Men's lacrosse edged in finale
Triangle Sports Desk
Issue date: 5/5/06 Section: Sports
The game was highly competitive with both teams playing evenly nearly the entire game, but the Bulldogs were able to take care of late-game opportunities and outlast the Dragons.
After giving up the first two goals of the game, Drexel scored three straight goals to gain a 3-2 edge at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs bounced back to take a 6-5 halftime lead after Kyle Washabaugh scored his third goal of the game with only 37 seconds remaining in the half.
The second half continued to be even, as each team picked up four goals in the third period. The Dragons tied the game 10-10 early in the forth quarter, however, that was the end of Drexel's scoring run, despite eight more shots after their final goal. Yale's Brian Belsky scored late in the game to pick up the game-winning goal, and the Dragons' Adam Dennis was unable to convert a point-blank shot as time expired.
Drexel received well-rounded scoring support with goals from eight different players, and six Dragons contributed to the offensive effort with assists. Seniors Jeff Pfeffer and Yoni Cohen finished their careers at Drexel with two goals each, and Matt Musci and Jesse Rumble both also scored in their final game as Dragons.
The loss gives Drexel a final record of 5-9, which is a disappointing ending for a season that began with a 4-1 record. Despite a very tough schedule and five heartbreaking one-goal losses, the Dragons showed flashes of greatness and signs that they will continue to build on their successes for the future. They were highly competitive in nearly every game that they played and battled many ranked opponents, including the teams currently ranked first and second in the nation.
Although the graduation of Pfeffer, Cohen and Musci will hurt Drexel's offensive power, the Dragons have great young talent on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, including Adam Dennis, who scored 21 times in his highly impressive freshman year.
If Drexel can take advantage of a few more end-game situations and use their incoming talent effectively, they should be competitive in the coming years.