Closing the Book on the Mount

Closing the Book on the Mount




Although many around the area and were partaking in some St. Patty’s day celebrations, the boys took to Vidas this past Saturday and defended the West Philly turf with a 14-11 win against a good Mount squad.  The win officially ends the non-conference schedule and other than the Bucknell game, the team acquitted themselves very well on their way to a 5-2 record.  While there has been some dark and sunny throughout this game and the first part of the season, let’s take a second to review the first half of the season and where this team ranks:

First Half Awards

The team has had its fair share of standout performances during the first month of the season; the CAA recognized a couple of them when both Nick Trizano and Ryan Belka earned the CAA player of the week award.  Nick earned it with his 4 g, 2 a performance against Albany while Ryan had 9 points on six goals and three assists during the week when the team defeated Nova and Robert Morris.

Team Rankings

The Drexel offense is currently ranked 7th in the country while averaging 12.86 goals a game.  The defense is outside the top 50 and is allowing 12.42 goals per game.  Other rankings are (all NCAA D1 Rankings):

Points per game – 4th – 21.57

Shot % - 7th – 0.330

Saves per Game – 16th – 12.43

Face off % - 36th - 0.497

GB’s per Game – 36th – 29.57

Turnovers per Game (#1 being the lowest amount per game) – 28th – 15.0

Caused Turnover per game – 44th – 6.83

EMO % - 5th – 0.538

Man Down % - 20th – 0.727


Player Rankings (All players in the top 50 for each category)


Points per Game:  Robert Church, 16th- 4.0ppg; Ryan Belka, 22th- 3.86ppg; Ben McIntosh, 32nd- 3.71ppg

Goals per Game: Robert Church, 36th- 2.43gpg; Ben McIntosh, 36th- 2.43 gpg

Assists per Game: Ryan Belka, 31th- 1.71apg; Robert Church, 40th- 1.57apg

Shot %: Ryan Belka, 32th- 0.429

GB’s per Game: Nick Saputo, 15th-  0.671

Saves per Game: Will Gabrielson, 11th- 13.25

On to the CAA’s

The boys travel to Hempstead, NY where they will face a stingy Hofstra squad who is holding opponents offenses down and continuing to find ways to win.  I’m sure they’ll be out for revenge after last year’s game when the Dragons came storming back in the second half to steal a win away from the Pride.  The NYC contingent of Dragon alums will be out in full force and Hofstra always has a good following so this one is looking to be a battle all day long, on the field and in the stands.  The Dragons need to start off their CAA play with a W against what is now a Top 10 team.