Albany vs. Drexel
February 22, 2014
The Game Story:
ALBANY, N.Y. The Great Danes will play their home opener on Saturday, February 22nd at John Fallon Field, taking on Drexel at 1 p.m., writing another chapter in a series that started in 2002. Tickets for the UAlbany-Drexel game are $7 for general admission and $2 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. UAlbany went to #11 in the USILA Coaches Poll and remains at the same ranking in the Warrior DI Media Poll. Drexel is unranked in each list but received votes in each poll on Week 1. UAlbany is coming off a battle with #1 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, coming back from down five but falling in overtime to the Orange 17-16 to enter Saturdays game at 0-1. Drexel had its own close game against a ranked opponent, coming back twice to tie #5 Virginia, but falling on a goal with 15 seconds left in an 11-10 defeat to stand at 0-1. Playing every year since 2002, the Dragons lead the overall series 7-5 after winning the last four games. Last season, UAlbany and Drexel played in a shootout, with the Dragons coming back from down six to win 20-19 in Philadelphia. The Thompson trio combined for 14 points against Syracuse, led by Ty Thompsons five goals. Lyle Thompson had a goal and five assists, while Miles Thompson, who has a goal each of his last 15 games and a point each of his last 38, got a goal and two assists. On the defensive end, Blaze Riorden saved 11 shots in goal on Sunday despite getting the defeat. Starting defensive players Eric Cantor, Cody Futia and Jon Newhouse all caused a turnover in the teams first game. Drexel finished second in the regular season in the CAA last year, including a victory over then top ten Hofstra, falling to Towson in the CAA semifinals to finish at 11-4. A Preseason Second Team All-American last season, senior midfielder Ben McIntosh leads the offense with 38 goals and 18 assists last season, being joined in the midfield by junior Ryan Belka, who finished 2013 with 27 goals and 17 assists. At attack is senior Nick Trizano, who led Drexel with five points, including four goals, in the teams opener against Virginia. The cage was protected with two different goalies against UVA; sophomore Will Gabrielsen started with five saves and 12 goals allowed, while sophomore Cal Winkelman finished with eight saves and five goals allowed.