Philadelphia, Pa. - The Drexel women's lacrosse team scored their first win over Penn since 1993, upsetting the No. 11 Penn Quakers at Franklin Field, 11-8. The Dragons and Quakers shared 19 shots and nine draws each on Saturday. Drexel held a 5-2 lead at half, and tallied six more points in the final 30 minutes of play to defeat Penn for only the second time in program history. Kelli Joran and Kelly Palace combined for six goals in the win. The Dragons are now 3-0, which marks the best start since 2010.
In the opening minutes of play, junior Kelly Palace found the back of the net from teammate Jessica Rudloff's pass to give the Dragons an early 1-0 lead. Penn answered back with two goals by Maddie Poplawski and Meredith Cain with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half, 2-1. In the following possession, Amanda Norcini tested the Quakers' defense and converted on a free position attempt to tie the game. At the 9:22 mark, Alyse Maiden netted an unassisted goal. Rudloff and Palace continued the scoring run giving Drexel a 5-2 lead at half time.
The Quakers opened up the second half on their attacking end scoring two straight goals to bring the game within one point, 5-4. With 19:15 remaining on the clock, Joran scored an unassisted goal. Penn's Catherine Dickinson made a successful free position shot. Joran scored back-to-back goals along with another goal by Palace following Dickinson's goal to give Drexel a 9-5 advantage. With just under seven minutes left to play, the Quakers closed the deficit to one-goal, 9-8. Drexel scored two more goals in the final minutes of play earning a 11-8 victory.
Joran has scored a hat trick in all three of the Dragons' contests so far this season. She leads the team with nine goals and four assists for 13 total points. Palace has also posted three goals in two straight games and moved to second on the team in scoring with seven goals. Rudloff recorded a new season-high with two goals and three points against Penn. Sophomore Joelle Hartke netted her first career goal at Drexel, along with scores by Norcini and Maiden.
Joran also led the squad with three draw control wins and two caused turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley turned away five shots. She now has 18 saves on the season. Opposing goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson posted four saves.
The Dragons will visit Saint Joseph's on Friday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m.