The Drexel Dragons (3-2) Got the Best of Philly rival, St. Joseph’s,18-17.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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Jack Mulcahy posted a nine point game in the Drexel upset.
It was the first nine point game for the Dragons since 2010 when Robert Church pulled it off against St. John’s.
To the Action
Zach Mantei (1g) notched his first of season to give the Hawks a lead with 2:00 played.
Ryan Genord (2g,1a) countered with his 6th 1:33 later to even the score.
The back and forth continued with Mac McLaughlin (3g) for St. Joe’s matched by Max Semple (2g) and things were knotted again.
St. Joe’s flexed their muscles with Tucker Brown (2g,2a) on the man-up,Brown assisting on an Austin Strazzula (3g) tally
McLaughlin hit for his 6th and Matt Bohmer (2g,1a) adding his 8th and 19th to close the first with a 7-2 Hawks lead
To the Second
Semple potted a Mulcahy set up for his 10th.
Mulcahy hit a power play goal with help from Zach Augustine (1a)
Teo Domic (1g) countered to make it 8-4.
Drexel then found another gear thanks to Mulcahy assisting on a Sean Donnelly (3g,3a) man up marker.
Brennan Greenwald (1g) and Luke Stansfield (1g) made it a one goal game at 8-7.
Brown again set up Strazzula with :33 on the clock to end the half at 9-7 the Hawks way.
To the Third
Things opened up offensively with a ten goal stanza.
The power play goals kept coming for Drexel and with just thirteen seconds played, Sean Curcio (1g) converted a pretty feed from Mulcahy.
Two minutes later, things would be tied again with Aidan Coll feeding Donnelly for his 11th on the advantage.
Brown (12) and McLaughlin (7th) put St.Joe’s back in front, 11-9.
Mulcahy pulled it to a one goal affair but, Hawks FOGO, Zach Cole,won the face off clean and scored just six seconds later
William King (3g) made it a 13-10 game.
Mulcahy struck again and it was clear Drexel was not going away easy.
Strazzulla and Donnelly exchanged net benders to end the will third with a 14-12 score.
We Wind it Down
A huge final quarter for Drexel proved to be the difference
Tristan Plotts started things with his second on the season and, back to a one goal affair.
Levi Anderson (1g,1a) put the Hawks back up by two.
Drexel would go on a four goal run thanks to, Liam Rosato (1g), Aidan Coll (2g,1a), Donnelly setting up Mulcahy at 8:14.
Donnelly stayed in the giving mood and set up Coll for his 9th.
King at 3:06 and again at 2:47 got it a 17-17 game.
Just when overtime looked like a probability,, Genord buried a Donnelly pass with 1:07 remaining.
The Drexel defense clamped down and pulled of the unlikely 18-17 win.
The Coaching match-up pitted two former Philadelphia Wings.
Brian Voelker for Drexel and Taylor Wray with St. Joe’s.
Shots were 49-44 the Hawks way with Drexel having a 30-26 advantage with shots on.
Ground balls went 36-23 the St. Joe’s way. Zach Cole dominated as usual with his 27-9 advantage from the “X”.
Tucker Almany turned aside 12 Drexel shots with counterpart, Drew McGill having 9 stops
The extra man was the difference with the Hawks going just 1 of 6.
Dtexel was outstanding, 6 for 8.
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.