Drexel vs. Towson
April 21, 2007
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior attackman Jonathan Engelke gave Towson the 2007 Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and the top seed in the league’s upcoming tournament when he scored with 15 seconds remaining to lift Towson to a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over Drexel Saturday night.

The win improved the 17th-ranked Tigers to 8-4 on the year. They finish their league schedule with a 5-1 record. The 15th-ranked Dragons, who were 4-0 in CAA play going into the contest, can’t catch the Tigers for the regular season title or the home advantage throughout the playoffs that begin May 2nd. Drexel, having its best season ever, dropped to 10-4 with the loss.

The Tigers had fallen behind 8-6 with 4:59 left to play in the game when Drexel’s Greg Casey shook loose to score point blank on Towson goalkeeper Matt Antol.

Senior face-off middie Matt Eckerl then went to work, winning the keyy draws to set up the Tigers’ final goals.

Engelke gave Towson hope when he took a feed from senior attackman Bobby Griebe and rammed home a goal with 3:11 left, closing the gap to 8-7. Junior midfielder Brian Vetter got a sharp pass from sophomore attackman Randall Cooper to score from way out with 29 seconds left, setting up Engelke’s heroic effort.

Eckerl dug out the ensuing faceoff. His shot was wide but Cooper alertly picked up the ground ball behind the cage, flipped it to Griebe who found Engelke for the bounce shot and the game winner.

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the first 2:38 of the game on goals by Adam Hagelin and Justin Schnieder. But that would be it for the Tigers for quite a while as they went the next 30:59 without lighting up their side of the scoreboard.

Drexel, meanwhile took off on a 4-0 run, scoring twice on goals by Ron Garling and Colin Amber to knot the score at 2-2 at the half. The Dragons tallied twice in the third period to go up 4-2 in their bid to beat Towson for just the fourth time in 37 meetings.

Freshman attackman Eric Boyle stopped the bleeding when the scooped a loose ball in front of Drexel’s crease for a put back with 1:23 remaining in the third session. A wild fourth quarter, however, was to follow.

Hagelin tied the game at 4-4 early in the final quarter. But then Drexel threatened the run away with the game when the Dragons scored three unanswered goals for a 7-4 lead. Freshman midfielder Cryder DiPietro and Vetter scored less than a minute apart to narrow Drexel’s lead to 7-6 with 5:58 to play. The Dragons came right back with Casey’s goal for an 8-6 Drexel lead, setting up Towson’s three-goal run that won it for the Tigers in the final 3:11 of the game.

Antol finished the game with 12 saves. Drexel’s Bruce Bickford had 15 saves.

The Tigers are back in action again next Saturday afternoon when they host Johns Hopkins in Johnny Unitas Stadium at 1:00 p.m. in their final regular season game.