No. 20 Drexel Races to Lead, Holds off Mount St. Mary's

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 15, 2014) Mount St. Mary's outscored No. 20 Drexel by a 6-4 margin over the final three quarters of Saturday's tilt at Waldron Family Stadium but could not overcome a fast start by the Dragons in a 9-6 home loss. Freshman Mikey Ripa scored the first two goals of his college career for the Mount to go with two tallies from sophomore Bubba Johnson.

The Mount (0-7) trailed Drexel (4-3) by a score of 8-2 with just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter before reeling off four of the game's final five goals to give the nationally-ranked Dragons all they could handle. The Mountaineers outshot Drexel, 41-36, and forced the Dragons into 18 turnovers on the afternoon.

For the Mount, Robert Jones and Matt Yates also found the back of the net on the day, while Ben McIntosh posted a hat trick to lead the Dragons, and Jared Boudreau added two goals.

Drexel dominated the first quarter with goals from five different players for a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes.

The Mount got on the scoreboard at the 10:47 mark of the second quarter when Ripa came from behind the cage to find Johnson cutting toward the net. Johnson's strike to the bottom left corner of the net beat Drexel goalkeeper Will Gabrielsen to cut the deficit to 5-1.

Making it 5-2, it was Johnson again who beat Gabrielsen after carrying the ball from the midfield into the attacking third and firing it into the goal. Drexel would respond less than a minute later to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.

After the Dragons notched the first two goals after the break for an 8-2 edge, Ripa's first career goal on a quick shot off a Mike Fields pass cut the Dragon's lead down to five. Drexel again answered on the other end to put the score at 9-3 with 6:35 left in the third.

With just over two minutes left in the third quarter, Ripa's second goal of the game came off a Kyle McDonough assist as the Mount trailed 9-4 heading into the final quarter.

On an extra man opportunity, the Mount worked the ball around until Bryden Pelletier found a wide open Jones, who fired a shot to the back of the net with a defender in his face to cut the Mount's deficit to just four at 9-5 with 11:48 remaining. Yates scored the Mount's final goal on the day with 2:37 left.

In net for the Mountaineers, Chris Klaiber turned away 13 shots, including five in the opening quarter, while Gabrielsen made nine saves in 57:26 of work for Drexel. Cal Winkelman played the other 2:34 for the Dragons with one save.

Defensively, senior captain Brett Shukri posted a team-best four ground balls and tied for the team lead with two caused turnovers for the Mount. Drexel's Nick Saputo won 15 of 19 face-offs and corralled a game-high 13 ground balls.

The Mount will host UMBC on Saturday, March 22, at Waldron Family Stadium at noon.


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