Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/20/22
From Press Release
Drexel powered back from a seven-goal deficit in the second half with eight unanswered goals but fell one short of victory, falling 10-9 to No. 13 Florida on Sunday morning at Vidas Field. The Dragons fall to an even 4-4 overall before traveling west to San Diego this week.
Florida 13-year coach Amanda Moore O’Leary is a Spring-Ford grad and alum of national champion Temple as well as a Hall of Famer. O’Leary also coached at Yale; she earned her 349 career win.
BOX SCORE BREAKDOWN
Colleen Grady became Drexel’s all-time leading points scorer with her solo goal against the Gators. Her 252 career points just surpasses the previous record (251) set by Emily Hoesch ’07.
Zoe Bennett posted her fourth appearance this season with double digit saves, stopping 12 against a powerful Gators offense.
Despite trailing at the half, the Dragons and the Gators held similar shot values, marked at 26 and 27 shots respectively with Florida holding the shots on goal advantage 22-17.
The Dragons forced several key opportunities on the clear, leading the Gators to four failed clear attempts while completing 14-of-16 on the offensive end.
Drexel was unstoppable in the circle in the second half, controlling nine of 12 draws. The Dragons led the Gators 14-9 on the draw through four quarters.
Karson Harris led the Dragons with her fourth hat-trick performance of the year. The grad midfielder also picked up three draw controls, moving her within two of 300 career draw controls.
Maura Cissel tallied her second highest draw control total against the Gators, grabbing a team-high six at the draw.
Corinne Bednarik (Downingtown West, 5DC) and Lucy Schneidereith each added a pair of goals while picking up two ground balls and forcing a caused turnover. Bednarik also added one of only two total assists by the Dragons.
Belle McHugh (Academy of Notre Dame) led the Drexel defense with three groundball and a caused turnover.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Quarter – Drexel 0, Florida 6
The Gators fired away offensively in the first quarter, commanding a 6-0 lead through the first 15.
Second Quarter – Drexel 1, Florida 8
Grady gave the Dragons their first score of the day on a man-up opportunity with an assist from Alex Wall. Florida scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the quarter to take a seven-goal lead into the half.
Third Quarter – Drexel 5, Florida 8
Drexel came back from the half with vengeance, sinking four consecutive goals while holding Florida scoreless. Harris and Bednarik kick started the Dragons run, each with back-to-back goals, giving DU the leverage they needed to take a lead.
Fourth Quarter – Drexel 9, Florida 10
The Dragons improved their scoring streak to seven as Schneidereith, Harris and Hayleigh Simpson each provided a goal, tying the game at eight. Schneidereith gave Drexel the advantage they needed with five minutes to play, sinking her second of the day. Drexel’s defense dug in but Florida found two goals in the final minute to secure the win.
Michigan 8, Villanova 7, OT
In their first home game in nearly a month, the Villanova Wildcats fought the Michigan Wolverines into double overtime. The 8-7 win puts Michigan at 9-1 for the season, while Villanova’s record is now 3-7.
Erin Garvey (Unionville) had a groal, two groundballs and two caused turnovers for Michigan while defender Maddie Burns (Germantown Academy) had two caused turnovers and a groundball and Kaylee Dyer (Penn Charter) had a groundball.
Libby McKenna led Villanova with two goals, four caused turnovers, two draw controls and two groundballs. Caroline Curnal had two goals and an assist.
Temple 11, UC Davis 6
The Owls (6-3) claimed victory over the Aggies. Riley McGowan (Souderton, 5G), Maddie Barber (Middle Township, 8DC, 5GB), and Margot Hotham (Strath Haven, 6GB, 2CT) all set new career highs.
McGowan’s five goals paced all scorers by a wide margin. The junior tied her career high.
Bell Mastropietro (Springfield-Delco) scored twice, she also picked a up a ground ball and controlled four draws.
Four Temple players scored one goal.
Mackenzie Roth (Parkland) and Camryn Zavacky (Southern Lehigh) dished out two assists each. Roth also scooped three ground balls.
Barber set a new-career high in draw controls with eight, she also had five ground balls.
Margot Hotham had the best game of her career. The senior shattered her career-high with six ground balls. Prior to today, she had five on the season.