Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/21/16
From Press Release
Lauren Gerrie scored 15 seconds into overtime as the Drexel women’s lacrosse team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-5 victory at Columbia on Saturday afternoon.
It was the second goal of the season for Gerrie, and the first game-winner of her career. Emily Duffey (Lenape) netted a pair of goals for the Dragons, who rebounded after Columbia tied the game with two seconds remaining in regulation to send it to overtime.
The victory improved the Dragons to 2-0 on the year for the eighth time in the last nine season. Nadia Pelham-Lacey scored a goal and an assist, while Lacey Aghazarian and Alex Beilman also scored for Drexel.
It was a defensive struggle throughout, with Drexel holding Columbia to just a single goal in the first half. The Dragons could not do much better, though, as Duffey and Aghazarian scored off free position shots to send them into halftime up by a score, 2-1.
Columbia wasted little time taking the lead after intermission. The Lions scored twice in the first 4:17 of the second half, with Caroline Joy responsible for both goals. With 24:30 to play, Duffey netted her second of the afternoon, ending a 24:25 scoreless drought for Drexel and knotting things up at three.
The teams played scoreless over the next 13 minutes until Beilman scored for the second time this season, her first of the afternoon to give Drexel a 4-3 edge with 11:07 to play. She was assisted on the goal by Pelham-Lacey, who leads the team through two games with eight total points. That lead would prove to be short-lived, as just 30 ticks later, the Lions evened the score on a Jessie Ambrose goal.
Drexel took the lead once more with 7:48 remaining in regulation when Pelham-Lacey converted the Dragons’ third free position goal of the day. Columbia won the ensuing faceoff, but a pair of saves from Carlee Ries put Drexel back in possession of the ball with just over 2:00 to play.
Though the Dragons cleared the ball, they turned it over in the offensive end with 46 seconds remaining. That would prove costly, as after a wide shot attempt by Joy with 14 seconds remaining, the LIons regained the ball and scored on Sara Rizzi’s first of the year, a tying goal with just two seconds remaining.
Any deflation the Dragons felt on the sidelines did not last long. In overtime, Drexel won the opening draw control.when Maggie Stetson picked up her first collegiate draw, a critical one. She found Gerrie, who wasted no time rifling a shot past Columbia goalie Kelsey Gedin for the game-winner.
Milan White won three draws for Drexel and Duffey picked up a pair as the Dragons won that category, 8-5. They caused 10 turnovers on the defensive end, with Summer O’Donnell, Madeline DiBrino and Caroline Thiele each forcing a pair. Ries, who has now won her first two starts with the Dragons, stopped eight shots in hodling the Lions down all afternoon when they were able to put the ball on net.
Drexel will return home for its next game in an attempt to move to 3-0. The Dragons host Princeton on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at V