Closing the Book on Towson

Closing the Book on Towson

Brundo closes the book on Towson as we look forward to ending the season with High Point at home and a rematch with Towson in the CAA Semi's

 

The boys played the final CAA regular season game of the year on Saturday and they closed the book on the conference in style going on a 13-2 run during the middle of the game and hanging on for a solid 14-11 win over their hated foe, Towson.  With High Point now on the clock and the CAA tournament on the horizon, we need to close the book on what will be the first chapter of this matchup so we can settle in and obsess over what should be a heated rematch 2 weeks from now.

The Sunny

McIntosh/Belka/Church – The O has been the first star for almost the entire season.  This week was no different.  While the offense as a whole has been tremendous, the most consistent aspect of the team has been these 3 guys.  While all 3 have the ability to light up the score board, they all seem to do it in different ways.  Ben uses pure toughness and strength to excel; Belka uses his quickness and overall stick skills to set up either his right or left and Churchy uses his slick and savvy game to mess with the D while mostly playing off ball.  Look what the three did in the first half with the team down 3-0, 4-1 and 5-4:

 

4. 

 

0:52 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Church, Robert 

Unassisted 

1-3 

5. 

2nd

4:37 

TOWSON  

EVEN 

DeNapoli, Thomas 

Bolewicki, Brian 

1-4 

6. 

 

4:18 

DREXEL  

UP  

McIntosh, Ben 

Church, Robert 

2-4 

7. 

 

3:27 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Belka, Ryan 

Church, Robert 

3-4 

8. 

 

1:58 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Belka, Ryan 

Unassisted 

4-4 

9. 

 

0:43 

TOWSON  

EVEN 

Hughes, Matthew 

Hodgson, Andrew 

4-5 

10. 

 

0:09 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Belka, Ryan 

McIntosh, Ben 

5-5 

 

                Church, McIntosh, Belka, Belka and Belka …….. and they all assisted for each other. 

 

The Third Quarter – While the first half was a testament to the three mentioned above, the third quarter was a testament to the entire team.  While everyone will want to talk about the 8 goals that were scored, and we’ll certainly talk about that, no goals were scored in that quarter until 5 plus minutes came off the clock.  What happened during that 5 minutes was the highpoint of the game for the D, as they made a barrier around Cal and withstood 2 long Towson possessions to keep the game at 5’s.  Each possession finished with a great play from Cal as he came up with a high to high save at the end of the first possession and beat the Towson attackmen to the endline to gain the ball after a shot on the second.  That D stand set up the offensive fireworks that would see 8 goals in 5 minutes of game time.  This is a scoring summary that you just won’t see that often:

 

11. 

3rd

9:36 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Church, Robert 

Unassisted 

6-5 

12. 

 

9:07 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

McIntosh, Ben 

Unassisted 

7-5 

13. 

 

6:44 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Brown, Hank 

Unassisted 

8-5 

14. 

 

6:32 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Saputo, Nick 

Unassisted 

9-5 

15. 

 

6:03 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Church, Robert 

McIntosh, Ben 

10-5 

16. 

 

5:20 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Frederick, Chris 

Unassisted 

11-5 

17. 

 

5:12 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Church, Robert 

Saputo, Nick 

12-5 

18. 

 

4:32 

DREXEL  

EVEN 

Prosser, Aaron 

Unassisted 

13-5 

 

Wow …… WOW!  The field tilted toward the Towson goal and the boys just went full steam ahead.  Great to see a couple young bucks in Hank Brown and new guy on the scene Chris Frederick get goals during the flurry, but the untold story here was the work put in at the face off X.  Nick wasn’t as dominate as you would think going 7-12 during the quarter, but on 2 different occasions the wings came up with huge turnovers after a faceoff loss that really made that stat line feel like 9-12.  Additionally, Nick got the ball after a quick loss and turnover by Towson and he used the moment to race in and score his 4th of the season.  It was a great overall effort to put the game under full control.

 

The Fans – What a treat; WPF got things going around 1 and the place really started filling up around 2.  The sun was shining and Drexel Athletics rolled out the red carpet for all the alum that came out for this one.   While it’s always a great time to gear up for the game in the parking lot, it’s certainly a lot of fun to be right next to the teams as they come on and off the field for the lead up.  Either way it makes you wish more of the big games were played in the later spring every year, something the sport needs to think about.

 

The Dark

 

Turnovers / Clearing – This still seems to be a bit of an issue, and it doesn’t seem to be one glaring thing, just some bad decisions that puts pressure on themselves at times.  For the game the boys had 15 turnovers and cleared 13 of 17 chances.

 

Foot on the Throat – While the game was never really in doubt, Towson did come back to make it a 13-11 game with 5 minutes to go and a bad bounce here or there could have made things even closer.  When you got someone down, especially one of your major rivals, you have to put the foot on the throat and not let them get up. 

 

High Point

The new program will come to Vidas next weekend and give the Dragons a final tune up for before the second season starts.  A win would finish the record at 11-3 with a 8-0 home record, not much to talk about with this one, just don’t let something silly happen.

CAA’s

The top 3 seeds are set which means that Penn State will host the tournament and Drexel will face Towson in a rematch.  There was a rumor that the second seed would have a chance to host the tournament due to a conflict at Penn State, but it was announced today that Happy Valley will in fact be the site of the Wednesday/Friday games to see who gets the automatic bid.  While the thought of hosting the games was exciting, Penn State won the right and they’ll get the home field advantage.  As alum and GA Kevin Stockel put it today on twitter: It doesn’t matter when or where, best believe were bringing it #DULax#CAAPlayoffs