Philadelphia - No. 18 Drexel Field Hockey scored two second-half goals, but was unable to outlast Delaware, 4-2, under the lights at Buckley Field. Drexel outshot the Blue Hens, 16-10, while both teams shared seven penalty corners each. The loss dropped the Dragons to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Delaware is now 2-3 in the league.
In the seventh minute of the opening half, junior Lindsay McArdle intercepted Delaware's pass in the middle of the field and broke out towards the attacking circle. McArdle made a diving attempt sending the ball towards the goal, but the Blue Hen's goalkeeper Sarah Scher slid out to block the incoming shot keeping the game tied, 0-0. The game continued with back and fourth play as neither team was able to put points on the board.
With just 4:40 remaining in the first, Delaware's Kelsey McKee scored off of a direct shot from a penalty corner giving the Blue Hen's a 1-0 lead. Delaware led by one after 35 minutes of play. The Blue Hens had five shots to Drexel's three and both teams earned two corners.
The Dragons put immediate pressure on Delaware's defense at the start of the second half. With 19 minutes into the half, McArdle beat two defenders just inside the circle and chipped the ball off of a reverse hit into the far corner of the Blue Hen's goal to tie the game, 1-1. At 60:00, Delaware's McKee tallied another goal off of a penalty corner to take back the lead, 2-1.
With just under five minutes remaining, senior captain Amanda Fleischut sent a deep pass to McArdle who carried the ball inside the circle before dishing a pass to teammate Elise DiDonato for the shot on goal. The opposing goalie made the initial stop, but DiDonato recovered her own rebound flicking the ball into the cage to even the score, 2-2.
Delaware rushed into Drexel's defensive end following the restart as Michaela Patzner scored a quick goal to give the Blue Hen's a 3-2 advantage. The Dragons pulled Gunter from the cage after the goal giving Drexel an extra attacker in the remaining minutes of the game. With no time left on the clock, Delaware scored on its final corner attempt.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jantien Gunter made four saves. Delaware's Sarah Scher had seven stops, including six in the second half.
The game marked the team's annual Play for the Cure event to help heighten breast cancer awareness and raise money for Susan G. Komen as well as the American Cancer Society.
Drexel Field Hockey is off until Friday, October 26 as the Dragons host Northeastern at 7:00 p.m. on Senior Day.