Drexel vs. Villanova
April 11, 2007
The Game Story:
Philadelphia – Drexel’s Bruce Bickford made 16 saves and the Drexel defense held Villanova scoreless in the second half on its way to a 12-5 win at Vidas Field. Colin Ambler, Andrew Chapman and Jon Van Houten each scored three times as the 16th-ranked Dragons won for the fifth straight time. They are off to their best start ever in Colonial Athletic Association play with a 3-0 mark and are 9-3 overall. Villanova fell to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in CAA play.

Drexel led by 7-5 at the half and took control by scoring the final five goals of the game. Ambler started the run with a man-down goal at the 9:48 mark of the third. Just 47 seconds later Van Houten scored a man-up goal, the second of his three goals on the night, to put the Dragons up 9-5. Later in the period, Andrew Chapman scored on the extra man as Drexel went to the fourth quarter up by five. Van Houten and Chapman each added an insurance goal in the final period.

Villanova held a 3-1 lead early in the second period as the Wildcats controlled possession for most of the first quarter. Eric Heidenberger opened the scoring in the second minute of the game. The Dragons tied it at the 12:04 mark of the first on a Ron Garling goal. Mark Scioscia put the ‘Cats up by a pair with a goal late at 7:11 of the first period and in the early stages of the second period. The Drexel offense awoke in the last 11 minutes of the half, scoring six straight times to put the Dragons up 7-3. Ambler had two goals in the stretch, including the final one at 2:32 on a feed from Mike Filippone. Villanova’s Mike Haas ended the 6-0 run with a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the first half.

The Dragons were able to hold the ‘Cats scoreless in the second half despite losing all six of the face-offs in the final two periods. Bickford made five saves in both the third and fourth quarter. Villanova’s face-off specialist Chris Colliniates won 16 of his 20 face-offs and had 12 ground balls.

The Drexel special teams were outstanding on a cold rainy night in University City. The Dragons scored on four of their five extra-man chances and held Villanova without a man-up goal on six chances. FIlippone and Casey each handed out two assists for Drexel. Garling finished with a pair of goals and an assist.

The Dragons play two of their final three regular season games on the road. Drexel will travel to Robert Morris on Saturday for a CAA contest beginning at 1 p.m. Drexel will host Towson on Senior Day the following Saturday.