February 20, 2013

Drexel Doubles Up La Salle

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel women's lacrosse team topped La Salle, 12-6, in their home opener at Vidas Field on Wednesday night. Drexel held a 7-4 advantage over the Explorers at halftime, and went on to score five more goals in the second half to secure the victory. The Dragons won 16 draw controls to La Salle's four. The win improved the squad to 2-0 overall, while the Explorers fell to 1-1 on the season.

With just 47 seconds off of the clock, senior Kelli Joran received the ball from Alissa Watts and fired it past La Salle's Maura Malone giving the Dragons a one-goal lead. At 27:37, the Explorers' Caitlyn Brostrand tied the game, 1-1. Drexel followed with four straight goals extending its lead to 5-1. In the last five minutes of play in the first, Joran registered two goals. La Salle's Brostrand added a quick goal in the last 17 seconds to cut the deficit to three goals, 7-4. The Dragons won 10 of 12 draw controls in the first half.

Junior attacker Kelli Palace opened up the second half with a free position goal followed by another score less than a minute later. While La Salle added two more goals, it wasn't enough to outlast Drexel. The Dragons outscored the visiting Explorers, 5-2, in the final 30 minutes of play and picked up their second straight win of the year. Freshman Emily Duffey recorded her first collegiate goal with less than three minutes remaining in the contest. She added her second goal of the season in the following possession.

Kopenhaver and Joran each tallied five draw control wins, which helped the Dragons gain momentum into the attacking end off of each restart. Joran finished with three goals and two assists for a team-high of five points. Kelly Palace also recorded three goals for a new career-high. Amanda Norcini added two scores, along with points by Alissa Watts and Kristin Kopenhaver.

Senior Alyse Maiden and Watts had two assists each. Maiden is now tied for fifth on the Dragons' all-time leaderboard with 41 career assists.

On the defensive end, Amanda Norcini led the squad with a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley posted a career-high seven saves. She now has 13 stops on the season for Drexel.

The Dragons will return to action on Saturday, February 23 at Penn. The game is set for 1:00 p.m. at Franklin Field.

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