No. 18 Drexel Tops Towson to Clinch CAA #2 Seed

TOWSON, Md. - Junior Justin Mabus netted his first career hat trick, but Towson (8-5, 2-3 CAA) fell, 13-7, to No. 18 Drexel (9-4, 4-1 CAA) Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium.

With the win, Drexel clinches the No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament. Towson's seeding is still undetermined due to a potential three-way tie for third place between the Tigers, Penn State and UMass. The Minutemen play at Delaware on April 25, and the Nittany Lions host No. 1-seeded Hofstra on April 26. Despite being ineligible for the postseason, PSU does still factor into the standings.

Cole Shafer's five goals led all scorers. Teammate Nick Trizano added a hat trick for Drexel. Junior Greg Cuccinello, junior Ben McCarty, senior Devin Grimaldi and freshman Ryan Drenner each scored a goal for Towson.

"Congratulations to Drexel," said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. "They came out and played a solid game. I thought our guys played with good energy, but we were a little sloppy off the ground and we didn't capitalize on our offensive opportunities."

Mabus scored for the Tigers at 11:52 in the first quarter, but Drexel ran out to a 3-1 lead at 8:10 after a pair of Shafer goals. Towson kept pace, but the Dragons took a 5-4 lead into the half. Drexel used a five-goal third quarter to distance itself from Towson and claim victory.

The Dragons continued to have the hot hand in the third quarter, taking a 9-4 lead at 5:46 on a goal from Ben McIntosh. McCarty scored unassisted at 5:02 for Towson's only goal of the frame. But the Dragons scored the next three to remain ahead for the rest of the way.

Drexel's goalkeeper, Will Gabrielson, made 11 saves, while Towson's Tyler White stopped eight shots.

Towson will close out the regular season with Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson, Md. Cole Shafer tied a career-high with five goals as Drexel broke open a close game with five goals in the third quarter and defeated Towson, 13-7, at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The win gave Drexel the number-two seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Championships, which begins on April 30. The Tigers fell to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in CAA play.

The Dragons scored five of the six goals scored in the third period as they increased their lead to 10-5. Nick Trizano opened the third quarter with a pair of goals, After Trizano's second of the quarter, Nick Saputo won the face-off clean and set up Shafer's fourth goal of the game nine seconds later, putting Drexel ahead, 8-5.

Ben McIntosh added another before the Tigers broke the 4-0 run on a Ben McCarthy score. Shafer was at it again less than a minute after McCarthy's goal, scoring after catching a pass from Ryan Belka. Drexel's lead extended to as many as seven early in the fourth period. Belka and Trizano each scored to put the game out of reach. The Tigers were able to answer with two goals to made it 12-7, but Hank Brown's first of the year closed the scoring and gave Drexel its fifth road win of the year.

Towson cut Drexel's lead to just a goal twice in the second quarter. Towson's Greg Cuccinello scored five minutes into the second period. Drexel's Belka answered with a low bounce shot that found its way past Tyler White, putting Drexel ahead 5-3, at the 5:32 mark. The Tigers made it 5-4 when Mabus scored his second unassisted goal with 2:38 left. The Tigers had the last possession but were unable to score at the end of the second. Drexel outshot the Tigers, 22-14, in the first half.

Towson opened the scoring early when Justin Mabus scored on an unassisted goal. The lead lasted less than two minutes as Drexel rattled off three goals in a span of 2:11. Trizano set up Jared Boudreau to tie the game. Cole Shafer put the Dragons ahead with a nifty move, coming from behind the net and making multiple moves before beating the Towson keeper. It was the first of three first quarter goals for Shafer as the Dragons held a 4-2 lead after a quarter.

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