March 16, 2017 by Hayley Roth
The Drexel University men’s lacrosse team had an outstanding weekend bringing home two wins against the Bryant University Bulldogs March 10 and the Saint Joseph’s University Hawks March 12.
The game against the Bulldogs was played on a cold, wintry night at Vidas Field. The opening faceoff was won by the Bulldogs. The entire first quarter was scoreless. Both teams battled back and forth with shot attempts on goal, ground ball pick ups, and turnovers.
The first nine minutes of the second quarter continued the same battle as the first. The Dragons shot four shots wide before scoring the first goal of the game. Senior Cole Shafer found the net with an assist from freshman Reid Bowering. A couple of wide shots from the Bulldogs allowed the Dragons to regain control of the field to score again to lead 2-0. Bowering scored his sixth goal of the season unassisted with 1:23 left to play in the first half.
The Dragons continued their 2-0 scoring run with three more shots in the third quarter all within a single minute of each other. Shafer netted his second and third goals of the game completing his hat trick and sophomore Chris Friedman scored his first goal of the season.
The Dragons led 5-0 before a goal from Bryant’s Tom Kennedy put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. Another two goals from Bowering and senior Robert Frazee closed out the scoring for this quarter leaving the Dragons with a commanding lead of 7-1 going into the last quarter.
The Bulldogs played a strong last quarter in an attempt to make a comeback. They managed to scrape together a 4-0 scoring run with their goalkeeper James Werner having three saves to keep the Dragons from increasing their score. However, the lead the Dragons built withstood the comeback, giving them the win with a final score of 7-5.
The game against the Hawks was hugefor the Dragons. Freshman Reid Bowering had four goals and a career-high six points. Senior Cole Shafer also recorded four goals including his 100th career goal and senior goalkeeper Jimmy Joe Granito saved 16 shots to help the Dragons secure their second win of the season.
St. Joe’s led 4-1 after a 3-0 scoring run against the Dragons after the first quarter.
The Dragons quickly responded in the second quarter with their own 3-0 scoring run to tie the game 4-4 within the first four minutes of play. By the end of the quarter, the Dragons were trailing 5-6.
With 11:12 to play in the third quarter, the Dragons were leading 7-6. After a couple of goals exchanged between teams, the Dragons ended the third quarter with another 3-0 scoring run to lead 10-7.
In the fourth quarter, St. Joe’s scored their last goal with 11:15 left to play. Reid Bowering closed out the scoring for the Dragons with only 48 seconds left to record his 11th goal of the season and bring home the win. The final score was 12-8.
“Both teams were playing well. We’re excited to just kind of work hard and have that stuff pay off. I feel like we’ve made some critical errors in the first four games that we didn’t make this weekend. It was the difference in the two games. I think our guys are feeling a lot better, and now we have to build on the positive.” head coach Brian Voelker said.
The Dragons have now improved their record to 2-4 after this weekend’s wins. Their next game is Saturday, March 18 in New York City, against St. John’s University.
“St. John’s is going to be going through the same kind of weather issues. We just need to kind of focus, train hard this week when we can be out on the field. They’re going to be a really tough team. They gave Syracuse [University] a run for their money this weekend. We just kind of have to work this week and continue the things that made us successful this weekend, and do away with the things that didn’t in the first four games.” coach Voelker said.