Dragons come so close but lose in heartbreaking fashion in a 10-8 loss. The Drexel Dragons (10-3) faced the challenge of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-3). They would come away empty after a thrilling comeback and a historic day from future NLLer, Reid Bowering. Bowering scored four times which not only gave him 30 hat tricks in his Drexel career but also tied him with Jeff Miller for most goals in a Drexel career with 147.
Drexel netminder, Ross Blumenthal turned away 15 Irish shots with seven coming in the final quarter. Wheaton Jackoboice (3g) kicked things off with just :52 played and Notre Dame went up, 1-0. Ryan Genord (1g) picked up his 20th with Bowering scoring :50 later to get the upset-minded Dragons in front, 2-1.
Jackoboice hit for his 16th after Morrison Mirer (2g) knotted it with Will Yorke (1g) adding insurance to put Notre Dame in front 4-2 after one. Pat Kavanagh (2g) picked up his 24th and 25rh pushing it to a 6-2 Irish lead. Bowering cut the lead to 6-3 but Sean Leahey (1g) pushed it back to a four-goal lead with the half closing with the Irish in charge, 7-3.
Within four minutes, Sean Donnelly (1g) and Jack Mulcahy (1g,1a) cut the Irish lead to 7-5. David Lipke (1g) countered but Aidan Coll (1g) and Bowering had a reply to close the third stanza with the Dragons breathing fire, 8-7. With 12:50 to play, Bowering struck again to get it even at 8-8.
Over eleven minutes would elapse before Jackoboice beat Blumenthal to make it a 9-8 Notre Dame lead. With the net empty due to Drexel attempting to force a turnover Mirer provided the backbreaker in the 10-8 contest.
Liam Entenmann stopped 17 Drexel shots. Stats were fairly even with the Irish firing 47 shots (19 in the final stanza) to Drexel’s 42. Notre Dame and Drexel each had 25 shots on goal. The Irish won the face-off battle, 16-15, and had the edge on ground balls. 37-34. Dragons come so close but lose in heartbreaking fashion.