Drexel Downs William & Mary in CAA Opener
from press release
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Drexel women's lacrosse team defeated William and Mary, 11-9, in its first Colonial Athletic Association contest of the season. Freshman Emily Duffey broke an 8-8 tie in the second half before the Dragons went on a two-goal run to secure the victory. Drexel had six different players put points on the board and outshot the Tribe, 31-18. The Dragons also held a 12-9 advantage in draw controls. The team improved to 8-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Senior midfielder Kelli Joran won the opening draw control allowing the Dragons to set up first on the attacking end. With just under two minutes into the game, graduate attacker Jessica Rudloff tested the Tribe's defense and successfully converted on her free position attempt to give Drexel an early 1-0 advantage. At 27:58, Rudloff connected with Kristin Kopenhaver to extend the Dragons' lead to two goals. Following a blocked shot by William and Mary's goalkeeper Colleen Nofi, the Tribe picked up the rebound and pushed the ball downfield. Opposing attacker Kyrstin Mackrides netted a free position goal cutting Drexel's lead in half, 2-1.
At 21:00, William and Mary's Katie Stillwell tied the game. Six minutes later, sophomore attacker Alissa Watts knocked in a free position goal. After tightly matched play, the score was tied at four with 8:07 remaining in the first half. At the six-minute mark, Watts tallied her third goal giving Drexel its fourth lead of the night. Joran and freshman Emily Duffey also added points in the first half. The Dragons held a 7-4 advantage after 30 minutes of play and outshot the Tribe, 19-10.
Maiden extended the team's scoring run to four goals, 8-5, at the start of the second half. William and Mary registered three unanswered goals to even the score, 8-8. With 11:12 remaining on the clock, Duffey broke the tie with an unassisted goal, 9-8. Joran added two more goals. The Tribe's Jenna Dougherty scored a free position goal with 19 seconds to cut the lead to two goals. The Dragons won the final draw and secured its first conference match, 11-9.
Watts tied her career-high with three goals against the Tribe. Duffey also tied her season-best with a pair of goals. Joran scored her fourth hat trick of the season combining for 26 goals. She also led the team with six draw control wins. Maiden dished out two assists moving her to third on Drexel's all-time leaderboard with 51.
Defensively, Kopenhaver picked up four ground balls. Rudloff set a career-high with two caused turnovers. Norcini also caused a pair of William and Mary turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley collected seven saves. She now has 62 stops on the season.
The Dragons will return to action on Sunday, April 7 at Old Dominion. The game is set for 1:00 p.m.
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