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Women’s lacrosse: Drexel players earn CAA All-Tournament mention after falling in league semifinals Friday

Monday, 30th April 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/30/12
From Press Releases

Junior midfielder Kelli Joran (Downingtown East) and junior attacker Alyse Maiden (Washington Township) were named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Tournament Team.

Joran finished the 2012 campaign second in the Colonial Athletic Association in game-winning goals with three and was selected First Team All-CAA. She was third on the team in scoring with 29 goals and had an eight-game scoring streak. Joran was also third in draw control wins with 40, ground balls with 20 and caused turnovers with 13. In post-season play, she had two goals and an assist for three points against the top-seed Towson. She also caused two turnovers. She was also named to the 2012 Pre-Season All-CAA women’s lacrosse team.

Alyse Maiden led the league with 13 free-position goals and tied for second in game-winning goals. She finished third in the CAA with 1.12 assists per game and 3.24 points per game. Maiden was named Second Team All-CAA last Thursday and is currently tied for eighth place on Drexel’s All-Time assist list. She led the 2012 quad with 36 goals and 19 assists for 55 points. In the post-season, Maiden had three goals and a caused turnover against the Towson Tigers.

Together, the Dragons led the Colonial Athletic Association in goals per game, points per game, caused turnovers, shutouts per game and shots on goal. Drexel was second in draw controls per game, shot percentage and goals against average. The Drexel women’s lacrosse team also had five players receive All-Conference honors.

All-Tournament Team
Cally Chakrian (James Madison)
Kelly Custer (Towson, Sun Valley)
Michelle Dufault (Towson)
Kelli Joran (Drexel, Downingtown East)
Alyse Maiden (Drexel)
Maryann Miller (Hofstra, Ridley)
Jaclyn Pandolf (Hofstra)
Andi Raymond (Towson)
Amy Roguski (James Madison)
Mary Teeters (Towson) (Most Outstanding Player)
Monica Zabel (James Madison)

On Friday the fourth-seeded Dragons rallied with five goals in the final five minutes of play, but fell, 12-11, to eventual champion Towson in the CAA Championship semifinals. Drexel outshot top-seed Towson, 21-19, and won 16 draw controls to the Tigers’ nine. The Dragons finished the 2012 season 11-6 overall and tallied the most conference wins with four in program history. Friday’s game also marked the second post-season appearance for the Dragons.

In the opening 40 seconds of the game, Charlotte Wood (Conestoga) shot the ball past Towson’s goalkeeper Mary Teeters, but the goal was quickly called back by the officials due to a crease violation. The Tigers pushed down the field following the call and scored an unassisted goal to give Towson an early lead. At 27:08, Jaclyn Klunder cut through the middle and shot the ball in the top left of the cage from Kelli Joran’s pass to tie the game, 1-1.

Towson’s Sarah Appelt fired the ball high, but the Tigers regained the loose ball and gained a 2-1 lead over the Dragons. Towson’s Sarah Hogan scored a free position goal. Kristin Kopenhaver won the draw and then shot the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs cutting the deficit to one, 3-2. Kelli Joran tied the game, 3-3, after Charlotte Wood fed her the ball from behind the cage.

At 17:10, Santandrea stopped a bouncing shot allowing the Dragons to work the ball down the attacking end. Following a Drexel turnover, Towson sprinted down field, but was unable to capitalize on the fast break. At 13:33, Maiden and Joran had a great give-and-go play, but Joran’s shot was stopped by Teeters.

With just under 11 minutes to play in the first half, Towson’s Andi Raymond scored an unassisted goal to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. At 5:59, Ashley Waldron received the ball in the middle from teammate Andi Raymond. Waldron shot the ball past the left side of Santandrea extending the lead to two, 5-3. With 16 second remaining in the first half, Santandrea stopped Waldron’s free position shot.

In the opening two minutes of the second half, Towson’s Sarah Appelt shot the ball into the top left corner of the cage, 6-3. At 25:55, Alyse Maiden scored an unassisted goal to cut Towson’s lead to 6-4. Less than three minutes later, the Tiger’s Andi Raymond scored from Kelly Custer’s pass. Towson’s Olivia Turner doubled the lead, 8-4, from Raymond’s pass. The Dragons had a multiple shots on goal, but were blocked by Teeters. Towson went on to score two more goals.

At 12:18, Wood scored a free position goal closing the gap to five, 10-5. At 9:57, Drexel’s Julia Lanzetta (Ridley) knocked the ball out of Appelt’s stick during her free position attempt, but Towson recovered the ball and tallied a goal, 11-5. A minute later, Lindsey Kovar broke through the Tigers’ defenders and fired the ball into the cage. With just over six minutes remaining, Towson’s Rhiannon Coogle scored an unassisted goal.

Kristin Kopenhaver answered back with an unassisted goal, 12-7. At 3:41, Alyse Maiden shot the ball past Teeter’s. Following the draw, Wood knocked in another goal for the Dragons closing the gap to three, 12-9. Joran pulled around Towson’s defender and shot the ball to the top right of the cage.

The Dragons played tight defense and was able to regain possession breaking up a Towson play. At 1:33, Wood scored an unassisted goal, 12-11. Kristin Kopenhaver causes a turnover with 22 seconds left and passed the ball down field to Charlotte Wood. Wood fed the ball to Joran, but Joran’s shot in the last 14 seconds was stopped by Teeters. Towson held possession until the game clock expired.

Custer had a goal and three assists in the game.



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