Drexel withstands huge comeback, 19-13. The Robert Morris Colonials (3-5) were the guest at Vidas Field and challenged the Drexel Dragons (3-2). RMU had a six-goal run in the third stanza to seize an 11-10 lead but Drexel fired back in a big way.
A seven goal final stanza marked the difference. Just :28 seconds in, Sean Donnelly (5G,1a) scored on a man advantage before Aidan Coll (2g,2a) and a pair from Donnelly giving him the hat trick. All this in just 2:27 boosted the Dragons to a 4-0 lead.
Ryan Smith (3g) and Jimmy Perkins (2g,1a) cut the lead in half. It took :22 for Ryan Genord (4g,2a) to counter. Brandon Sulhoff (5G) with an advantage goal of his own cut it to 5-3. The Drexel goal brigade was shifting to another gear with Danny Varga (1g) followed :39 later with Genord’s 12th of the season. That closed the opening quarter with Drexel holding a 7-3 edge.
Jimmy Perkins nailed his 13th but neither squad could hit the net for eight minutes. Ben Starkey (1g) cut it to 7-5 and ignited a frantic final four and a half minutes. Jack Mulcahy (2g,1a) another Drexel man-up score from Carter Begley (1g) and Donnelly nabbing his 14th ended the half with Drexel in control, 10-5.
RMU refused to yield and would rally. Sulhoff, Austin Popovich (2g,2a), Sulhoff gained his 6th, Popovich again, Ryan Smith, and the third quarter hat trick from Sulhoff completely changed the affair and the Colonials found themselves in the lead, 11-10. All good things and lacrosse runs come to an end. Luke Hurley (1g) followed by Genord ended the third with Drexel back in front, 12-11.
The two scores opened the door for the Dragons to breathe fire. Collin Mailman (1g,2), Charlie Maly (1g) off a face-off win from Jimmeh Koita, Coll and Mulcahy got it to 16-11 with 10:21 to play. Sulhoff and Donnelly exchanged scores as did Smith and Genord to make it 18-13 before Ronnie Gunter (1g) closed the scoring, 19-13.
Jimmeh Koita was a force with the assist, 13 ground balls, and an impressive 23 of 34 from the “X”. Shots slightly favored Drexel, 51-45 with on goal also going the Dragons way, 33-27. Ground balls went 41-34 Drexel as did face-offs, 23-11. Ross Blumenthal stopped 14 Colonials shots as was matched by 14 from Liam Rosenthal for RMU. Drexel continues to get contributions from multiple players and received points from 12 different players with 10 having goals. Drexel withstands a huge comeback.