Philadelphia – The Drexel women's field hockey team defeated No. 20 Louisville, 2-1, in a non-conference game at Buckley Field on Play for the Cure and High School Day. The Dragons outshot the Cardinals, 24-12, while Louisville held a slim 6-5 advantage in penalty corners. Senior Mariel Marinelli recorded her first assist of the season against the Cardinals. Drexel improved to 10-5 overall, while Louisville dropped to 8-6. The Drexel field hockey squad is now 8-2 at home.
With just under two minutes left in the scoreless first half, Drexel's Ashley Santee broke through the Cardinal's defense, but Louisville's goalkeeper Erin Conrad charged to the top of circle and deflected Santee's shot away from the cage. Sophomore Elise DiDonato gained possession of the loose ball and passed to Christina Conrad for the goal. The Cardinals earned a quick penalty corner with no time left on the clock, but Drexel held onto the 1-0 lead as Louisville's Dominique Pasqualichio's shot was blocked. Drexel outshot Louisville, 9-8, in the first.
At 12:25 in the final half, senior Mariel Marinelli received the ball at the Cardinal's end line and crossed a solid pass to teammate Elizabeth Koch who powered the ball into the cage. The Dragons lead by two, 2-0. The Cardinals answered back with a quick goal thirty seconds later. Louisville's Caitlin Collins shot the ball into the right side of the cage from the top of the circle. Drexel was able to hold on to the lead, 2-1, until time expired.
Senior goalkeeper Kim Chiarelli made three stops for Drexel. She now has 38 saves on the season. Louisville's Erin Conrad posted 11 saves on the day.
The Dragons travel to CAA rival Delaware on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.