Saint Joseph's vs. Drexel
March 25, 2014
The Game Story:
MEN'S LACROSSE HOSTS DREXEL UNDER THE LIGHTS ON TUESDAY Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications Release: 03/24/2014 Send this article to a friendPrintRSS More Sharing Services Related Links Live Stats Live Streaming Sign Up For Free Email Updates PHILADELPHIA The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team (6-2) will put its five-game winning streak to the test when the Hawks host Drexel (4-4) on Tuesday evening. Opening face-off in scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. Live streaming of the game will be available through NEC Front Row. For system requirements and best streaming practices, please visit: NEC Front Row. Redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee leads the team in points (29) on team-best 19 goals and 10 assists and has taken 76 shots, landing 40 on goal, for a .526 SOG percentage heading into Tuesday. Junior midfielder Mike Dougherty has tallied 11 goals and eight assists entering SJUs eighth contest of the season. Fresh off of a four-goal effort at Michigan, freshman attackman Michael Rastivo owns 10 goals as the scoring trio have combined for 49 percent of SJUs goals. McGee has registered at least one goal through each of the Hawks eight games this season while Dougherty has recorded at least one point in 11 consecutive games dating back to April 20 of last season. On the defensive end, sophomore John Winchell (24GB) and junior Will Farrell (13GB, 13CT) anchor SJUs backfield. Senior midfielder Will Abbott has seen a majority of SJUs opportunities at the X and sports a .568 percentage (46-of-81); all three of SJUs face-off specialists own over .500 averages, led by freshman midfielder Mike Lanham's .667 percentage (36-of-54). Junior goalkeeper Dustin Keen (5-1) has won his last five games in net and owns 54 saves while allowing just 40 goals in 345:00. Keen sports a .574 save percentage and his 6.96 goals-against average ranks him third nationally. SCOUTING DREXEL Drexel (4-4) is coming off of an 11-9 home loss against Hofstra on Sunday. The Dragons are 2-1 against ranked teams, including wins over #11 Albany and #19 St. John's. Cole Shafer (18G, 14A), Ben McIntosh (22G, 7A), and Nick Trizano (18G, 9A) lead a Drexel offense that ranks sixth nationally with 7.88 assists per game while Nick Saputo ranks sixth nationally with a .658 face-off percentage (121-of-184) and ranks fourth nationally with 10.25 ground balls per game. Goalkeeper Will Gabrielsen sports a 10.25 goals-against average and .550 save percentage in 421:32. SERIES HISTORY AGAINST THE DRAGONS The Hawks will look for their second win in program history against the Dragons as Saint Joseph's is 1-20 all-time against Drexel. The Hawks have played the Dragons once every season since the SJU men's lacrosse program was started in the 1993 season. SJU's only victory over Drexel came in the form of a 10-9 win on April 1, 2000. COMMON OPPONENT Saint Joseph's and Drexel both defeated NEC member Robert Morris this season. The Dragons downed the Colonials 18-12 on March 1 while the Hawks defeated RMU 11-8 on March 9. LAST TIME OUT Recap | Box Score On Saturday, March 22, SJU defeated Michigan, 15-6, at Michigan Stadium to extend its win streak to five games and to improve to 6-2 overall. Attackmen Michael Rastivo and Pat Swanick scored four goals apieice as SJU exploded for a 9-1 run over the course of nearly 24 minutes to dominate on the attack. NEC HONORS... x2 After leading the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team to its fifth straight win with a 15-6 victory at Michigan on Saturday, sophomore attackman Pat Swanick and junior goalkeeper Dustin Keen have been named the Northeast Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week and Defender of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. Swanick's honor marks the fourth NEC Player of the Week award for Saint Joseph's while Keen is the first Hawk to earn the league's defensive honor this season. LEADING THE NATION Per the NCAA National Rankings released on Monday, March 24, for the second week in a row, Saint Josephs leads the nation in man-down defense, with a value of .889. SJU opponents have had 27 extra man opportunities and have only scored on three of those possessions as the Hawks have held their opponents to an EMO conversion percent of .111. HAWKS IN THE NEWS Glenn Papazian of PhillyCollegeSports.com covered SJUs most recent home win, a 7-4 victory over Richmond, on Saturday, March 15. To read his article, which includes quotes from Saint Josephs head coach Taylor Wray and highlights from the game, please click: READ ARTICLE. ON A ROLL Saint Josephs has won its last five games and six of its last seven to own a 6-2 overall record heading in Tuesday's game. The last time the program won five consecutive games in the same season was in 2007. SJU's 6-2 overall record is the program's most successful record through eight games since the 2000 team posted a record of 6-2 through its first eight games. The Hawks sport a 5-0 record for games played through March; the last time SJU went 5-0 through the month of March was 14 years ago when the 2000 team won its first six games of the season, all in March, en route to a 6-2 record through eight games played in March. With five wins, the Hawks match their total number of wins from last season with six games remaining in the regular season. Their win over Michigan also marks the first time in school history that the men's lacrosse program has won four consecutive road games in the same season. STARTING IT UP Four Hawks have started all eight games thus far. Redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee and junior midfielder Mike Dougherty have been productive on the offensive end in their eight starts while sophomore John Winchell worked his way into a starting role on the defensive end. Freshman attackman Ray Vandegrift has been phenomenal in his eight starts; the rookie currently averages one point per game on four goals and four assists. MILESTONE WATCH: RYAN MCGEE Redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee currently owns 92 career points on 61 goals and 31 assists to sit just 8 points shy of 100 for his career. With 61 career goals, McGee is just nine tallies shy of cracking SJU's all-time record list for career goals while his 31 career assists are just 10 shy of SJU's all-time record list for career assists. With his nine-shot effort against Michigan, McGee cracked SJU's all-time list for career shots and jumped all the way to seventh with 218. HOME SWEET HOME Saint Josephs plays four of its next five games at home and will begin the homestand by hosting Drexel tomorrow, March 25 at Sweeney Field. The Hawks are 2-0 at home in 2014 and have outscored their opponents 25-14.