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Drexel suffers heartbreaker to JMU, 13-12, in double overtime in CAA final

Sunday, 9th May 2021

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/9/21
From Press Release

The Drexel women’s lacrosse team lost a 13-12 double overtime matchup to James Madison in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Colleen Grady’s seven-point day powered Drexel’s offense, allowing the Dragons to rally behind a 6-0 run in the second half to take control of the game with five minutes to play in regulation. The Dukes offense battled back, sending the Dragons to overtime play for the second game in a row.

Drexel had four players named to the CAA All-Tournament team including Karson Harris, Courtney Dietzel (Central Bucks South), Jamie Schneidereith and Lucy Schneidereith.

JMU had contributions from five Philly women: Rachet Matey (Archbishop Carroll) had three draw controls, Carolyn Thistlewaite (New Hope-Solebury) had two groundballs and a caused turnover, Daria Lucchesi (Methacton) had a goal, Kacey Knobloch (Moorestown) had an assist, and Ava Frantz (Moorestown) had a groundball and a caused turnover.

The Dragons will find out their fate in the tournament in the NCAA selection show this evening, starting at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • With her third assist of the day, Grady broke the all-time career assists record with her 95th career assist, passing Kerry Kelly ’07.
  • Grady led the Dragons offensively with four goals and three assists for a team high seven points. The seniors four goals is the most scored by a Dragon in the CAA tournament game.
  • Lucy Schneidereith tallied her second hat trick performance in the CAA tournament while grabbing a ground ball and securing two draw controls.
  • Corinne Bednarik (Downingtown West) and Courtney Dietzel (Central Bucks South) each added a pair of goals to help pad the Dragons offense. Bednarik also assisted on two goals as well.
  • Zoe Bennett was lights out in net for the Dragons, recording 12 saves on 25 shots faced for a .480 save percentage. The senior was essential in the final minutes recording major saves to keep the Dragons alive down the stretch.
  • The Dragons commanded the draw control, taking 20 to the Dukes eight while also outshooting them on goal, 28-25.

OVERVIEW

  • The Dragons got off to a hot start, sinking the first goal of the day on a quick combo from Colleen Grady and Courtney Dietzel. After a score from JMU, Grady gave the Dragons the advantage once more, capitalizing on a free position opportunity.
  • Grady continued to command Drexel’s offense early, firing home her second unassisted goal to give the Dragon’s a two-goal lead.
  • The Dukes gained some momentum offensively, executing a 4-0 run and taking their first lead over the Dragons with eight minutes to play in the half.
  • Corinne Bednarik broke the Dukes streak with a timely goal in the fourth minute to move the Dragons back within one. With seconds left on the shot clock, the sophomore bullied her way into the circle to help swing Drexel’s momentum.
  • The Dukes took the advantage into the half, but Lucy Schneidereith brought the Dragons back to life to start the second with a quick stick goal on a feed from Grady.
  • A pair of goals from JMU put Drexel at a two-goal deficit but not for long. Bednarik grabbed the Dragons second free position goal in the 24th minute to pull the Dragons back within one.
  • The Dukes took their largest lead of the day (3) at 21:49 with back-to-back goals however, a timely foul gave the Dragons the advantage in a man-up situation. Bednarik surveyed the perimeter and found Lucy Schneidereith in front of the net for her second goal, moving the score to 9-7.
  • Both teams went scoreless for the next eight minutes before Lucy Schneidereith secured the hat trick on an assist from Alex Wall. Dietzel then took matters into her own hands, tying the game at nine with a shot down and away.
  • Grady notched a hat trick of her own with seven and half minutes to play, giving the Dragons their first lead since the 16th minute of the first half. Claire Jarema then followed suit with her first goal of the season on an assist from Grady.
  • The senior attack added her fourth goal of the day to put Drexel on a 6-0 run and at a 12-9 advantage with under five minutes to play.
  • The Dukes tied the game at 12 with 1:13 left on the clock, sending the Dragons to overtime for the second straight game.
  • Drexel battled through nearly four minutes of overtime but the Dukes secured the victory on a free position opportunity.

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