March 6, 2013

Drexel Keeps Dominance of Philly with Nova Win

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – The Drexel women's lacrosse team defeated Villanova, 14-10, at Vidas Field on Wednesday night. The win marks the Dragons' fifth straight victory over a Philadelphia-area school. Villanova had an early two-goal lead in the first half, but Drexel went on a four-goal spurt and never trailed throughout the remainder of the contest.

Senior attacker Alyse Maiden led the offense and tied her career-high with four goals. The Dragons outshot Villanova, 30-15, and won 16 draw controls to the Wildcat's nine. Drexel improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 at home, while Villanova dropped to 1-3 on the season.

Villanova's Elise Bendinelli and Hannah Goforth gave the Wildcats a two-goal cushion in the opening minutes of the first half. At 23:22, junior Amanda Norcini answered back with an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to one, 2-1. Alyse Maiden, Kristin Kopenhaver and Kelli Joran continued the run helping Drexel to a 4-2 lead. With just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Villanova's Chelsey Henderson added another point brining the game within one-goal. The Dragons registered three more goals advancing to 7-3 at halftime.

After an unassisted goal by Maiden, the Wildcat's Maria Bowman scored in the following play closing the gap to four, 8-4. Drexel's Rudloff and Norcini added two more points to give Drexel a 10-4 advantage. In the following 10 minutes, both teams recorded three goals each. Kelly Palace netted her second goal of the night giving the Dragons' a 14-7 lead. Villanova scored three more goals, but wasn't enough to outscore Drexel. The Dragons tallied their fifth straight win of the season.

Rudloff tied her career-high with two goals. Joran, Norcini, Kopenhaver and Palace also added a pair of goals for the Dragons. Joran and Kopenhaver won five draw controls each. On the defensive end, Teresha Bradley and Amanda Santandrea both starred in Drexel's 14-10 win. Bradley now has 22 stops on the season.

Drexel Women's Lacrosse will visit UMBC on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m.

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