Upset Saturday continues with Drexel with a 12-9 victory. The surging Drexel Dragons (5-2, 4-1) trekked to Delaware in hopes of picking up their fourth consecutive win and second in a row over a ranked team. The Delaware Fightin Blue Hens (7-2, 4-1) were holding the #12 rank in D1.
The Dragons welcomed back Reid Bowering (1a) after a four-game absence but Aidan Coll took center stage in this one. The Dragons were breathing fire. They stormed to a 3-0 advantage when Jake Tomak (1g,1a), Zach Augustine (1g), and Luke Hurley (1g) all scored in just under four minutes.
Delaware fired back with a three-goal run of their own. Courtesy of Matt Acchione (3g,1a), Charlie Kitchen (3g,2a), and Mike Robinson (1g,1a) to end the first stanza with a 3-3 deadlock. Aidan Coll (5G,1a) and Kitchen offset each other. Drexel was set to go on a run with Coll, Sean Donnelly (1g), Colin Mailman (1g), and the 18th of the season from Coll that ended the half with Drexel having doubled up their hosts, 8-4.
Reed Kurtz (1g) opened the half by cutting the deficit to 8-5. Coll, George Grippo (1g) forcing a loose ball and thundering down the turf for his first of the year. Another Coll marker pushed it to an 11-5 lead.
The Hens would take over from that point on with Matt Acchione scoring on the advantage. Brent McVicker (1g) countered for the final Drexel score. With 1:32 to play, Kitchen hit rope, and off to the final quarter, they would go in the 12-7 game. Delaware got markers from Matt Acchione and the final goal of the day was furnished by Cam Acchione.
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Matt Kilkeary turned away 14 Drexel tries while Ross Blumenthal was equal to 12 Hens shots with 6 coming in the final stanza.
Statistics-wise, this was as even as it gets. Shots being 40-40 with on goal going to Drexel, 26-21. Each club turned the ball over 12 times while ground balls were 35-34 in the Delaware column. Upset Saturday continues with Drexel with a 12-9 victory.