Philadelphia – The Drexel women's lacrosse team trailed by the three goals as the first half came to an end, but their six unanswered goals in the second half helped the Dragons edge George Washington, 15-10, in the 2012 season opener held at Vidas Field. George Washington had a slim 26-22 advantage in shots, but gave up 13 turnovers to Drexel's six. The Dragons' defense held the Colonials to just two goals in the final half, handing George Washington its first loss of the season.
Six different Dragons scored on Sunday. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Norcini recorded a new career-high with four goals. Teammate Alyse Maiden also knocked in four goals, which tied her season high. Redshirt freshman Alissa Watts set a season-high with two goals and one assist for three points in her first collegiate appearance. Senior Jaclyn Klunder tied her season-high with four assists. Klunder also tallied a goal. Senior Charlotte Wood scored three second-half goals.
Drexel's Kelli Joran and Alissa Watts gave the Dragons a solid 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of play. The Dragons controlled the turf, until George Washington scored back-to-back goals by Rachel Mia and Casey Disharoon. Watts tallied her second goal followed by Alyse Maiden to regain the lead, 4-2. The Colonials went on a three-goal run and tied the game, 5-5. At 9:01, Maiden answered back with a free position goal. George Washington won 12 of 14 of the game's draw controls, which allowed them to maintain possession and momentum in the first. The Colonials led by three, 8-5, at half.
The Dragons opened up the second half with six unanswered goals to take back the lead, 11-8 with still 15 minutes remaining in the contest. George Washington's Nicole Lacey scored an unassisted goal at 13:27. Two minutes later, Drexel went on another four-goal spurt and held onto the lead until time expired.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea started her first full game for the Dragons and had a career-high of 10 saves on the day. George Washington's Mackenzie Jones made six saves. Teammate Jess Hicks played the last 13:27 in the cage for the Colonials.
Drexel Women's Lacrosse hosts Saint Joseph's at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 at Vidas Field.