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Coach's Corner: Weekend Recap March 19 

We went 1-1 again this week losing 12-11 to Bucknell and beating the Mount 11-6.

 

The Bucknell game was back and forth.  They went up 5-2 at the end of the first, we tied it up 7-7 at half.  We took an early third quarter lead, but they went up 10-9 at the end of the third.  They went up 12-9, but we kept fighting and battled back to within one.  We had chances at the end, but couldn't get it done.  We generated a lot of opportunities on offense, taking 54 shots.  I thought we shot poorly, and their backup goalie played well making 10 saves in the second half.  Aaron Prosser (3g 2a) and Ryan Belka (2g 2a) led the offense.  Deven Thomas had a good game, going 13 for 21 from the faceoff X.  I was disappointed with our defense, especially to start the game.

 

We got back on the winning track on Saturday beating a good Mount squad.  Both teams started slow, but we were able to score 3 goals in the final minute of the first.  We led 5-2 at half, 9-6 at the end of the third, and scored the last two for an 11-6 win.  Aaron Prosser (3g) and T.J. Foley (2g) led the offense.  Nick Saputo was 6 for 8 at the faceoff X, and I thought the defense played well as a unit.  This is a game we needed, and the team stepped up.  Hopefully this gives us some confidence and the momentum going into our next game.

 

Our record stands at 3-5, and we are headed into the most important stretch of the season.  We are 1-0 in the conference.  We have 5 CAA games in a row, starting this Saturday against Hofstra at home at 7pm.  Our focus is to be 2-0 in the CAA after this weekend. This is a huge game for us, and we need your support.

 

Also a quick reminder.  Homecoming will be our final regular season game against St. John's on April 28th.  There will be a pre-game event for alumni.  More info to follow.

 

Brian

 

 

Coachs Corner Weekend Recap March 12 

Our goal for the week was to pick up two wins, but we didn't accomplish it.  We beat St. Joe's 8-4 on Tuesday, and lost 7-6 to Bryant on Saturday.  The good news is we're 1-0 in the conference, the bad news we're 2-4 overall.  The one goal losses are disappointing, and obviously something we need to fix.

 

Tuesday was a strange game.  We finished way ahead in every statistical category, except the score.  We outshot St. Joe's 49-16, GB's were 48-27, and we were 11-15 on face-offs.  Their goalie played well, and we shot poorly.  The game was tied 2-2 at half, and we were able to outscore them 6-2 in the second half.  Robert Church (2g 2a) and Aaron Prosser (2g) led the offense, and the D played well as a unit.  Deven Thomas had a great day at the X, winning 11 of 15.

 

Saturday was a frustrating day.  We started the game off really strong, and took a 4-0 first quarter lead.  After the first quarter, we couldn't get anything going offensively and we couldn't win a face-off.  The defense was solid most of the day.  I could go over a list of things that went wrong, but in the end Bryant made more plays than we did.  Everyone, coaches and players, know we let one get away.  We're all upset with the result.

 

We're struggling right now, but have no time to feel sorry for ourselves.  We play Bucknell tomorrow at home at 4pm, and play at Mt. St. Mary's on Saturday at 1pm.  The coaches and players are all doing our best to figure it out, and even up our record going into the heart on conference play.  Tuesday is huge; Bucknell is a very good team.  Any support is greatly appreciated.

Coach's Corner: Drexel vs Nova and ND 

We knew going into the season that this week would be challenging, and it was.  Villanova and ND are very different, but both talented and ranked high.  Nova has a high powered offense, and ND has the nation's best D.

 

On Tuesday, we lost 14-9 to Villanova.  The beginning of the game was a total disaster, Villanova led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. The team battled back to 7-5 and 11-8, but we couldn't overcome the early deficit.  We made too many mistakes, especially on the defensive end, to get the win.  Kyle Bergman led the offense with 1g and 4a's.  I was really disappointed with our defensive effort.  Nova is very talented, but we made a lot of basic errors and couldn't come up with the "big stop" when needed.

 

We lost 6-5 to ND on Saturday.  The game was back and forth.  We went up 2-0, they took a 4-2 lead in the third quarter, we tied it 5-5 in the middle of the fourth, and they scored with just under 5 minutes to play to take the final lead.  We had chances at the end (including a 30 second EMO w/ 1:15 to play), but ND's D stood up.  Aaron Prosser led the offense with 2 goals, and I felt like our D played well as a unit.

 

We have two games this week, and both are obviously important.  We play at St. Joe's on Tuesday at 3pm (game has been pushed up an hour), and at Bryant on Saturday at 1pm.  We're 1-3, but our losses are to the #1, #7, and #12 ranked teams in the country.  We need to get it going this week, and pick up some wins.  Tuesday is also our first conference game, so any support is appreciated.