Drexel Drops Heartbreaker, 14-13

Albany Great Danes (1-1) welcomed the Drexel Dragons (0-2) for a DI match up Saturday in Albany.

A well played back and forth affair saw Albany score the game willer with just :11 remaining in the game.

The Danes hammered a shot off the post with just over a minute remaining to get a shot clock reset that set up the game winner when Tehoka Nanticoke set up Ron John who buried a shot behind Drexel
 netminder, Ross Blumenthal.

Neither team ever had more than a two goal lead the whole afternoon.

Nanticoke (4g,2a) opened the scoring when he converted a feed from Corey Yunker just twenty six seconds into the game and Albany was in front.

Ryan Genord (5g) started a career day with his first of his collegiate career high of five goals to get it knotted at 1-1.

A little over three minutes later, Genord hit rope again to boost Drexel to a 2-1 edge.

Albany answered with a pair of their own supplied by Nanticoke with a pretty pass that Tanner Hay (1g) converted and Nanticoke doing the honors himself.

It was becoming Nanticoke vs. Genord as the latter nailed his first quarter hat trick before Colin Mailman (2g) brought an end to exciting first with Drexel up, 4-3.

Corey Yunker (3g,3a) scored an unassisted goal to get it to 4-4 at the 11:02 mark.

It was time for another two goal spurt for Drexel with Matt Varian (1g,2a) and Aidan Coll (3g,1a) notching goals 2:24 apart and Drexel grabbed a two goal advantage, 6-4.

The Danes caught their second wind and Kyle Casey (3g,1a), Yunker and Off a nice pass from Yunker, Ron John (2g,2a) enabled Albany to leap frog the Dragons lead, 7-6.

Genord went back into action with a power move with 1:21 remaining and that would be all the scoring with the curtain coming down on the half with a 7-7 score.

Nanticoke welcomed the second half off a feed from Yunker just 1::09 in but Coll countered just twenty eight seconds later to make it 8-8.

The back and forth continued with Albany seizing a two goal lead with Yunker scoring at 9:27 and Jakob Patterson (1g,2a) adding his only goal of the day 1:04 later.

It took all of fifteen seconds for Jack Mulcahy (1g) to cut the lead in half but, Nanticoke struck again to put the two goal edge back in place.

Varian hit Coll who would complete his first Collegiate hat trick to end the third with the Danes holding an 11-10 lead.

Mailman and Nick Fox (1g) changed the lead to the Dragons favor before Kyle Casey took it… where else? To a tie again.

Genord and Casey exchanged tallies to set the stage for the dramatic finish.

Dis and Dat: Albany held Drexel’s two big goal scorers, Matt Varian and Reid Bowering to a combined 1 goal and 4 assists.

Bowering was only able to muster two helpers which ended his goal scoring streak at 27 games.

The Dragons had the edge in shots, 46-38, loose balls, 50-38 and face offs at 17-15.

Drexel opens their home schedule with a pair of games this week. 

Tuesday they welcome Robert Morris for a 4 pm start and Saturday Vs. Marquette at Vidas Field.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.