Philadelphia – No. 11 Penn edged the Drexel women's lacrosse team, 18-8, at Vidas Field on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers outshot the Dragons, 31-15, and won 11 draw controls to Drexel's five in the first half. Junior Alyse Maiden led the attack with three goals in the loss. The Dragons are now 2-1 overall, while Penn improves to 1-0.
At 27:19 in the first, senior Charlotte Wood gave Drexel a 1-0 lead after a turnover by Penn's Courtney Tomchik. The Quakers won the next draw control and pushed the ball down the field. Penn's Lizzy Price tied the game just 10 seconds later, 1-1, after receiving a pass from teammate Meredith Cain's. The Quakers went on a three-goal run, 3-1.
Drexel's Alyse Maiden scored an unassisted goal and lessened the deficit to one goal, 3-2. Penn had two free-position goals by Maddie Poplawski and Erin Brennan giving the Quakers a 5-3 lead. Kelli Joran fed the ball to Amanda Norcini for a Drexel score. A minute later, Joran scored an unassisted goal to tie the game, 5-5. Penn continued win draw controls and went on a five-goal spurt as the first half came to an end. The Quakers led 10-5 at half.
The Dragons put pressure Penn's defense in the opening minutes of the second half. At 28:20, Maiden shot the ball past Penn's Emily Leitner and looked to create momentum for Drexel. Two minutes later, Penn's Tory Bensen extended the lead back to five, 11-6. The Quakers' went on another scoring streak and held onto the lead until time expired. Maddie Poplawski had four goals and won nine draw controls for Penn.
Goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea made five saves in the cage, while freshman Teresha Bradley had three stops in the final 18:39 minutes of play in the game. Santandrea has a total of 16 saves on the season.
The Drexel women's lacrosse team hosts the Hofstra Pride on Thursday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the Dragons' first Colonial Athletic Association game of the season.