Drexel vs. Pennsylvania
February 21, 2009
The Game Story:
Philadelphia Ė Penn scored the first four goals of the game and held off Drexel, 9-8, in menís lacrosse action at Vidas Field. The Quakers led by three with just under 10 minutes to play before Drexel made a comeback that fell just short.

The Dragons (0-2) trailed 9-6 with 9:47 to play after Pennís (1-0) Joe Kelly scored an unassisted goal. Drexel began its comeback less than two minutes later when Dana Wilbur picked off an errant pass by Penn goalkeeper Greg Murray just past midfield. Wilbur fed Colin Ambler, who broke in down the right side and scored in the vacated net. The Dragons made it a one goal game with 2:57 left when Ambler took a pass from Scott Perri on the man-up to make it 9-8. Penn won the face-off and retained possession until the final minute. Drexel finally got the ball, but one of the Dragons went offside, giving the Quakers the ball, and Penn ran out the clock and came away with the victory.

Penn led after one period, 3-0 and added another goal in the first minute of the second quarter when Alex Weber scored an unassisted goal. The Dragons scored the next three goals, capped by a Perri unassisted goal with 2:16 left, and the teams went to intermission with Penn ahead, 4-3. The Quakers, who never trailed in the game, scored the first two goal of the second half. Al Kohart put home his second of the game and Craig Andrzejewski followed with his only goal of the game less than two minutes later.

Kohart, Weber and Garvey Heiderman each finished with a pair of goals for the Quakers, who won their season-opener. Perri, Ambler and freshman Kyle Bergman each had two for the Dragons. Greg Murray made 11 saves for the Quakers. Freshman Mark Manos, starting his second collegiate game, made 12 saves in a losing cause for the Dragons.

Penn outshot the Dragons 37-29 and won the face-off battle, 12-9. The Quakers won eight of the last nine draws in the game. Pennís Joe Kelly picked up six ground balls to lead all players. Drexel All-American candidate Matt McCormick had five ground balls.

Drexel is off until next Saturday when Binghamton comes to Vidas Field.