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.
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.
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
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.