No. 14 Drexel Routs Cross-City Rival Saint Joseph's

Philadelphia, Pa. Drexel scored the first 14 of the game and went on to a convincing, 16-3 win against Saint Joseph's at Vidas Field. The 14th-ranked Dragons improved to 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play and 7-2 overall. The Hawks are now 4-6 and 0-2 in CAA play.

Ben McIntosh scored two minutes into the game to get the offense started. Six seconds later, the Dragons made it 2-0 when Nick Saputo won the face-off cleanly and set up Robert Church for a transition goal. Freshman Hank Brown extended the lead when he scored his first career goal at the 7:04 mark. Fellow freshman Jules Raucci closed the scoring in the first quarter with his first career goal with 4:23 remaining.

Drexel picked up three more goals in the second quarter, all by freshmen. Frank Fusco converted a Andrew Vivian feed for his first of the day at the 9:50 mark. The game remained 5-0 until the final two minutes of the half, when Fusco and Brown each scored, giving Drexel a seven-goal lead at intermission.

Drexel's offense continued to click in the second half as the Dragons scored seven times before Saint Joseph's was able to get on the board. The Hawks finally found the net when Michael Dougherty scored an unassisted goal just under three minutes into the final quarter.

Pat Swanick would add the final two goals for the Hawks, sandwiched around Drexel goals by de Mitch Snoo and Kris Franklin. de Snoo recorded his first career hat trick with his first three goals of the year all coming in the second half. Nine different Dragons had at least a goal. Fusco had his second hat trick of the season, while McIntosh, Church and Brown each finished with two goals. McIntosh, who now has a team-high 22 goals, also handed out two assists.

Cal Winkelman played the first three quarters in the cage and did not allow a goal. He made nine saves before Dan Rogers replaced him. Dustin Keen played the first three quarters for the Hawks before Chris Moffa replaced him in goal. Both players made five saves.

The Dragons outshot Saint Joseph's, 45-30, and won 13 of the 21 face-offs in the game. Saputo was 8 for 11 and had a team-high seven ground balls.

Drexel is back at home on Saturday afternoon against Delaware. The Dragons and Blue Hens face-off at 1:00 p.m. at Vidas Field.

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PHILADELPHIA - Despite registering three of the game's final five goals, Saint Joseph's fell to cross-city rival #14 Drexel, 16-3, in CAA action on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Drexel (7-2, 2-0 CAA) scored the first 14 goals of the game to give the Dragons a commanding 14-0 lead early into the fourth period.

Saint Joseph's got on the board as sophomore midfielder Michael Dougherty (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep) recorded his ninth goal of the season just three minutes into the final quarter and freshman attack Pat Swanick (Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) netted a goal of his own with 8:21 remaining in regulation to close the deficit, 14-2.

The Dragons would tack on two more goals (3:43, 2:47) before Swanick took advantage of an extra-man opportunity to tally the final goal of the game with just :09 left.

Swanick led the Hawks on the offensive end with his two-goal effort. Defensively, junior midfielder Will Abbott (Chevy Chase, Md./Bullis School) picked up a team-high three ground balls and went 6 of 15 (.400) from the face-off. Sophomore defender Will Farrell (Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) picked up two ground balls and caused a game-high four turnovers for the Hawks.

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2013-03-27



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