EASTON, Pa. - The Drexel field hockey team could not overcome a two-goal deficit in the second half of Friday's visit to Lafayette, as they fell for a second-consecutive game, 2-1 to the Leopards. Drexel (5-2) got a goal from freshman Mary Lynam, but it was not enough to overcome two scores off penalty corners for Lafayette.
Brittany Blass scored both goals for the Leopards. Drexel goalkeeper Jantien Gunter had four saves, and the Drexel defense stopped the Leopards on six of their eight penalty corners, but could not generate enough offense of their own to overcome the two tallies.
Early in the first half, the Dragons were the first to push the tempo offensively, as Lindsay McArdle had two shots in the first 5:45 of play. McArdle's first blast was saved by Lafayette's Jessica Deutsch, while the second was blocked away before it could challenge the goalie. Danielle Grassi also had a shot denied by Deutsch nearly 15 minutes into the game, the only other shot on goal in the period for the Dragons.
Late in the half, Lafayette was awarded a penalty corner with 10 seconds remaining. That resulted in a Jenna Seybert save, but another Drexel foul created a second-straight corner opportunity for the Leopards with the clock having wound all the way down. Deanna Dicroce inserted the ball to Emily Valeo, who set it up for Blass to fire a rocket to the left of Gunter, sending the Leopards into halftime up 1-0. Gunter and the Dragons had stopped five previous Lafayette corners in the half, while Drexel was awarded just one first half penalty corner.