Philadelphia - The Drexel women's field hockey team outlasts William and Mary, 2-1, on Friday night. The Tribe held a 17-12 advantage in shots, but senior Sofia Sanguinetti converted on a penalty stroke to help the Dragons finish on top. The win moved Drexel to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Dragons are now 7-1 at Buckley Field.
Drexel was able to push into William and Mary's circle early and gained two quick penalty corners. On the second attempt, junior Amanda Fleischut received the ball at the top of the circle and found teammate Ashley Santee in front of the cage who deflected the ball into the cage.
The Dragons held onto the one goal lead until just under three minutes remaining in the opening half. The Tribe's Leah Zamesnik connected with teammate Chaney Manganello and put the ball past Drexel's Kim Chiarelli to tie the game, 1-1. Drexel outshot William and Mary, 8-6, in the first half.
At 14:09 into the second half, sophomore Elise DiDonato looked to have a breakaway opportunity, but the Tribe's goalkeeper Camilla Hill charged to the top of the circle and knocked DiDonato to the turf. The officials signaled a penalty stroke. Drexel's Sofia Sanguinetti stepped up and fired the ball into the top of the cage for the lead, 2-1.
About six minutes later, the officials called a stroke against Sanguinetti for blocking the ball from going into the cage and gave William and Mary a chance to tie the game. The Tribe's Leah Zamesnik shot the ball wide and the Dragons were able to hold onto the one goal lead until time expired.
Drexel returns to action on Sunday, October 9 at noon as the Dragons host No. 1 Old Dominion.