Games of October 17 – 22, 2023
October 24, 2023 –
This can be described as a relatively level week for the men’s D1 programs as they compiled a 4 – 6 – 1 record. On the positive side Penn rises to the top of the Ivy League standings, and Drexel appears to be the fourth seed in the CAA. However, the Dragons could slide to the fifth spot. With either the fourth or fifth seed Drexel will draw the sane opponent, most likely Delaware. We can focus on that when the seeds are announced. Let’s take a look at last week’s details.
Penn Quakers (5 – 3 – 5, 2 – 1 – 2 Ivy League)
A good week for the Red and Blue notching two victories. Penn defeated Harvard 2 – 1 on goals by Michael Hewes (6) and Stas Korzeniowski (5) for the win that put the Quakers in first place in the Ivy League. Penn is tied with Cornell and Harvard for the top spot but has wins over each school. The top seed in the league will host the conference tournament, and head-to-head is a tiebreaker. Goalie Nick Christoffersen made 5 saves in the contest. Earlier in the week the Quakers closed their non-conference schedule with a 5 – 0 win over Lehigh, their first over the Mountain Hawks since 2009. Five different players scored goals; Michael teDuits (1), Brandon Curran, Hewes, Gavin Steele (1), and Mateo Zazueta (2). Korzeniowski assisted twice. Christoffersen turned in his 6th shutout, and 3rd clean slate win. The regular season concludes on Saturday with a game at Columbia.
Drexel Dragons (8 – 2 -4, 3 – 1 – 3 CAA)
The Dragons clinched a CAA Championship spot previously. The question now is what will be their seed. As of now they have the fourth spot with Delaware 3 points behind in fifth. If the standings hold they local rivals will play each other in the first round at the site of the top seed. That position is being contested by Hofstra, Monmouth, and Stony Brook who have 14 points apiece. Drexel had a chance to get into that mix, but fell at Hofstra 1 – 0 on a goal by Ryan Carmichael in the 25th minute. The Dragons had the better in shots 13 – 10 and those on goal 5 – 4. Earlier in the week Drexel travelled to Army and won 4 – 1. Midfielder Patrick Short scored two goals while forward Joshua Pulla registered a goal and an assist. Midfielder Antonio Illuminato got the other goal. The regular season concluded for the Dragons with a home non-conference game on Wednesday against FDU.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (4 – 11 – 1, 2 – 4 – 1 Atlantic 10)
The non-conference schedule concluded for Saint Joseph’s with a 1 – 0 loss at Loyola of Maryland. Charlie Herley scored for Loyola in the 14th minute. The game was closely contested. The Hawks were slightly outshot 8 (3 on goal) to 7, two of which required a save. Saint Joe’s came back and won a 2 – 0 game at St. Bonaventure on an own goal by the Bonnies in the 73rd minute. Alex Hartmann scored the other SJU goal at 13:26. The shots were somewhat even with Bonnies getting 11 and the Hawks. But SJU had 5 on goal compared to 4 by SBU. Hawks goalie Trevor Jackson made 3 saves. Saint Joe’s closes the season on Saturday hosting Saint Louis.
La Salle Explorers (5 – 7 – 3, 1 – 4 – 2 Atlantic 10)
The Explorers closed their conference schedule with a 1- 0 loss to George Washington 1 – 0 at McCarthy Stadium. William Turner scored for the Colonials in the 32nd minute. La Salle had the edge in shots 19 – 6. On goal LSU had 6 while GW had one, but they made it impactful. The season ends on Tuesday at Monmouth.
Villanova Wildcats (1 – 7 – 5, 1 – 4 – 2 BIG EAST)
Villanova played tough against two tough opponents and came out with a tie and a loss over the week. Nova fell to Georgetown 2- 0 who leads the BIG EAST East. The Hoyas won the shots statistic 14 – 10, and 6 – 4 on shots on goal. Nova forward Balthi Saunders had a game-high 5 shots. Meanwhile Georgetown took all 14 corner kicks in the game. Villanova later hosted BIG EAST Midwest leader Xavier and played to a 1 – all draw. Midfielder Belmar Joseph scored his first collegiate goal in the 7th minute for the Wildcats. Xavier tied it at the 71:06 mark. In the second half the Musketeers held an 11 – 2 edge in shots. Nova will host Army on Saturday.
Temple Owls (2 – 7 – 4, 1 – 2 – 2 The American)
The Temple Owls lost 2 – 1 at Stony Brook when the hosts scored twice within 3:08 late in the second half to wipe away the visitor’s lead. The tying goal came off a penalty kick, the winner by Kyle Smith was at the 74:43 mark. Midfielder Felix Ewald gave Temple their lead in the 64th minute. Returning to conference play the Cherry and White traveled to Memphis and were on the short end of a 4 – 2 final. The Owls goals were scored by midfielder Tessho Kobayashi and defenseman Rocco Haeufgloeckner. Ewald assisted on both goals. He now leads the team in assists (4), goals (4), and points (12). Goalie Andrew Kempe saved 5 facing 9 on goal and 24 shots overall. Temple hosts Tulsa on Friday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian