March 31, 2007
FAIRFIELD, CT (March 31, 2007) - Drexel's Colin Ambler and Andrew Chapman scored three goals apiece as the Dragons used a six goal fourth quarter to hand the Sacred Heart Pioneers a 10-3 loss in a Colonial Athletic Association match-up Saturday afternoon on Campus Field. The Pioneers fall to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the CAA with the loss while Drexel improves to 7-3 and 1-0 in league play.
The Pioneers (2-4, 1-1 CAA) dominated the first quarter of play statistically but managed just one goal in the first 15 minutes of action Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers out shot the Dragons 11-4, forced seven turnovers and picked up 10 ground balls but junior Tony Tanzi's (Mahopac, NY) unassisted marker at 2:09 would be the only scoring for either team in the first.
The Dragons (7-3, 1-0 CAA) tied it at 1-1 at 9:43 of the second as Ambler set up Chapman for his first of the day. The rest of the second belonged to Drexel as well as the Dragons tacked on two more scores to lead 3-1 at the half. Ambler scored man-up of a feed from Jon Van Houten at 5:51 followed by Chapman's second with just 20 ticks left in the quarter. The Dragons reeled off 16 shots in the second stanza to SHU's two.
SHU pulled within 3-2 at the 13:51 mark of the third as senior Mike Collins (Auburn, NY) converted a Tanzi pass into his third goal of the season. Drexel's Mike Filippone closed the scoring in the third with an unassisted tally at the 7:54 mark to give his team a 4-2 lead heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter was all Dragons as Drexel rattled off six-straight to blow the game open. Ambler got the run going at 13:46, unassisted, and Chapman finished it off at 3:29 with a man-up goal to give Drexel a commanding 10-2 lead. The Pioneers finally snapped the streak with a man-up goal of their own at 2:16 off the stick of senior Rory Morse (East Falmouth, MA) but the damage was done as the Dragons closed it out for the 10-3 win.
Drexel out shot SHU 44-16 over the second, third and fourth quarters while also winning 13 of 15 face-offs during their three quarter run. The Dragons won the ground ball battle with a 42-22 advantage on the day. Ambler added two assists to his three goals while Filippone finished with two scores and two assists. In goal, Bruce Bickford made 10 saves, four in the first quarter, to seal the win in cage. Zak Fisher won 11 of 12 face-offs and picked-up a team-high seven grounders.
The Pioneers got a career-high 15 saves from junior goalkeeper Ricardo Vargas (Falls Church, VA) in the loss.
Sacred Heart returns to action on Friday, April 6th when they travel to Towson University for a CAA battle scheduled for a 7:30 pm start.