Feb. 18, 2007
Charlottesville, Va. -
Drexel freshman Colin Ambler scored his only two goals of the game in the final 10 seconds to lift the Dragons to an 11-10 win over top-ranked Virginia in the season opener for both teams this afternoon at the UHall Turf Field.
The loss snapped UVa's 19-game home winning streak and was Drexel's first victory ever against Virginia. The loss is also UVa's first in the season opener in seven years.
Drexel outscored Virginia 8-4 in the second half, including scoring four of the game's final five goals, to rally from a three-goal deficit to gain the win.
Virginia's Ben Rubeor scored his fourth goal of the game on an extra-man situation early in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers a 9-7 lead. Rubeor paced the Cavalier offense with four goals and four assists.
Drexel won the ensuing faceoff and scored a man down goal as Kevin Dart raced past several UVa defenders and fired a shot past goalie Kip Turner to draw the Dragons within 9-8.
Freshman Greg Casey tied the game at 9-all with his second goal of the contest with 10:20 remaining.
Danny Glading scored with 6:43 remaining as Virginia regained the lead at 10-9. Glading finished with two goals and an assist.
Holding a one-goal advantage in the final minute, goalie Bruce Bickford got his hip on a shot by midfielder Steve Giannone with less than 30 seconds to play. The ball bounded to the restraining line where it was picked up by Drexel defenseman Adam Crystal, Once in their offensive zone, the Dragons called timeout with 16 seconds to play.
Coming out of the timeout, Ambler got free on the left side and took a pass from Andrew Chapman and quickly rifled a shot past Turner to tie the score with 10 seconds remaining.
Zak Fisher won the ensuing faceoff for Drexel and found Ambler on the left side for the game winner with three seconds remaining.
The Dragons took just 24 shots, while Virginia managed 46. They also won 13 of 22 faceoffs, including four of five in the fourth quarter.
Bickford, who made 22 saves against UVa last year, finished with 18 saves.
The Cavaliers travel to Long Island next Saturday for a match-up against Stony Brook. Drexel stays on the road with a contest at Lehigh.
Drexel 2-1-4-4--11 record: 1-0
#1 Virginia 4-2-2-2--10 record: 0-1
Scoring (G-A)--D: Andrew Chapman 3-1, Colin Ambler 2-1, Greg Casey 2-1, Kevin Dart 1-1, Mike Filippone 1-1, Jon Van Houten 1-1, Greg Dougherty 1-0, Zak Fisher 0-1. V: Ben Rubeor 4-4, Garrett Billings 3-1, Danny Glading 2-1, Brian Carroll 1-1, Drew Thompson 0-1.
Goalie Summary--D: Bruce Bickford 60:00 mins., 18 saves, 10 goals allowed. V: Kip Turner 59:37 mins., 6 saves, 10 goals allowed; Bud Petit 0:23, 0 svs., 1 ga.
Shots: D--24, V--46
Ground Balls: D--37, V--43
Clearing: D--19x24, V--25x28
Faceoffs: D--13, V--9
Penalties: D--10-7:30, V--3-2:00
EMO: D--1x3, V--2x9