From the Field

From the Field

UPenn and Lehigh Scrimmage - 2/4/12

 

After a month of beating on each other in practice, it was time for the team to play against new blood Saturday at Franklin Field. Drexel went up against two solid teams, UPenn and Lehigh in back to back scrimmages. 

UPenn was first up on the agenda for Drexel. Coming out strong Drexel built a 5-2 lead at halftime and by the third quarter the lead was 8-2. The Drexel defense played well forcing UPenn to take bad shots, and played well as a collective unit. The veteran play of Mark Manos, Frank Tufano, Dana Wilber and Brian Teuber was evident in the confidence they brought to the game. UPenn wasn’t able to really develop any plays against our defense. Offensively, the Drexel midfield took it to the UPenn defense. The midfield scored 6 of the first 7 goals. With attackmen Nick Trizano absent for the first half due to a class conflict, it was nice to see the Dragons have two solid lines of midfield to pick up the slack. Freshmen Mason Pynn (2,0) looked comfortable on the field and scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Senior Captain Kevin Stockel (0,2) who is back for his senior year after a season ending injury last season. Kyle Bergman (1,2) and Aaron Prosser (2,0) both added much needed offensive scoring power to the day as well. It was great to see the reserves in the fourth quarter where they were able to get game time action. Mitch Desnoo and Andrew Vivian both tallied late goals to solidify the Drexel win against West Philly rivals UPenn. Drexel can build on many of the great plays that happened in the game, and it was great to see Drexel continue to beat up on 33rd street rival UPenn in both scrimmages this year (One scrimmage in the Fall).

 

The second contest was played on the new turf field right next to Franklin Field against Lehigh. With no rest time in between games, Drexel was at it again fighting and scrapping for loose balls. The Dragons never really found a rhythm offensively and gave up most of their goals in transition on the defensive side. Coach Voelker was mixing and matching many lines through out the final three quarters to see how many of the rookies would fair in the game playing with the starters. At half the score was 4-4. The Drexel defense did a solid job of doubling and forcing turnovers in the first half of the contest.  Sophomore defensemen Matt Dusek was a surgeon with his stick picking up ground balls and causing many turnovers in the first half. The offense was stagnant most of the game against Lehigh.  Robert Church and freshmen midfielder Ryan Belka are healthy, but were sat during most of the second game so they could rest nagging injuries sustained in previous weeks. Once again, Mason Pynn was a bright spot for the Dragon middies. Brendon Glynn found the back of the net and assisted on a couple of goals during the first half as well. The reserves found more action verse Lehigh and worked hard in trying to adjust their game from the practice field to the game field. Mitch Desnoo once again found the back of the net and laid out the lumber with a bone crushing hit in front of the Lehigh crease.

Drexel was back at it on Monday and Tuesday breaking down film from the scrimmages. The players are hard at work preparing for their opening day match up versus defending champions Virginia.

Overall, Drexel played well in many offensive and defensive series. It is important to build on the good and bad plays made through out the day so Drexel can become a well-rounded team to play deep into May. 

 

UMBC Scrimmage - 2/11/12

 

Drexel was back at it again, but this time home in West Philly at Vidas Field. The snow held up for the perfect amount of time and Drexel was able to get another warm up game under their belts. UMBC came with a solid squad this year and gave us a good look to run our offense and defense.

Drexel showed to be better coached and skilled through out the contest. Goals from Kyle Bergman, Ben Mcintosh and Aaron Prosser wowed the fans with their speed and accuracy and brought the Drexel team to a 4-1 halftime lead. The Drexel defense once again had a solid effort and was lead by Mark Manos. Manos had some amazing saves in the first half that sparked the defense to play well through out.

Drexel had solid control through out the game making it 8-3 after the third quarter. Once again, Ryan Belka and Robert Church were sidelined in the contest to rest up injuries so they will be 100% for the UVA game. Nick Trizano and Brendan Glynn were able to find each other through out the contest to add chemistry to the attack unit with Church’s absence.

Overall, Drexel played well in many offensive and defensive series during their three scrimmages. It is important to build on the good and bad plays made through out the games so Drexel can become a well-rounded team to play deep into May. 

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