Towson, Md. – The fourth-seeded Drexel women's lacrosse team scored five goals in the final five minutes of play and looked to regain the lead over top-seeded Towson, but the Tigers' goalkeeper Mary Teeters made a big save in the last 14 seconds of the game to hold off the Dragons, 12-11, 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 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, Charlotte Wood scored a free position goal closing the gap to five, 10-5. At 9:57, Drexel's Julia Lanzetta 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, Charlotte Wood knocked in another goal for the Dragons closing the gap to three, 12-9. Kelli 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 Kelli Joran, but Joran's shot in the last 14 seconds was stopped by Teeters. Towson held possession until the game clock expired.