|Jeff Pfeffer scored three goals in the first half to lead Drexel to an 8-4 victory against Binghamton in a non-conference game at Franklin Field. Drexel scored seven unanswered goals to end the first half on the way to its fourth-straight win. The Dragons improved to 4-1 on the season.|
Matt Musci got the Dragons on the board just two minutes in when he scored on the extra man to give Drexel an early lead. It was the first of two goals for Musci, who also had an assist. The Bearcats (0-3) tied the game when Scott Mitchell took a feed from Matt McNamara and beat Drexel goalkeeper Bryan Maggio. It turned out to be the only goal Binghamton would score in the half. Pat Simpson scored 18 seconds later to give the Dragons the lead for good. Pfeffer and Musci each had a goal in the final minutes of the quarter to give Drexel a 4-1 lead.
The second quarter was all Drexel as the Dragons won all five face-offs and scored four more goals. Pfeffer and Greg Dougherty each tallied twice in the quarter. Dougherty finished with three points.
Binghamton mounted a comeback in the third quarter. McNamara scored a pair of goals to cut the lead to 8-3 with 7:47 to play in the third. There would be no more scoring until Binghamton's Brian Chaapel found the back of the net with just over four minutes to play. Binghamton held Drexel scoreless in the second half and without a shot in the fourth quarter, but the Dragons defense and Maggio held on for the win. Maggio made seven saves in the cage for the Dragons. His counterpart for Binghamton, Kevin McKeown, came up with six saves in a losing effort.
Drexel returns to action on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. The Dragons face St. John's University in a game scheduled to start at noon.