Drew vs. Moravian
April 17, 2007
The Game Story:
The Rangers led from the beginning and never let up as they turned in a fine display in defeated Moravian, 17-5, in men’s lacrosse action. Corey Helly (left) scored four goals, Sean McNulty had three and the Ranger defense held the Greyhounds to a solitary goal for the first three periods. With the win, Drew improves to 5-5 on the season, 4-3 in MAC play.

The Rangers jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first period of play. Sean McNulty had the opener with a driving left-handed effort into the corner after less than a minute of play. Jon Bucknam scored the next and assisted on Helly’s first. Tom Stitt and Helly finished out the scoring for Drew in the period with Dan Larson grabbing Moravian’s tally.

The second period saw only Helly’s third goal of the game though the Rangers continued to control the game through Jon Dowiak’s outstanding faceoff performance and a big advantage in ground balls.

The Rangers blew the game open in the third period, outscoring the Greyhounds 5-0. Helly’s outstanding individual effort opened the scoring as he picked up a ground ball in the Rangers’ defensive third and carried it all the way to the Greyhound goal before firing high and hard for his fourth goal of the game. A nice feed from Jon Bucknam set up Tom Stitt for the 8-1 lead. Stitt then set up McNulty before Gil Arbitsman and Bucknam each tallied for an 11-1 Drew lead at the end of three.

The Greyhounds rallied a bit in the fourth, notching four goals, two from Jason Tosches, but the Rangers still managed to widen the lead with six of their own. Steve Carnes’ first collegiate goal, another rocket from McNulty and unassisted goals from Dowiak and Dan Koterba highlighted the fourth for Drew.

As well as the offense played, scoring 17 against a team that had been allowing just eight in its last seven games, the defense was just as impressive. Though Michael Celentano did not have to make many saves, he came through on the few times the defense broke down. Ryan Francus continued his outstanding senior season with four more ground balls and Mike DiGiovanni had another inspired performance. The defense allowed just 19 shots and 10 on target.

Drew will hope to carry this momentum over to tomorrow night’s match against Swarthmore at 7:00 pm.