March 17, 2012

Drexel Upends UMBC on Kovar's Game-Winner With 10 Ticks Left

from press release

Philadelphia — Senior midfielder Lindsey Kovar scored the game-winning goal off of a free position shot in the final 10 seconds of the game as the Dragons rallied past UMBC, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon at Vidas Field. The Drexel women's lacrosse team trailed by two points at the end of the first half, but the Dragons outscored UMBC 4-1 in the second half to extend their winning streak to five. Drexel outshot the Retrievers, 25-19, and won 11 draw controls to UMBC's seven. The Dragons are now 7-2 overall, while UMBC dropped to 3-5 on the season.

Drexel's Kristin Kopenhaver tied her season-high with seven draw control wins and two caused turnovers. Senior attacker Jaclyn Klunder recorded a new season-best with a pair of caused turnovers.

UMBC scored two goals in the opening minutes of the game, but Drexel's Alissa Watts tallied a free position goal looking to create momentum for the Dragons. After turnovers by both teams, the Dragons regained possession and worked the ball around until Amanda Norcini found an open path to the goal. Norcini's goal tied the game, 2-2. At 18:31, UMBC's Emily Coady answered back with an unassisted goal. The Retrievers won the draw control, but quickly lost the ball. The Dragons earned a free position attempt, but didn't shoot and worked the ball around. Jaclyn Klunder tied the game after a pass from teammate Charlotte Wood, 3-3.

With less than 16 minutes remaining in the first half, Amanda Norcini had a successful free position attempt to give the Dragons their first lead of the game, 4-3. Norcini caused another UMBC turnover and cleared the ball down field. Alissa Watts registered an unassisted goal to extend the lead to two. The Retrievers went on a four-goal run and led 7-5 at half. UMBC had 14 shots to Drexel's nine in the first.

After nine minutes into the second half, Drexel's Charlotte Wood was able to put the ball past UMBC's Anna Barnett. Both teams had tight defense and didn't give up another goal until the 10-minute mark when UMBC's Abby Wilson scored an unassisted goal to bring the lead back to two, 8-6. Directly following the goal, UMBC was given a yellow card. Amanda Norcini took advantage of the man-up opportunity and converted on her free position attempt. With 7:17 remaining, senior Jaclyn Klunder scored her second goal and tied the game, 8-8.

UMBC's Lindsey Cox had a chance to take the lead, but shot just wide in her free position attempt. Jocelyn Quaile scooped up the loose ball and sprinted down the field. At 1:39, Lindsey Kovar shot the ball towards the left side of the goal, but Anna Barnett kept the Retrievers in the game with another big save. The Dragons looked to have given up possession in the final seconds of play, but Kristin Kopenhaver came up with the ground ball. With 10 seconds left, Lindsey Kovar was fouled and scored the final free position attempt of the game. The Dragons outshot UMBC 16-5 in the second half.

Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea made six saves in the tightly contested women's lacrosse game. Santandrea now has 48 saves on the season. UMBC's Kendall Mason had three saves in the first half, while Anna Barnett posted seven stops in the second.

The Drexel women's lacrosse team travels to Denver on March 30 before returning to CAA play starting at George Mason on April 6.

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