March 30, 2009

Lehigh Snaps Drexel's Five-Game Winning Streak

from press release

Drexel women's lacrosse dropped an 11-6 decision to Lehigh as the Dragons lost their first home game this seasonand snapped a five-game winning streak. The Mountain Hawks improved to 8-3 with the victory while the Dragons dipped to 7-2. Drexel was led by Becca Drylie-Perkins who contributed two goals while Danielle Iacono chipped in with a goal and an assist. Lehigh's Kelly Draper scored three goals and registered two assists to lead the Mountain Hawks to their sixth victory in a row.

The teams exchanged goals early before Sara MacIntyre converted a free-position shot that started a 4-0 run for the visitors. Katie Lawson ended the run with a goal on a free-position shot with just under six minutes to play in the first period. Lehigh responded with its third eight-meter goal less than two minutes later as the Mountain Hawks appeared to be heading to halftime with a 6-2 lead. Just before the final whistle of the period, Nicole Musto calmly sent a ball to Ali Allen in front of the goal and the freshman converted with just 10 seconds remaining.

After halftime, Allison Thomas scored her second goal of the game to extend Lehigh's lead to 7-3. The Dragons battled back as Drylie-Perkins took an Iacono pass and scored with 24:44 to go in the game. Just over two minutes later, Iacono connected on a free-position shot as the Dragons appeared poised to mount a comeback. But with the Lehigh lead down to two goals, Draper notched her third goal of the game just 29 seconds after Iacono's score. The Mountain Hawks reeled off three straight goals following Draper's hat trick to put the game away. Charlotte Wood, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week, scored the game's last goal for Drexel.

Lehigh outshot Drexel, 25-19, while the Dragons committed a season-high 27 turnovers, 19 caused by the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh's leading scorer, Lauren Dykstra entered the game averaging four goals per contest but was held to just two against the Dragons. She did manage to cause a game-high six turnovers. Lauren LaBella made eight saves in the cage for Drexel while Kelsy Ferris stopped three shots in earning the victory.

The Dragons will open up their conference season on Friday, April 3 as George Mason visits Vidas Field for a 4:00 p.m. game.

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