Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/14/16
The Drexel women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a victory for the eighth time in nine seasons as the Dragons defeated the American Eagles at Vidas Field on Sunday, 14-4.
Emily Duffey (Lenape) and Devin Nihill each netted four goals to lead the way for the Dragons, while Nadia Pelham-Lacey helped out with four assists in addition to two goals of her own. The Dragons scored the first seven goals of the second half to remove any doubt as they never trailed in the contest.
It was the first 10-goal victory in favor of the Dragons since the women defeated Longwood, 18-8, at home on March, 14, 2012.
The Dragons maintained a balanced scoring effort with seven goals coming in each half while holding the Eagles to three in the first and just one in the second.
Junior Eva Winiarski (Downingtown West) grabbed six of the 10 draw controls for the Dragons in addition to causing three turnovers. Caroline Thiele also caused three turnovers as the pair led the Dragons on the afternoon.
The 14 goals marked the most in a game for Drexel since the squad defeated local rival Villanova 14-10 back on March 6, 2013. It was also the most goals scored by the Dragons in a season opener since the first game of the 2012 campaign when Drexel won 15-10 over George Washington.
UNC 20, SD State 7
Marie McCool (Moorestown) scored a career-high five goals and Molly Hendrick (Manheim Township) had four goals, as North Carolina (3-0) beat San Diego State.
The Tar Heels tied a school record by attempting 52 shots, out-shooting the Aztecs (0-2) by a 52-14 margin. Carolina also took 52 shots on March 16, 1997 vs. Lehigh. Carolina had 31 ground balls to SDSU’s 15 and won 23 of the game’s 30 draws.
Hendrick scored four goals for the third game in a row in her return from ACL surgery that forced her to miss the second half of last season. McCool got her five goals on eight shots while also collecting four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
A balanced Carolina attack also included two goals and three assists from freshman Olivia Ferrucci and two goals, two assists and seven draw controls from Sammy Jo Tracy. Aly Messinger tallied two goals and one assist, Ela Hazar had a goal and two assists and Sydney Holman had a goal and an assist. Freshman Gianna Bowe (Clearview Regional) scored twice off the bench, and Carly Reed scored as well.
Towson 10, Jacksonville 9, OT
Michelle Gildea (Springfield-Delco) scored once and had a groundball for Towson.