Philadelphia - The Drexel field hockey team scored two second-half goals to edge James Madison, 2-1, at Buckley Field in its first Colonial Athletic Association game of the season. Sophomore Christina Conrad scored the game-winning goal with just under seven minutes remaining in the second half. Drexel outshot the Dukes, 11-7, and drew 12 penalty corners to James Madison's five. The win improved the Dragons to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
The Dukes were able to put points on the board first after their second-straight corner attempt. At 9:13 in the first half, James Madison's Saskia Chelmowski shot the ball from the top of the circle just under Jantien Gunter's blockers into the left side of the cage.
With 15 minutes remaining in the first, the Dukes had a two-on-one opportunity heading down the field. Gunter broke-up the pass coming across the circle and cleared the ball away to hold the Dragons to a one-goal deficit. In the final 30 seconds of the half, senior midfielder Amanda Fleischut snapped a quick shot from outside the circle on cage, but the ball was deflected away by James Madison's defender. The Dukes were up by one at halftime, 1-0. Both teams shared four shots.
Philadelphia, Pa. – No. 15 Drexel Field Hockey picked up its third loss of the season after dropping a 5-1 decision to Temple. The Owls held a slim advantage in shots, 16-14, and tallied three penalty corners to Drexel's one. The Dragons are 5-3 overall.
The Temple Owls earned an early goal with just 1:50 into first half. Temple's Alyssa Delp took the first shot of the game that was stopped by Drexel's Jantien Gunter. Delp regained possession following the save and scored off her second attempt to give the Owls a one-goal lead. With six minutes off the clock, Danielle Grassi looked to tie up the score for Drexel until opposing goalkeeper Lizzy Millen turned away both of her shots.
At 9:12 in the first, Gunter made another stop for the Dragons, however, Delp was able to score off the rebound to extend Temple's lead to two goals. Junior forward Lindsay McArdle answered back a minute later with an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to one, 2-1. Over 25 minutes into the game, Amanda Flieschut blasted a shot off of a penalty corner. The ball was cleared away by Millen.
EASTON, Pa. - The Drexel field hockey team could not overcome a two-goal deficit in the second half of Friday's visit to Lafayette, as they fell for a second-consecutive game, 2-1 to the Leopards. Drexel (5-2) got a goal from freshman Mary Lynam, but it was not enough to overcome two scores off penalty corners for Lafayette.
Brittany Blass scored both goals for the Leopards. Drexel goalkeeper Jantien Gunter had four saves, and the Drexel defense stopped the Leopards on six of their eight penalty corners, but could not generate enough offense of their own to overcome the two tallies.
Early in the first half, the Dragons were the first to push the tempo offensively, as Lindsay McArdle had two shots in the first 5:45 of play. McArdle's first blast was saved by Lafayette's Jessica Deutsch, while the second was blocked away before it could challenge the goalie. Danielle Grassi also had a shot denied by Deutsch nearly 15 minutes into the game, the only other shot on goal in the period for the Dragons.
Stanford, Calif. - Drexel Field Hockey's five-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday as the Dragons fell to No. 16 Stanford, 2-1, at Varsity Turf. The Cardinal recorded 10 shots to Drexel's eight, while Drexel held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners. The Dragons are now 5-1 overall.
The Cardinal opened up play in the Drexel's defensive end earning a quick penalty corner. Alex McCawley and Hope Burke looked to put points on the board for Stanford, but both players fired the ball wide. At 10:20, Drexel's Jantien Gunter turned away Collen Ryan's shot to keep the game scoreless.
Two minutes later, the Cardinal's Courtney Haldeman was able to gain control of the ball and found the back of the cage after a scramble in front of Gunter to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. The Dragons gained momentum off the restart and earned a penalty corner. Freshman Lauren Hibshman took a shot on goal, but Stanford's Dulcie Daves cleared the ball away. At 18:08, California fouled in the circle giving the Dragons another penalty corner opportunity. Drexel tallied two shots, but wasn't able to get the ball past Davies. Stanford held onto the one-goal lead at halftime.
Berkeley, Calif. – Freshman Mary Lynam scored the game-winning goal to give the Dragons an exciting 3-2 overtime victory against No. 22 California on Friday night at Maxwell Family Field. The Golden Bears outshout the Drexel, 13-9, and had 11 penalty corners to the Dragons' five. Drexel Field Hockey improved to 5-0 on the season, while California dropped to 2-3.
With just over eight minutes into the opening half, California's Lara Kruggel carried the ball into the circle and shot the ball into left side of the cage to give the Golden Bears' an early 1-0 lead. Senior captain Amanda Fleischut answered back with a goal from teammate Lindsay McArdles' pass to make it an even 1-1 game.
At 28:28, Drexel recorded its second goal after a long hit from Elise DiDonato was touched by one of the Golden Bears' sticks. California continued to test the Dragons' defense, but Drexel's Jantien Gunter made two saves in the last five minutes to help Drexel hold on to the 2-1 lead at half.
PHILADELPHIA –La Salle senior Neelam Kumar scored one minute into the second half and her goal proved to be enough in a 1-0 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) in the home opener on a warm Saturday afternoon at DeVincent Field.
Sophomore Lisa Shaffer made five saves for her first shutout of the season and fourth of her career, putting her in seventh on La Salle's all-time list.
Neither team could get on the board in the first half as the Red Flash (2-1) controlled play for most of the opening stanza. The visitors held an 8-4 lead in shots and had both penalty corners in the first half.
Just after halftime, the Kumar followed up a rebound off a shot by junior Mariel Papa to find the back of the cage to make it 1-0, La Salle. It was the only goal of the contest and allowed the Explorers (2-2) to improve to 6-0 all-time against Saint Francis (Pa.)
The Red Flash held a 14-13 advantage in shots and a 6-4 lead in corners.
Katelyn Vitali had eight saves for Saint Francis (Pa.).
La Salle will visit city rival Villanova on Wednesday at 7 PM.
Temple's Bridget Settles Named A-10 Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year; Seven Other Owls Also Honored
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Temple’s Bridget Settles was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year and Massachusetts' Alesha Widdall was tabbed as the league's Defensive Player of the Year in voting conducted among the conference's head coaches. Settles and seven other Owls were honored with recognition to either the first team, second team, rookie team or honorable mention.
The coaches tabbed Richmond's Rebecca Barry as Rookie of the Year and La Salle’s third-year head coach Michelle Marks as Coach of the Year.
Settles started in all 20 games for the Owls this season and leads the team in points (40), goals (18) and game-winning goals (6). The flagship attacker of the Temple squad, Settles is responsible for over half her team's 33 goals this season. The senior is ranked 18th in the nation in goals per game (0.9) and 27th for points per game (2.0). Settles, now a 2011 A-10 First Team selection, was also named to the 2010 A-10 First Team and is a three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honoree in 2011.
Joining Settles on the A-10 First Team is Temple junior Katie Briglia who has recorded five assists this season to lead the Owls, along with two goals for nine total points. Briglia scored the game-winning goal for Temple in a 4-1 rout of Saint Joseph's.
Temple seniors Becca Keener and Kaylee Keener were both named to the A-10 Second Team, while fellow senior Carissa Young earned honorable mention honors. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Lizzy Millen and freshmen Nicole Kroener and Amber Youtz were all named to the All-Rookie Team.
Settles was one of 11 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Conference team for their dedication to academics as well as athletics. To be nominated, a player must be a starter or important reserve and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) for her entire academic career. Making up the 2011 Academic All-Conference Team are La Salle's Rebecca Chylack, Lindsay Fry and Janel Paukovits, Lock Haven's Nicole Weaknecht, Massachusetts' Alesha Widdall and Kim Young, Richmond's Katelin Peterson, Meghan Githens of Saint Joseph's, Ellen Rowe and Theresa Testa, and Temple’s Bridget Settles.
The 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at Saint Joseph’s University’s Ellen Ryan Field. It will be streamed live, free of charge, on atlantic10.com. First up for third-seeded Temple is a semifinal match-up with second-seeded UMass at 2:00 p.m.
Philadelphia – The Drexel women's field hockey team's 2011 season came to a close on Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to Hofstra on Senior Day at Buckley Field. The Dragons played a strong second half, but their three late goals weren't enough to pass the Pride. Hofstra held a slim advantage in shots, 14-13, and had seven penalty corners to Drexel's two. The Dragons finished with 10-9 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
Hofstra took the lead in the in the 10th minute of the game. The Pride's Krizia Layne crossed the ball to teammate Genna Kovar who swept the ball into the cage. Moments later, Hofstra charged back into the Dragons' circle and earned a penalty stroke goal by Amy-Lee Levey. The Pride held onto the two-goal lead, 2-0, as the opening half came to an end. Hofstra outshot Drexel, 7-4, and had four penalty corner opportunities in the first.
In the opening minutes of the second half, junior Amanda Fleischut recovered a loose ball from Elise DiDonato's blocked shot and scored to cut the Pride's lead in half, 2-1. Drexel kept the intensity high, but Kovar carried the ball into the Dragons' circle and fired into the right side of the cage. With just over nine minutes left in the second, Hofstra had a 3-1 lead over Drexel. Two minutes later, the Pride's Jonel Boileau scored off of a rebound.