Philadelphia – The Drexel women's field hockey team led by one at half, but Northeastern's two-goal spurt in the final minutes of play allowed the Huskies to slip past the Dragons, 2-1, on Friday night at Buckley Field. Northeastern outshot Drexel, 17-7, and held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners. The loss dropped the Dragons to 10-8 overall and 3-4 in the CAA.
With 7:19 remaining in the opening half, freshman Meghan Plank broke the scoreless tie, 1-0. Drexel's Margaux Lourtie crossed the ball from the right side of the circle to Plank, who finished with a one-time shot past Northeastern's goalkeeper Lizzie Priest. The Huskies held an 8-3 advantage in shots, but Drexel's defense preserved the lead as the first half came to an end.
At 11:37 in the second half, Northeastern's Carolyn Malloy looked to put points on the board for the Huskies, but Drexel's Kim Chiarelli made a big save to keep the Dragons ahead by one. With just under six minutes remaining in the final half, Northeastern pulled their goalkeeper and added an extra field player. The Huskies gained momentum on attack and put immediate pressure on the Dragons. At 5:37, Northeastern's Annie Graham shot the ball into the cage off a quick pass from teammate Nicky Graham to tie the game, 1-1.
With just under a minute remaining in the contest, Northeastern's Crystal Poland scored off of a penalty corner and gave the Huskies a one-goal lead, 2-1. Drexel earned two penalty corners with no time left on the clock, but were unable to get a shot off.
Senior goalkeeper Kim Chiarelli posted eight saves, while Northeastern's Lizzie Priest made two stops for the win.
The Dragons return to Buckley Field on Sunday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. for the for the squad's final regular season contest.