April 7, 2013

Drexel Drops Old Dominion to Sweep Weekend

from press release

NORFOLK, Va. – The Drexel women's lacrosse team finished the weekend with a 2-0 record in the Colonial Athletic Association with an 8-4 victory at Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon. The Dragons blanked the Lady Monarchs, 5-0, in the first half and went on to score three more in the final 30 minutes of play to seal the win. Old Dominion held a slim advantage in shots, 24-21, while the Dragons won eight draw controls to the Lady Monarchs' six. Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley paced the defense making a career-high 13 saves in the win. The squad has now won three straight games improving to 9-3 overall and 5-1 on the road.

In the opening 15 minutes of the game, the Dragons scored four straight goals followed by another point in the remaining seconds of the first half. Alissa Watts, Jessica Rudloff, Kelli Joran, Amanda Norcini and Emily Duffey added points on the board helping Drexel to a 5-0 lead at intermission. Bradley turned away six of the Lady Monarchs' shots in the first half.

Maiden opened up the second half with an early goal and kicked off the Dragons' second scoring run of the day. Kristin Kopenhaver and Norcini also found the back of the cage. Drexel netted eight unanswered goals with 27:33 still remaining in the game. At 16:45, Old Dominion's Meredith Rogers scored off of a pass from teammate Kallie McCormick. The Lady Monarch's posted four goals to cut Drexel's lead in half. Both team's played tight defense and didn't allow any goals in the final four minutes. Drexel maintained the lead throughout the entire game recording an 8-4 win in its second away game of the weekend.

Norcini led the offense with two goals, while Kopenhaver also finished with a goal and an assist for two points. Kopenhaver and Joran led the team with three draw control wins. Sophomore Jocelyn Quaile set a career-best with four caused turnovers. Norcini also had a pair of caused turnovers. Bradley now has 75 stops on the season.

Opposing goalkeeper Karen Hayde finished with seven saves. Old Dominions' Christina Rea, Jess Liberty, Meredith Rogers and Mary McCaleb tallied goals. The Lady Monarch's dropped to 3-10 overall and 1-2 in the league.

The Dragons will return to Vidas Field next weekend. The team will host George Mason on Friday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. and James Madison on April 14 at 1:00 p.m. on Senior Day.

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