Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/1/13
Sophomore Joelle Hartke’s back-to-back goals helped Drexel break a late 6-6 tie and defeat host St. Joseph’s, 8-6, at Finnesey Field.
Kelli Joran (Downingtown East) led the Drexel (4-0) attack with three goals, one assist, two draw controls and two groundballs.
The Hawks, who got four goals from Julia Falcone (West Chester East), are 2-1.
After 15 minutes of play, Drexel had a two-goal lead until Falcone evened the score, 2-2. With 7:15 remaining in the first, Alyse Maiden (Washington Township) passed the ball off to Joran, who beat Hawks’ goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin to give the Dragons a 3-2 advantage.
At 2:06, Saint Joseph’s Meghan McDevitt (Central Bucks West) 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.
In the opening seven minutes of the second half, Joran received a pass from Jess Rudloff (West Chester East) and found the back of the cage moving the Dragons ahead by one, 4-3. With 19:59 remaining, the Hawks’ Abby Ananian scored an unassisted goal. Norcini answered back scored with a goal assisted by Joran. Less than a minute later, Joran scored an unassisted goal to extend the Dragons’ lead to two. Falcone posted two more points, which brought the game to its fourth tie of the day, 6-6.
At 5:27, Kopenhaver had a free-position attempt, but didn’t take the initial shot. Instead, she passed the ball to Hartke, who sent the ball into the upper netting of the cage. With just under two minutes remaining, Hartke tallied a successful free-position attempt to give the Dragons a two-goal lead, 8-6. The Dragons were able to swing the ball around the field 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. She now has 12 goals and 17 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley made three saves combining for 21 on the season.