PHILADELPHIA — Brown tallied two goals in the first half to defeat host Drexel, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vidas Field. The Bears improved to 13-2-3 overall, while the Dragons ended their season with a record of 12-4-3.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to continue playing this season,” head coach Patrick Laughlin said. “Drexel provided a very difficult challenge tonight, and it took all we had to be able to defeat them. We are looking forward to playing against, what I would consider, the best team in the country on Sunday in Maryland.”
The Bears didn’t waste much time generating offensive opportunities, taking four shots on goal in the opening eight minutes of play and scoring their first goal 16:54 into the match. First Team All-Ivy midfielder Thomas McNamara (hometown?) found the back of the net when he headed in a Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) corner kick. McNamara out-jumped his opponent, and headed the ball into the upper right corner of the goal past senior goalkeeper Tim Washam.
With under four minutes remaining in the first half, unanimous First Team All-Ivy defender Remick served a cross to the middle of the box from the left side. Sophomore Daniel Taylor (jumped up and headed the ball in to give the Bears a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.
“I think it was a good performance, coming in and playing in a tough environment,” said senior co-captain Ryan McDuff. “I was proud of the guys and the way we defended, especially in the first half.”
Senior Eric Robertson played phenomenal defense for the Bears this evening, deflecting a few big scoring opportunities by the Dragons to give the Bears their 11th shutout of the year. Joining Robertson in his efforts were Remick, Alex Markes and McDuff.
“I thought we played very well, as it’s always hard going away to play, especially in the NCAA Tournament,” said Remick. “I thought we battled Drexel very well. We had a great game plan set in motion, and the guys delivered it.”
The Bears outshot Drexel 10-6 in the first half, but the Dragons led 14-5 in the second to end the game with a 20-15 advantage.
Second Team All-Ivy goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss recorded his 10th shutout, improving to 13-2-3. Drexel’s Washam also earned five saves in net to end the year at 12-3-3.