Late Rally Runs Short, and Explorers Fall to Drexel

PHILADELPHIA - Two days after its monumental five-goal comeback at Monmouth, La Salle Lacrosse found itself in another situation in which it had to put together a late rally. Unfortunately for the Explorers, they fell short in the effort, losing 11-7 to the Drexel Dragons at McCarthy Stadium on Sunday.

Trailing 10-4 with 8:30 remaining, senior Stefany McKee scored her second goal of the day to reduce the deficit to a five-goal Drexel lead. With the Explorers down by only five goals at that moment, Friday's comeback suddenly became a motivational tool in Sunday's effort to possibly upset the Dragons.

Fresh off her eight-point performance, which inlcuded seven goals against Monmouth, redshirt senior Jill Davis recorded her second goal of the afternoon on a free position shot, just 37 seconds after McKee's goal, to bring the Explorers even closer.

Drexel, who had committed four penalties that yielded to yellow cards, lost junior Katie Blazer for the remainder of regulation at the 2:31 mark for dangerous play. Playing without a defensive attacker hurt the Dragons when La Salle junior Ashley Rutz scored on a free position shot two seconds later.

Narrowing the Drexel lead to a three-goal deficit with a little over two minutes to play had déjà vu going through the minds of the Explorers.

Drexel's Becca Drylie-Perkins completed a five-point day against the Explorers to give the Dragons an 11-7 lead with 1:19 remaining, which put a dagger in La Salle's hopes of manufacturing its second straight five-goal comeback. Drylie-Perkins, who was ranked second on the team in points scored heading into the game, finsihed with four goals on the afternoon.

Davis got the Explorers off to a quick start against the Dragons of Drexel, who entered the game 6-1 on the season when she scored the game's first goal not even two minutes into the game.

Nearly five minutes later, Drylie-Perkins put the Dragons back in the game when she tied the score at one.

After Drylie-Perkins tied the game, she ended up putting the ball in the back of the net 6:32 later to give Drexel their first lead of the game.

Sunday's game continued to be played in a back-and-forth fashion when McKee scored her 10th goal of the season to deadlock the game at two apiece.

From the time McKee got the Explorers back into the contest and before freshman Lauren McDermott put together back-to-back goals in the middle of the second half, Drexel scored seven straight goals.

With Drexel at its maximum seven-goal advantage, McDermott's two goals are what sparked La Salle's offense into scoring five of the last seven goals.

La Salle was able to keep pace with Drexel deep in the game, because it found a way to keep senior Katie Lawson off of the scoreboard for much of the day. Lawson entered play against the Explorers with 24 goals through seven games for the Dragons. The Explorers managed to hold her to just one tally on the afternoon.

The Explorers (3-3) wrap up play at McCarthy Stadium until their return on March 26. La Salle now gets ready for a two-game road trip beginning at Villanova on Wednesday when it looks to defeat the Wildcats for the second straight season. The commencing draw control is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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Philadelphia - Drexel scored seven straight goals to improve to 7-1 on the season as the Dragons downed city rival La Salle, 11-7. Becca Drylie-Perkins poured in four goals while Whitney Johnson made nine saves and allowed just four goals in a shade under 49 minutes in the net. Three players scored a pair of goals for the Explorers who had their record evened at 3-3.

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2010-03-14



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