The Drexel Dragons (1-2) invited the Robert Morris Colonials (1-2) to Vidas Field for the 2020 Home Opener for the Dragons. Stinging from a heartbreaking loss to Albany on Saturday, the Dragons took their frustrations out on the Colonials. Fogo, Jimmeh Koita enjoyed his best day by going 24 of 32 and scooping 15 loose balls.
Koita’s dominance signaled doom for RMU as the visitors hardly had the ball in the first quarter due to Koita going 6 of 7 and helped jumpstart a Drexel five-goal run off tallies from Colin Mailman (3g,2a), a pair from Aidan Koll (3g), Reid Bowering (5g) all three set up by Matt Varian before Christmas McLallen (1g) and with 9:00 played, it was all Drexel.
The Colonials finally got their legs and attempted a comeback with Carson Kealey (1g, 1a) scoring a pretty unassisted man-advantage goal that was followed a minute later by Brandon Sulhoff (3g) and the opening quarter came to a close with the home team digging in with a 5-2 lead.
Drexel blew the game wide open with a nine-goal second. Mailman, then Mailman with a beautiful feed that Ryan Genord (3g) buried and Matt Varian hitting Bowering who buried a cannon shot and in just 2:04, Drexel built an 8-2 lead. The run was squashed by Kealey feeding Austin Popovich for another man up RMU score. Blake Lori (1a) bit Sulhoff in stride and it went to an 8-4 score.
Bowering and Charles Dumas (2g) countered before Elliot Holden had an answer to make it 10-5. Matt Varian (1g, 6a) went back to work when he stole the goal from Colonials netminder, Ben Savick and had an easy slam dunk. Varian then found Bowering for another extra-man marker with just :44 left in the half.
The dagger that all but finished off the visitors was two more goals with twenty-six seconds on the clock from Jack Mulcahy (1g 1a) and just nine seconds later, Bowering nailed his fifth of the half and the curtain came down with the Dragons snarling, 14-5.
Ryan Smith (1g,3a) stopped the uprising on another, yes, a man-up goal. Mailman, Genord and Luke Hurley (1g) countered for Drexel to make it an 11 point DU lead at 17-6. Not showing any quit, Robert Morris fired back on a Sulhoff goal followed another from Elliot Holden just nine seconds later. Genord and Shawn Vines (1g) who won the faceoff and took it to the house exchanged scores and we had three quarters in the books and Drexel holding the lead at 18-9.
The Dragons went onto run the clock mode and Head Coach, Brian Voelker continued to clear his bench. Despite that, Kyle Worsley and five others played pass the ball around before Nick Fox (1g) buried another man-up the tally for the home team.
Jake Boudreau answered to put Robert Morris in double digits with 2:01 played. At 8:57 Coll scored again before Fogo, Anthony Rosato won the draw and took it to the house for his first collegiate goal that made it 21–10.
Brad McCulley (1g) and Charles Dumas exchanged extra-man goals before Boudreau tallied for the final RMU goal on the day. Drexel was not quite finished and goals from Max Spaan (1g) and one final man-up goal from Sean Valentino (1g) ended the proceedings.
Dis and Dat:
- The 24 goals are the all-time for goals in a game in the CAA.
- Bowering, held without a goal against Albany, registered his 23rd NCAA hat trick.
- Varian set a personal record with his six assist game.
- In total, there were 21 different players who notched goals with Drexel having 13.
- Shots went in the Drexel column, 57-46.
- Shots on Goal also favored the Dragons at 36-29.
- Drexel owned the loose ball battle, 49-35 and dominated on faceoffs, 26-14.
- The extra chances were at the forefront with the home team nailing 4 of 7 while Robert Morris posted 4 for 6.
- Drexel stays at home to challenge Marquette on Saturday, February 29.