MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Drexel rallied from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game on two occasions, but Robert Morris scored the game-winner with just 1:32 to play and defeated the Dragons, 15-14. Max Simple scored a career-high seven goals and added an assist in the loss. The Dragons are now 4-4 on the season as they head into conference play beginning next week.
The Dragons trailed 13-10 with 11:30 to go, but rattled off three straight goals to even the score. Sean Donnelly and Semple had goals within 23 seconds to make it a one goal game and the Dragons tied it when charles dumas found Jack Mulcahy, who netted the game-tying score. It stayed even until the final two minutes. Robert Morris (4-4) took the lead with 1:49 to go when Carson Kealey got by the Drexel defense after a turnover. He was at the top of the crease one-on-one with ross blumenthal and made it 14-13. Drexel’s Mike Lenskold won the ensuing face-off and George Grippo picked up the loose ball. He set up Semple for his seventh of the day just 11 seconds after the Colonials tied it. Bo Columbo of Robert Morris then won a face-off clean and scored the game-winner with 1:32 to play just six seconds after Semple’s score. Drexel had multiple chances to tie the game again, but was called for a crease violation with under a minute to go. Robert Morris then committed a turnover of his own, giving the Dragons the ball back with around 30 seconds to play. Donnelly’s shot couldn’t connect and the Dragons were unable to come up with the loose ball in the final 10 seconds and get a shot off as the Colonials escaped with the win.
Semple’s seven goals were the most for a Drexel player in more than three years. Reid Bowering was the last Dragon to score seven when he turned the trick against Michigan. Semple also had an assist to finish with eight points. Donnelly and Coll each had a pair of goals and an assist, while Mulcahy finished with a goal and two assists. Blumenthal made 13 saves in his return from him. Drew McGill came in during the third quarter and had four saves before being replaced due to injury.
Robert Morris outshot Drexel, 46-39, in a turnover-filled contest. The Colonials gave it away 21 times, while Drexel had 19 turnovers in the game. Kealey scored six goals to lead the way. Jared Boudreau and Dan Taddio each finished with four points. Nate Randall had seven saves in the first half, while Ben Savick played in the second half and had three stops.
Drexel led by two early in the game and held a 4-3 lead after the first 15 minutes despite not winning a face-off. Blumenthal, returning to action after missing the last three weeks with an injury, was a big reason why as he turned aside six shots in the first quarter. Semple scored three goals in the first quarter and Aidan Cole had Drexel’s other goal.
Robert Morris had a big second quarter, scoring four of the five goals in that frame. Kealey had two of those goals. including an easy transition score off a Drexel turnover. It was one of six Dragon miscues in the second. Donnelly had Drexel’s only goal in the second period as the Colonials took a 7-5 lead to the half. The lead got to four early in the third before Drexel scored three straight goals to make it 9-8. Coll had a goal sandwiched around two Semple scores as Drexel gained some momentum. The teams swapped goals, but with just three seconds remaining on the third quarter clock, Taggart Clark pushed the Colonials’ lead to two goals entering the fourth.
The Dragons head back home to Philadelphia and will face Townson on Saturday afternoon. It will be the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.