Towson vs. Drexel
April 12, 2008
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. – Towson senior attackman Jonathan Engelke moved into fifth place on the Tigers' career goals list, but his three-goal, one-assist effort was overshadowed by a strong defensive effort from 10th-ranked Drexel as the Dragons (10-3, 3-1) won for the third time in the last four games with a 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Senior attackman Andrew Chapman scored three goals, including two in the first quarter, to lead Drexel to its first win over Towson since April 8, 1998, snapping a 10-game losing skid.

After Engelke gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead, the Dragons used a three-goal spurt over a five-minute span to take a 3-1 advantage with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Chapman scored two of the three goals during the run.

The Dragons extended their advantage to 5-1 with two goals in the first ten minutes of the second quarter before freshman attackman Tim Stratton ended a nearly 21-minute drought for the Tigers with his 11th goal of the season off a feed from junior midfielder Justin Schneider.

Senior midfielder Brian Vetter followed by scoring off a pass from freshman Matt Hanzsche to narrow the Towson deficit to 5-3. With 53 seconds remaining in the period, freshman attackman Scott Perri upped the Dragons’ edge to 6-3 with an unassisted goal.

With the Tigers trailing by three to start the second half, Stratton tallied his second goal of the game by converting a pass from senior midfielder Adam Hagelin to cut the Drexel lead to 6-4. Chapman tallied his third goal of the game with 8:50 remaining in the stanza to make the score 7-4 before Hagelin and Engelke scored back-to-back goals, narrowing the margin to 7-6.

However, the Dragons rallied with three straight goals over a six-minute span to extend their advantage to 10-6 with 1:17 left in the third quarter. With 37 seconds remaining in the period, Vetter tallied his second goal of the game past senior goalkeeper Bruce Bickford for a 10-7 Drexel advantage.

Less than three minutes into the fourth quarter, sophomore midfielder Ben Ganley earned his second goal of the season by scoring off an Engelke pass. Engelke cut the Tigers’ deficit to one goal with 5:25 remaining in regulation when he tallied his third goal of the game off a feed from senior attackman Blake Best.

But, the Drexel defense limited the Tigers to just one shot and forced Towson into a pair of turnovers over the final five minutes to earn the victory.

“I thought we had a lot of opportunities during the game,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “I thought we should have scored four goals in the first quarter and that was our story in the beginning of the year. The rest of the game, I thought we played pretty well and shot the ball better.

“We had a couple of breakdowns,” Seaman added. “We had two or three turnovers they were able to get second and third chances on. You can’t do that against good teams.”

Chapman led the Dragons with three goals while senior midfielder L.C. Moerschel added a pair of markers. Bickford made 13 saves for the Dragons, who were outshot by a 29-26 margin.

Engelke led the Tigers with three goals and an assist in a losing effort, moving into sole possession of fifth place on the Tigers’ career goals list. With 106 career goals, he passed Tom Nelson, ’76 on the career ledger.

The Tigers will finish their Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Friday evening when they host Villanova University at Unitas Stadium at 7:30 p.m.