Drew vs. Ursinus
March 4, 2009
The Game Story:
Drew's men's lacrosse season opened with a tough loss to visiting Ursinus, 8-6. The Rangers rallied from four goals down to tie the game with ten minutes left in the fourth period before the Bears got two late goals to sneak out winners. Drew had six different goal scorers while Ursinus got two each from Jason Orlando and Eric Farris, who had the game winner.

Drew started as cold as the weather at frosty Ranger Stadium. Ursinus jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Orlando's goal just two minutes into the game. After a sloppy first period of play, the Rangers finally tallied with three left as Sean McNulty ripped the net from distance.

At the start of the second, Drew actually took a 2-1 lead, though it would finish the period trailing by three. With 7:30 left in the period, the Rangers found a familiar formula to score. From behind the net, Mike Sayers found a cutting Jon Bucknam for a nice finish. The Bears answered immediately as Dan Monzo scored just 13 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2. Three minutes later, Jeff Ocampo's unassisted goal put the Bears up by one. At the three minute mark, it appeared that the Rangers had successfully killed off a penalty, but just a few seconds after going even they allowed a well worked goal as Orlando set up Eric Farris for a rocket. With one minute left in the half, Pat Gillen found Andrew Bean as the Bears took a 5-2 advantage. While Ursinus was scoring on one end of the field, the Rangers were shut down at the other by keeper Tony Aquilino. When Greg Reading's whistler smacked off Aquilino's helmet and then cleared the fence to end up in the parking lot, the Rangers could be forgiven for feeling hard done by.

Just 15 seconds after the break, the Bears capitalized on their keeper's outstanding performance by taking a 6-2 lead. Gillen was the scorer this time, set up by Pat Nagle.

With six minutes left in the period, the Rangers began to write their comeback story. A sweet individual goal from Greg Reading sparked the rally. The junior split a pair of defenders with a nice dodge before leaving Aquilino swinging at air with a frozen rope into the top corner. Two and a half minutes later Mike Sayers scored with a quick underhand rip after Bucknam found him in the middle. With Brad Mendelson making four saves in the period, Drew closed to 6-4.

The Rangers were running on all cylinders by this point and appeared to have closed to within one as McNulty scored from the top, but the goal was called back on an illegal screen. Just after that Sayers hit the side of the net with a near miss.

Drew finally pulled to 6-5 on a great goal from Mike Riccardi. The senior got possession on the defensive side of midfield before beating two defenders wide with speed. From a tight angle, he finished inside the far post at 10:43. Just 21 seconds later, Mike DeGiovanni highlighted a strong performance with a goal. After Jon Dowiak won another faceoff (he came out on top in 14-18 in the game), McNulty found DeGiovanni near the restraining line. The All-American left Aquilino no chance from ten yards out as Drew tied it up at 6-6.

With momentum fully with the Rangers, a come-from-behind win seemed to be in the cards, but the Bears struck back. Aquilino made a couple of nice saves before Farris scored the eventual game winner with 3:55 left in the fourth. It was pure power as he ripped home from the right side. With Drew pressing for a tie, Orlando secured the win with his second with just 2:49 left.

The win puts the Rangers on the back foot heading out to California for three games over the spring break. Ursinus evens its record at 1-1.