Philadelphia, Pa. – The Drexel women's lacrosse team opened the 2011 season with a 14-9 victory over George Washington. The Dragons outshot the Colonials 37-23 and had seven different players knock in at least one goal at Mount Vernon Field.
Freshmen Amanda Norcini recorded her first colligate goal and put the Dragons up 1-0 within the first five minutes of play. Drexel continued to put pressure on George Washington's defense and posted three more goals. Drexel's Charlotte Wood had back-to-back scores, along with Kelli Joran's unassisted goal gave Drexel an early 4-0 lead.
George Washington's Jordy Bathras ended the Dragons streak with an unassisted goal with 9:49 left in the first half. The Colonials went on a three-goal run, and closed the gap to a close 4-3 game. George Washington's Mia Breheny scored with fourty-five seconds in the first. Drexel was up by one at half, and held on to the lead for the remainder of the game.
Junior standout Charlotte Wood led the Dragons with six goals and tied her career high. Wood knocked in six goals against the 12-5 win over La Salle back in 2009. Teammates Jaclyn Klunder, Amanda Gregg, and Julia Lanzetta registered a goal, while Alyse Maiden recorded Drexel's only assist.
On the defensive end, Norcini recorded three groundballs and three caused turnovers in her first start for the Dragons. Kelli Joran and Kaitlin Harris led the team in draw controls with four each. Harris also picked up four groundballs. Senior Katie Blazer tallied two draw controls and three groundballs for Drexel.
The Dragons return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 23 against Saint Joseph's at 4:00 p.m.