Drexel vs. Villanova
April 11, 2009
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - Kyle Bergman scored with less than six minutes to play to give Drexel a 9-8 win against Villanova at Vidas Field. The Dragons squandered a five-goal lead, but were able to rally to pick up the conference win.

Drexel held what seemed to be a commanding 7-2 lead at the half, but before the start of the fourth quarter, that lead was gone. Villanova scored five goals within a span of 4:07 late in the third period to tie it up. Matthew Fritts scored the first and the last of those five goals to make it 7-7 with 1:34 to play in the quarter.

The Dragons, who went a span of 17 minutes without a goal, finally broke the run when Colin Ambler came in from behind the net and scored with 13:33 remaining. That lead held until the 6:31 mark, when Tim Driscoll beat Drexel goalkeeper Mark Manos to tie the contest once again. Drexel countered quickly when Scott Perri fed Kyle Bergman, who fired a pass into the Wildcats’ cage with 5:47 left. That goal would prove to be the game-winner as the Dragons kept their playoff hopes alive with the 9-8 win. The Wildcats pressured Drexel in the final minute and came up with a turnover and possession with 30 seconds left. Tommy Nolan’s shot with 20 seconds left hit the post and the Dragons came up with the ball and the win.

Drexel’s offense fired on all cylinders early in the game. Adam Dennis, Greg Casey and Scott Perri each scored early goals to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead. Villanova got on the board early in the second period when C.J. Small scored an unassisted goal. Perri and Brian Neary put the Dragons up by four with 8:49 remaining in the first half. The ‘Cats cut it to 5-2 when Kevin Cunningham got on the board, but in the final two minutes, Colin Ambler scored a pair of goals within 15 seconds to put the Dragons ahead at the break, 7-2.

Ambler finished the day with three goals for Drexel. Perri had a pair of goals and assists, while Bergman and Casey each had two points. Cunningham, Fritts and Driscoll each scored twice for Villanova. The Dragons’ Manos was outstanding in the cage, making 16 saves including 10 in the first half and four more in the final period. Andrew Diloreto made six saves for the ‘Cats.

Drexel visits Sacred Heart next weekend before hosting arch-rival Delaware on Senior Day on April 25.