Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/6/11
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Top-seeded Towson (11-6) defeated visiting Drexel, 10-8, Thursday in the Colonial Atheltic Association women’s lacrosse semifinals.
Drexel came back to tie the game in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Tigers went on a three-goal spurt to pull out the victory. Drexel outshot the Tigers 22-21. The Dragons finished the 2011 campaign with 9-8 overall and went 3-4 in conference play.
Drexel’s Charlotte Wood (Conestoga), Jaclyn Klunder (Conestoga), and Kelli Joran (Downingtown East) led the Dragons attack with a pair of goals. Wood finished the season with 46 goals. Senior Katie Blazer and sophomore Alyse Maiden also scored for Drexel.
After seven scoreless minutes, Sun Valley alum Kelly Custer (two goals) gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Towson won the following draw control and put immediate pressure on Drexel’s defense. A minute later, Towson’s Katie Leech scored a free position goal putting the Tigers ahead by two, 2-0.
Klunder answered back with a free position goal and closed the gap to one, 2-1, with 21:19 remaining in the first half. Wood came from behind the goal and fired a quick shot past Mary Teeter to tie the game, 2-2.
With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Towson’s Sarah Hogan launched a pass to Jess Dunn for the score and gave Towson its second lead, 3-2. Senior goalkeeper Whitney Johnson came up with a big save and allowed the Dragons to regain momentum. Wood and Klunder scored back-to-back goals as Drexel took its first lead of the game, 4-3. Towson answered with two quick goals of their own to take a 5-4 lead at the half.
Sophomore Joran opened up the second half with an unassisted goal to tie the game. Jess Dunn put the Tigers ahead a few minutes later. It was the first of three straight goals as the Tigers took the lead and held it for the remainder of the contest.
Blazer led the Dragons in groundballs and caused turnovers in the game. Senior Whitney Johnson posted four saves in 47:53 minutes of play, while freshman Amanda Santandrea had two saves in just over 12 minutes of action.