Lafayette vs. Drexel
February 25, 2006
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - Five different players scored a combined six goals in the third quarter as Drexel pulled away for a 13-8 win over Lafayette in men's lacrosse action at Rappolt Field. Saturday's game was the season-opener for the Leopards.

Senior Leo Stinson, who made the move from midfield to attack prior to the season, led the way for Lafyaette with a game-high four goals, scoring one in each of the four quarters. Junior Trevor Ortolano and senior Mike Scolaro each had two goals apiece.

Lafayette opened play by taking a two-goal lead just seven minutes into the game on scores by Ortolano (13:39) and Scolaro (8:48). The Leopards led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter as Stinson and Ortolano each added a goal in the final five minutes.

In its second game of the season, Drexel seemed to capture the momentum in the second quarter, first taking advantage of a man-up opportunity 40 seconds in when Toni Cohen hit the back of the net to close the Lafayette lead to 4-3. Two minutes later, Stinson scored his second goal of the game (12:46), but Drexel responded with three unanswered goals by Jesse Rumble, Greg Dougherty and Chris O'Connor to lead 6-5 at the half.

The third quarter proved to be the decisive period. Drexel outscored Lafayette 6-1 and took a 12-6 advantage into the intermission. The Dragons' spread the ball around, as five different players scored goals with Rumble the only player with two tallies (8:51, 3:27). Rumble finished the afternoon with four goals.

Stinson and Scolaro each scored a goal in the fourth quarter for the Leopards to close the final margin to 13-8. Sophomore Andrew Horton assisted on the final two goals of the game and finished with three assists on the day.

Freshman Jeff Canfield was in the net for the Leopards, allowing 13 goals while making seven saves in 60 minutes. His Drexel counterpart, Bruce Bickford, recorded 11 saves and surrendered eight goals.

For the game Drexel held a 30-24 advantage in shots while the ground ball battle was deadlocked at 32-32. Drexel won 14-of-25 face-offs with Mike Fillipone (8-15) and Bryan Maggio (6-9) splitting the duties. Lafayette converted two of its six extra-man opportunities while Drexel was 2-of-4.

Lafayette (0-1) will have six days off from game action before traveling to Quinnipiac on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.