Drexel Drops to 4-4

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of The Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Drexel Dragons (4-4) ventured to Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, PA to take on the 4-4 Robert Morris Colonials in a Non-Conference match-up.

Despite a seven goal eight point game from Max Semple, Drexel fell short, 15-14.

First Quarter

A quick goal exchange between the Colonials Eric Swagerty (3g) at 13:47 with Max Semple (7 g, 1a) for Drexel at 13:05 kicked off the festivities.

Aidan Coll (2g,1a) and Semple boosted the Dragons to a 3-1 edge with nearly ten minutes to play.

Two minutes later, Carson Kealey (6g) cut the lead in half at 3-2.

Semple and Swagerty exchanged markers to close the first quarter with Drexel in front, 4-3.

Onward

The quarter was scoreless until Kealey netted his 20th with help from Jake Boudreau at 5:17.

Boudreau (2g,2a) turned goal maker when he converted a sweet feed from Ben Starkey (1a) to give RMU the 5-4 lead.

Sean Donnelly (2g,1a) hit his 16th with help from Ryan Genord (2a) to even the score at 4:21.

The Colonials seized a two goal lead courtesy of Kealey (22nd) and Dan Taddeo (1g,3a) at 2:05 that would end the half with Robert Morris in front, 7-5.

To the Third

The fireworks were about to begin.

Fifty four seconds in, Boudreau made it a three goal lead.

Kealey made it four at 10:57 before Semple stepped up followed by Coll and 6:57 and Semple again just :42 later and we were at a 9-8 Colonials advantage.

Taggart Clark (2g, 1a) stopped the run but, Zac Augustine (1g,1a) had a quick response for the Dragons.

With just :03 to play, Clark ended the third with his 26th with help from Taddeo and the clubs would go to the Fourth with an 11-9 Robert Morris lead.

Who Wants it More?

It took :59 for Kealey to snag his 24th. Drexel’s Casey Waller (1g) kept the lead at two, 12-10.

Just fifty seconds later, Swagerty hit rope again to get it back to a three goal differential.

Donnelly and Semple, twenty three seconds apart made it a 13-12 game.

Charlie Dumas (1g) hit a breaking Jack Mulcahy (1g,2a) that knotted it up, 13-13 with 6:40 remaining.

Bo Columbus (1g) would dent twine to give RMU another lead. This time it was 15-14 with 1:32 to go.

Drexel tried but couldn’t get the equalizer and the clock ran out on the exciting DI battle.

Inside the Game

•. It was an entertaining battle from the face off dot for with Drexel’s Mike Lenskold going 13 for 26 with 6 ground balls. For the Colonials, Bo Columbus not only recorded the game winning goal but, went 15 of 23 on the draw.

• Robert Morris employed two goaltenders with Nate Randall putting in 30:00 allowing 5 goals on 7 shots. Ben Savick also went 30:00 making 3 saves and surrendering 9 goals.

• Drexel saw Ross Blumenthal play 50:12 with 13 saves and12 goals. Drew McGill appeared for9:43 with 4 saves and 3 goals.

Drexel Drops to 4-4

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.

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