March 14, 2012

Drexel Starts Fast, Finishes Off Drexel

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – The Drexel women's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four with an 18-8 win over the visiting Longwood Lancers on Wednesday night at Vidas Field. The Dragons took an early 5-0 lead in the first half, but the Lancers scored four unanswered goals to close the deficit to two at intermission, 7-2. The Dragons scored 11 goals in the second half to hold off Longwood. The Dragons improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 at home.

Senior captain Charlotte Wood led the team with five goals and set a season-high with three assists for eight points. Fellow senior Catalina Friscia knocked in a goal, tying her season-best. Redshirt freshman Alissa Watts tallied a season-best three goals against the Lancers. Junior midfielder Kelli Joran set a new season-high with eight draw control wins.

With just under three minutes of play, senior attacker Jaclyn Klunder put the ball past Longwood's Mollie Zimmerman off of a pass from teammate Charlotte Wood. The Dragons went on a five-goal spurt, but the Lancers' Jessica Rudloff closed the gap to four, 5-1, with 13:25 remaining in the first half. Longwood went on to score four unanswered goals. After a Longwood turnover, Drexel's Amanda Norcini pushed down the field and scored off a free position attempt to bring the lead back to two, 6-4.

The Dragons picked up momentum off of another turnover by the Lancers and worked the ball around until Charlotte Wood found Kelli Joran for an easy score. In final minutes of the first half, Longwood's Jamie Brentlinger tallied a free position goal. Goalkeeper Mollie Zimmerman made 10 saves and held the Dragons to a two-goal lead, 7-5, at half.

Kelli Joran opened up the second half with a quick goal, but less than thirty seconds later Longwood's Jamie Brentlinger closed the deficit to two points. Drexel's Kristin Kopenhaver won the following draw control and looked to put pressure on Longwood's defense. At 27:50, Alyse Maiden scored off of a pass from Amanda Norcini. The Dragons scored seven straight goals and expanded their lead to nine, 15-6. Drexel maintained the lead until the game-clock expired.

Sophomore goalkeeper posted six saves for the win. She now has 42 on the season. Longwood's Mollie Zimmerman had 18 stops.


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