Drexel vs. Delaware
April 2, 2011
The Game Story:
Philadelphia – Delaware rallied from a three-goal deficit at halftime to defeat Drexel at Vidas Field, 9-7. The No. 18 Blue Hens were down 5-2 at intermission, but scored seven goals in the second half to complete the comeback and stay unbeaten in CAA play.

Delaware (7-3, 3-0 CAA) took the lead for good with just under 10 minutes left in the contest. John Mills gave Delaware a 7-6 lead after being set up by Connor McRoy. On the ensuing face-off, neither team could get possession, and while the ball was loose, Drexel's (5-5, 1-2) Garrett McIntosh was called for a cross-check. That gave the Hens an extra-man opportunity, and they capitalized when Brendan Gilson scored at the 9:02 mark, putting Delaware up by two goals at 8-6. The Dragons cut the lead down to one when Drexel's All-American candidate Scott Perri set up Nick Trizano's second goal of the game with 5:47 to play, but that was as close as the Dragons could get the rest of the way. The Dragons' defense forced a few turnovers in the final minutes, but the offense was unable to answer. Delaware got an insurance goal when Kaleikau scored on an empty net with 1:17 to play.

The Blue Hens got back in the game in a hurry with a huge fourth quarter. Nick Diachenko started Delaware's comeback just 61 seconds into the second half with his only goal of the game. Nick Elsmo's unassisted goal 43 seconds later trimmed the Drexel lead to just a goal. That was also short lived as Justin Martinelli set up Sean Finnegan at the 9:09 mark to tie the game at 5-5. The Blue Hens took the lead with their fourth straight goal with 8:03 left when Grank Kaleikau fed Eric Smith racing towards the left side of the cage. Smith went behind the back to beat Mark Manos and give the Hens the lead. Drexel finally stopped the run when Brendan Glynn took a pass from Scott Perri stationed behind the net and rifled a shot past Noah Fossner to even the score at 6-6. Delaware won five of six face-offs in the period.

Drexel led 5-2 at intermission and held the Blue Hens scoreless for the entire second quarter. Delaware opened the scoring when Finnegan scored in the early minutes of the first quarter. Drexel scored four of the next five goals to take what seemed a commanding lead to intermission. Robert Church had two of the goals, while Trizano, Perri and Kyle Bergman also found the back of the net.

Perri finished the game with three assists and four points, and now has 42 points in 10 games this season. Church had three points and Trizano scored twice in a losing cause. Manos had six saves for Drexel as the Dragons lost their second straight game.

Fossner made 10 saves for the Blue Hens, including four in the fourth period, two of which came from right in front of the net. Kaleikau had three points to lead the Hens' offense, while Finnegan had two goals.

Drexel heads to Penn State next Saturday to face the Nittany Lions in a pivotal CAA contest. Penn State is 2-0 in league play this season.