March 1, 2013

Drexe Makes It Four Straight, Beats St. Joe's

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – The Drexel women's lacrosse team won its fourth straight game with an 8-6 victory over Saint Joseph's on Friday afternoon at Finnesey Field. The win also marked the teams' fourth consecutive win over a Philadelphia-area school. Sophomore Joelle Hartke's back-to-back goals helped Drexel break a late 6-6 tie. The Dragons held an 18-13 advantage in shots, while the Hawks won 14 draw controls to Drexel's 10. Drexel is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 on the road.

After 15 minutes of play, Drexel had a two-goal lead against Saint Joseph's. Opposing attacker Julia Falcone evened the score with two goals. With 7:15 remaining in the first, Alyse Maiden passed the ball off to Kelli Joran, who fired the ball past the Hawks' goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin. At 2:06, Saint Joseph's Meghan McDevitt came from behind the right side of the cage and placed the ball into the opposite corner of the cage to tie the game, 3-3, leading into halftime. The Hawks outshot Drexel, 9-7, and won four draw controls to the Dragons' three.

In the opening seven minutes of the second half, Rudloff connected with Joran moving the Dragons ahead by one-goal, 4-3. With 19:59 remaining on the clock, the Hawks' Abby Ananian scored an unassisted goal, 4-4. Kopenhaver won the following draw control allowing Drexel to gain momentum into the attacking end. Norcini scored with an assist by Joran. Less than a minute later, Joran scored an unassisted goal to extend the Dragons' lead to two, 6-4.

Saint Joseph's Julia Falcone posted two more points, which brought the game to its fourth tie of the day. At 5:27, Kopenhaver had a free position attempt, but didn't take the initial shot passing the ball to Joelle Hartke, who fired the ball into the top of the cage to regain the lead, 7-6. With just under two minutes remaining, Harke had a free-position attempt to give the Dragons a two-goal lead, 8-6. The Dragons were able to swing the ball around the Hawks' defensive end until the game clock ran down to zero.

Joran scored her fourth straight hat trick of the year leading the team with three goals and four points. Hartke recorded a pair of goals and draw controls for a new career-high. Rudloff, Kopenhaver and Norcini also scored for the Dragons. Rudloff posted a career-high with two assists in the win. Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley made three saves combining for 21 on the season.

Drexel will return to action on Wednesday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. as the Dragons host Villanova at Vidas Field.

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