April 13, 2012

Drexel Earns CAA Road Win at Delaware

from press release

NEWARK, Del. – The Drexel women's lacrosse team defeated Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware, 9-4, on the road. Drexel outshot the Blue Hens, 19-17, and won nine draw controls to Delaware's six. Alyse Maiden, Kelli Joran, Amanda Norcini, and Jaclyn Klunder all had a pair of goals for the Dragons. Drexel improved to 2-2 in the CAA and 9-4 overall.

Delaware's Caitlin McCartney looked to put points on the board early for the Blue Hens, but sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea made the save to hold the game scoreless. Drexel's Alyse Maiden came from behind the goal and fired a shot past Delaware's Alex Zaugra. At 26:13, Charlotte Wood had a successful free position attempt to extend the Dragons' lead to two. Maiden fed the ball to Jaclyn Klunder to extend the lead to three, 3-0.

At 19:48 remaining in the first half, the Blue Hen's Bridget Burns scored an unassisted goal. Following a Drexel turnover, Delaware's Angela Biciocchi cleared down the field allowing the Blue Hens to work the ball around. The Dragons' tight defense was able to break up the play and work back into the attacking end. Kelli Joran scored from teammate Charlotte Wood's pass broadening the lead to three, 4-1.

Following a saved shot, Wood knocked the ball out of the Blue Hens' Alex Zaugra's stick giving Drexel another chance to maintain possession. The Dragons had solid shots on goal, but were turned away by Zaugra. With just over seven minutes left in the first half, Delaware's Caitlin McCartney scored an unassisted goal. The Blue Hen's found the back of the goal again to close the gap to one, 4-3.

At 5:15, Kelli Joran answered back with an unassisted goal. Delaware's Shannon Burns won the following draw control and worked the ball down into Drexel's defensive end. At 3:53, the Blue Hen's Alisson Hahn scored an unassisted goal making it a one point game, 5-4, leading into halftime. Delaware outshot the Dragons, 13-12, in the first half. Both teams had five draw control wins.

After over 17 minutes of scoreless play in the second half, Amanda Norcini scores a free position goal, 6-4. With 6:53 remaining, Kristin Kopenhaver set up Jaclyn Klunder with an open shot and score from the middle. Norcini shot the ball over the left shoulder of the goalkeeper from Klunder's pass. At 1:12, Maiden scored Drexel's final goal. The Dragons controlled possession off the draw control and maintained the 9-4 lead until the game clock expired.

Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea made six saves. She now has 72 on the season. Opposing goalkeeper Alex Zaugra had nine stops.

The Dragons return to Vidas Field on Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. as the Dragons host CAA's Towson.

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