Drexel falls short against Delaware, 19-12. The Delaware Fightin Blue Hens (5-1) employed a big start and never looked back in defeating the Drexel Dragons (1-1) at Vidas Field in West Philadelphia.
Cam Acchione (3g,1a) started the ball rolling when he notched a man-advantage goal. It was set up by Tye Kurtz at the 10:28 mark. Twenty-eight seconds later, Max Bieda (4g,2) doubled the Delaware edge, 2-0. The onslaught would continue with Cam Acchione adding a pair to give him a hat trick in just 1:51.
Charlie Kitchen (1g,2a) brought it to a 5-0 lead before Ryan Genord hit a breaking Sean Donnelly (3g) and at the 6:13 mark, it seemed Drexel had withstood the surge and could chip away. Sadly for the Dragons, the glimmer of hope was short-lived. Owen Grant (1g), Tye Kurtz (4g,1a), Matt Acchione (2g,1), and Bieda closed the opening quarter with the visitors holding a 9-1 lead.
:37 in and Aidan Coll (3g) stopped the onslaught to make it 9-2. Bieda and Justin Scott (1g) countered making it 11-2. Charles Dumas (1g) and Kurtz exchanged goals. The Hens went to the locker room holding all the cards and a big lead, 12-3. Drexel fared much better in the second half outscoring their guests, 9-7.
Coll, Jack Mulcahy (2g,1a), and Reid Bowering (1g) cut it to 12-6. Mike Robinson (3g) scored back to back :36 apart and the scoreboard changed to 14-6. Sean Donnelly and Mulcahy quickly answered. Bieda countered but, Donnelly got another. As was the case the entire game, Delaware would come right back and this time it was Tye Kurtz to end three quarters 16-9. Would Delaware put it in cruise control for the final 15:00?
The answer was a resounding, “no” and Robinson, Matt Acchione and Kurtz put two exclamation points on this one making it 19-9. Drexel, to their credit, kept battling and were rewarded with close-out markers from Jack Farrell (1g), Coll, and Danny Varga (1g) to finish. 19-12.
Delaware had the advantage in shots, 49-37 with 25-23 shots on goal. Ground Balls went the Drexel way, 34-29 also going the Drexel way was face-offs, 20-14. Drexel falls short against the Delaware Blue Hens.