.


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