Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/3/21 From Press Release
Corinne Bednarik (Downingtown West) had six points and four Drexel players recorded hat tricks today in a 19-11 win at Temple on Wednesday. The Dragons remained unbeaten at 4-0; Temple fell to 2-1.
On a pleasant afternoon at Howarth Field in North Philadelphia, Drexel’s offense once again was clicking. The Dragons scored 19 goals for the third time in four starts this season. They also handed the Owls (2-1) their first loss of the season.
Temple scored two of the first three goals, but the Dragons answered with four straight goals to take the lead for good at 5-2. Colleen Grady started the four-goal run with two goals in a span of just :33 seconds. Bednarik and Jamil Schneidereith closed the run a few minutes laster.
The teams went to intermission with the visitors ahead by a score of 9-6. Temple had the Drexel lead down to two with 7:18 to play in the half before the defenses started to take over. There was just one goal the rest of the half, and it was scored by Drexel’s Courtney Dietzel, who also had the first goal of the contest.
For the second straight game, the Dragons took control early in the second half. Temple started the second half scoring, but Drexel went on a 7-1 run as both the offense and defense looked to be in mid-season form. Bednarik, Karson Harris and Grady each had two goals during the stretch that put the game away.
While Drexel’s offense has been getting most of the accolades, the defense did its part in the victory. The defense held the Owls scoreless for a stretch of more than nine and a half minutes early in the second half. During that time, Drexel increased its lead from two goals to five and the Owls were never really able to get back in the game.
Corinne Bednarik had her second four-goal game of the season and her six points were a career-best.
Jamie Schneidereith, who came into the game with one goal was one of Drexel’s four players with hat tricks. She finished the day with four goals.
Colleen Grady found the back of the net four times. She now has 98 career goals.
Karson Harris had another hat trick with three goals. She has scored at least three goals in each of Drexel’s four games this season. Harris also had a game-high seven draw controls.
Courtney Dietzel (Central Bucks South) scored twice and picked up an assist. The three points are a season-high.
Zoe Bennett made eight saves in the cage.
Rachel Warden (Garnet Valley) picked up six ground balls to lead the Dragons.
Belle Mastropietro (Springfield-Delco) had four goals, four groundballs, three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Meghan Hoffman had a goal and five assists.
Jen Rodzewich (Pennridge) had three goals.
Courtney Taylor (Central Bucks South) had six draw controls, four groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Mackenzie Roth (Parkland) had a goal, an assist and two groundballs.
BY THE NUMBERS
Drexel’s four straight wins to start the season are the most since the 2013 team started the year 5-0.
Drexel held the Owls to just 11 goals. Temple had scored 17 goals in each of its first two victories this season.
Seven of Drexel’ goals came on free position shots.
NEXT UP Drexel is scheduled to host Villanova Sunday at Vidas Field. It will be the home opener for the Dragons. The Owls host Towson on March 10.