Posted Sunday, March 18, 2007 by .
No. 2 Albany Holds off No. 19 Drexel, 16-13
Philadelphia – The Drexel men's lacrosse team came back from a four-goal deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but Albany rallied to defeat the Dragons, 16-13, The third-ranked Great Danes improved to 5-0 on the season, while Drexel fell to 4-3.
Drexel trailed for most of the game, but remained in striking distance. Early in the fourth quarter, the Dragons scored three-straight goals to tie the game at 10-10. Colin Ambler, Andrew Champan and Ron Garling scored in a span of just over two minutes to even the score. Albany scored the next two goals as Derek Dale scored at the 11:35 mark to put the Great Danes up by a goal. Corey Small then added the 12th goal with 9:41 remaining. Drexel cut the lead to 12-11 when Mike Filippone set up Brian Neary's goal, but Albany answered with four-straight goals to go up 16-11.
Albany jumped out to a 3-1 lead and never trailed in the game. They took an 8-5 lead to intermission.
Garling, who had a career-high five goals in the game, added two goals after Albany's run to make it 16-13 with 2:28 to play, but the Dragons were unable to chip away in the final minutes.
Small had a big game for Albany with five goals. Jordan Levine netted three and handed out an assist. Dale and Frank Resetarits each found the net twice. Brett Queener played well in the cage and made 11 saves.
Chapman scored four times for the Dragons. Neary had a pair and Filippone dished out two assists. Bruce Bickford turned aside five shots in a losing cause. The Dragons outshot Albany, 46-36, and won 22 of the 32 face-offs. Drexel had 35 ground balls, while the Great Danes picked up 32.
The game, originally scheduled for Vidas Field, was moved to Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania due to weather conditions. The temperature was in the 20s and there were snow flurries throughout the contest. The Dragons host Lafayette on Saturday at 3:00 p.m at Vidas Field.
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Philadelphia, Pa. – Sophomore attack Corey Small scored a career-high five times, including a pair of fourth-quarter goals, to lead UAlbany to a 16-13 victory over Drexel in a battle of nationally-ranked top 20 teams on Saturday evening at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. The game's time and location were changed due to the previous day's weather.
The Great Danes, ranked No. 2 in the USILA coaches' poll and No. 6 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, broke a 10-10 deadlock in the final period with back-to-back goals by Derek Dale and Small. Drexel (4-3) had strung together three consecutive goals to draw even, including a shot by Ron Garling with 12:32 to play. Garling, a sophomore attacker, finished with five goals.
The Dragons, who defeated top-ranked Virginia to begin their season on Feb. 18, sliced the deficit in half when Brian Neary tallied his third of the season with 9:19 remaining. UAlbany (5-0) then reeled off four unanswered goals in a two-minute-and-34-second span to pull away. Small and Dale found the net 40 seconds apart, before long-stick midfielder Chris Schongar netted his first career goal. Jordan Levine, who scored three times and had one assist, added a man-down goal to complete the decisive run.
"We bent, but we didn't buckle, said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, whose team is off to its best start since 1993. "It took us ten hours to get here because of the snow, and then we had to move the game to a later time. But I was pleased how our players responded and that's a credit to their focus. They are playing with an inner strength and we are getting good leadership from our seniors."
UAlbany rattled off three straight goals in the second quarter en route to an 8-5 halftime lead. Small, who had just one goal this season entering the game, hit the net twice in less than a minute. Frank Resetarits, the team's top scorer who had two goals, recorded an unassisted tally with 2:35 left in the stanza to finish off that stretch.
Drexel's Andrew Chapman scored four times for the Dragons, who are No. 19 in the latest USILA rankings. UAlbany's Dale added a pair of goals, while goalkeeper Brett Queener made 11 saves.
"Corey (Small) found some spots against their zone defense," Marr explained. "We played better zone offense and moved the ball around. He gives us a second left-hander (in that lineup). He shot the ball really well and gained some confidence early in the game."
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Albany: Corey Small 4-0, Jordan Levine 3-1, Eric Wolf 0-3, Frank Resetarits 2-0, Derek Dale 2-0, Mike Ammann 0-2, Merrick Thomson 1-0, Steve Ammann 1-0, Kyle Brunk 1-0, Chris Schongar 1-0. Saves: Brett Queener 11 (12 GA), Dan McKeon 0 (1 GA).
Drexel: Ron Garling 5-0, Andrew Chapman 4-0, Brian Neary 2-1, Greg Casey 1-1, Colin Ambler 1-1, Mike Filippone 0-2, Jon Van Houten 0-2, Adam Crystal 0-1. Saves: Bruce Bickford 5.
Shots: A 36, D 46
Groundballs: A 32, D 32
Face-offs: A 10, D 22
Extra-man scoring: A 1-3, D 3-4