PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/12/2104 – The Drexel continued their winning ways getting a 13 – 9 win over the nationally ranked Massachusetts Minutemen at Vidas Field on Senior Day. It was an effective performance for the Dragons on both ends of the field. Drexel has won four games in a row, and are going after the top seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament.
“Our goal is that we are still trying to win this thing,” said Drexel Coach Brian Voelker. “We want to be the number one seed. We have some work ahead of us, but this is a steeping stone to being the number one seed and hosting the playoffs.”
Drexel is 8 – 4 overall, and improves to 3 – 1 in conference play. The Dragons are 3 – 1 in the CAA and trail league leader Hofstra (3 – 0) at present by a half-game. Towson came into the game at 2 – 1. UMass is now 1 – 2 and have at least a tie for the last playoff spot.
Going into the fourth quarter Drexel led 8 – 7, and did not score in the third. However, the hosts scored three goals in the first five minutes if the fourth quarter to take control. Junior midfielder Ryan Belka scored his 16th of the season at the 13:06 mark. Sophomore attack Jules Raucci scored less than a minute later. Senior attack Nick Trizano put the Dragons in front at the 10:29 mark by an 11 – 7 score.
“It was huge,” Voelker said of the outburst to start the final quarter. “The third quarter wasn’t great, but it wasn’t a debacle. We didn’t let them string a lot of goals together. It was a big league win.”
Traziano scored a hat-trick for Drexel and has 29 goals on the season. Belka also tallied twice. Senior midfielder Ben McIntosh and senior attack Jared Boudreau also had two goals in the game. Connor Mooney recorded a hat trick for UMass.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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