April 9, 2005

Sacred Heart Men's Lacrosse Falls Short Against Drexel, 7-6

April 9, 2005

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (April 9, 2005) - The Drexel University men's lacrosse team scored six second half goals to eclipse a 4-1 halftime deficit and hand Sacred Heart it's fifth-straight loss, 7-6, Saturday afternoon. The Dragons improve to 8-3 overall and record their first Colonial Athletic Association win of the year and are now 1-2 in the league. The loss drops SHU to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in league play as the Pioneers remain winless, 0-4, at home this season.

The Pioneers took the early advantage, running out to a 4-0 lead while holding Drexel scoreless for the first 28:23 of the game. Junior goalkeeper Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) was a stone wall in goal during that stretch, making nine stops in the cage. SHU opened the scoring at 9:51 of the first quarter as sophomore Kevin Kimball (Framingham, MA) made his way through the Dragon defense and finished on goal for his fourth of the season.

SHU made it 2-0 in the first on junior Kiel Adams's (Rome, NY) 16th marker of the season, unassisted at 6:59. After senior Blake Reardon (St. Michael, MN) took the face-off to start the second quarter, sophomore defenseman Chase Caruso (Huntington, NY) scooped up the grounder and fired on goal for his third goal of the year just 23 seconds in play. Junior Matt Robideau (Massena, NY) made it 4-0 with a man-up goal at 7:48 off a pass from sophomore Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY).

The Dragons finally solved Hind at the 1:37 mark as sophomore Greg Dougherty scored his first of three goals on the day to send Drexel into the half down 4-1. Junior Matt Musci and the Dragons came out on fire to start the third quarter and got right back into the game. Musci buried back to back goals to open the half, man-up at 11:49 from freshman Brian Neary and at 6:33, unassisted, to pull Drexel to within 4-3.

Sacred Heart's Christian Lynch (Northport, NY) answered with a man-up goal of his own at 2:03, burying a Robideau pass to push the Pioneer lead to 5-3. Drexel tacked one more on to end the third on Dougherty's second goal of the day with just 43 ticks left and then pulled the game even at 5-5, 4:27 into the fourth as Musci notched his third tally, assisted by Pat Simpson.

The Pioneers jumped back in front less than a minute later as Lynch scored his second goal on a breakaway from senior Jeff Monaco (Carmel, NY). Dougherty tied the game a second time when he scored his third with 7:14 to go. The Dragons took their first lead at the 6:02 mark when sophomore Adam Crystal caused a turnover and then made the coast to coast trip complete by beating Hind for his first goal of the season and what proved to be the game winner for Drexel.

SHU had its chances in the closing minutes, but a turnover, a save by sophomore Bryan Maggio, and a pair of turnovers on the Pioneers final two possessions sealed the win for Drexel. Maggio finished with nine saves in goal to earn the win. Both Musci and Dougherty finished with three goals.

The Pioneers were led by Lynch with two goals and Robideau with a goal and an assist. Hind finished with 13 saves in the cage.

Sacred Heart returns to action on Saturday, April 16th when they travel to Towson for a 7:30 pm start.

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