Late Rally Runs Short, and Explorers Fall to Drexel

La Salle opened the game with a goal in the first two minutes as the Explorers' leading scorer Jill Davis gave the home squad an early lead. Drylie-Perkins responded with her first two goals with the second coming on a pass from Danielle Iacono with 16:41 remaining in the period. Stefany McKee knotted the game at 2-2 but the Explorers would not score again for more than 31 minutes of action.

Katie Lawson gave Drexel a lead it would not relinquish when the senior connected on a free-position shot for her 25 goal of the season. With less than five minutes remaining in the half, Charlotte Wood and Kelli Joran scored unassisted goals with Joran's score coming with just 22 seconds remaining.

The Dragons kept the offensive pressure on in the second half as Katie Blazer scored after four minutes of action in the second period. Just 15 seconds later, freshman Alyse Maiden tallied an unassisted goal with Sam Berger tacking on another goal 65 seconds after Maiden's tally. Emily Kane took a Maiden pass to complete the seven-goal run and hand the Dragons' a 9-2 lead with 22:26 remaining in the game.

The Explorers halted the run as Lauren McDermott scored two consecutive goals. Drylie-Perkins got the Dragons one of the goals back with 8:30 remaining but the Explorers scored three straight goals on free-position shots to bring the margin closer as time wound down. The final free-position shot cut Drexel's lead to 10-7 with 2:29 left but Drylie-Perkins picked up her fourth goal of the game a minute later to ice the game.

Drexel held slim advantages in both shots and draw controls as the Dragons fired 26 shots to the Explorers' 21, while Drexel won 12 of the game's 21 draws. Johnson's nine saves came the game's first 48:56 as she gave way to Rachael Behrndt who stopped three shots and allowed three goals. Megan Corliss made eight stops while absorbing the loss. Nicole Musto earned a team-high three draw controls and also caused a pair of turnovers.

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2010-03-14



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