Philadelphia – Drexel University's field hockey team handed Virginia Commonwealth its first loss of the season, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Buckley Field. Junior forward Elise DiDonato scored the game-winning goal in the opening minutes of the second half to secure the win for Drexel. The Dragons recorded their second-straight win improving to 7-3 overall. The Rams dropped to 7-1.
In the 42nd minute of the game, DiDonato regained possession off of her blocked shot and chipped the loose ball over the left shoulder of opposing goalkeeper Megan Botteri. The Dragons led by one for the remainder for the contest.
VCU consistently pushed the ball up the field into the attacking end, however, Drexel's defensive unit was able to shut down all 12 of the Rams' penalty corner attempts. Sophomore goalkeeper Jantien Gunter recorded nine saves for a new season-high and tallied her fourth shutout of the season.
The Dragons will visit Towson on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. before hosting New Hampshire on Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 p.m. on the Dragons' home turf at Buckley field. The squad is 4-0 at home.