Drexel Falls Short Against No. 19 William & Mary

Philadelphia - Drexel women's lacrosse was unable to upset 19th-ranked William & Mary as Grace Golden notched seven goals to help the Tribe defeat Drexel, 17-12. Katie Lawson led the Dragons with four goals including her 100th career goal at Drexel. The loss dropped Drexel's record to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAA while William & Mary improved to 7-5 and 1-1 in the CAA.

The contest was tightly contested early as the Tribe scored the game's first goal before Drexel reeled off two straight as Lawson connected on a free-position shot before Becca Drylie-Perkins took a pass from Nicole Musto to give Drexel its only lead of the game with just over 20 minutes remaining in the half. The Tribe responded with three straight goals, including a pair of free-position shots, with 15:06 left.

Just before the final goal of the run, Musto was issued her second yellow card of the game and was disqualified from the game. Kelli Joran scored a pass from Katie Blazer to bring Drexel to within a goal at 4-3 with 14:52 remaining. Molly Wannen responded with her third and fourth goals of the game to push the Tribe's lead to 6-3. Sam Berger, in her first game back from an injury, finished on a free-position shot to bring Drexel to within two goals but the Trube finished the half with four goals to give the visitors a 9-4 lead at the break.

William & Mary's hot streak continued when play resumed as Golden scored three straight goals to increase the Tribe's lead to 12-4 with 26:57 remaining. Alyse Maiden gave Drexel its first goal of the second half on an unassisted score but Ashley Holofcener responded with a goal on a pass from Mary Zulty. Drexel used a three-goal run to bring the margin to within five goals at 13-8.

The second of the three-goal run featured Lawson's 100th career goal. With the Dragons threatening to get back into the game, Golden once again gave the Tribe some more breathing room with her sixth and seventh goals of the game. Drexel scored four of the final six goals of the game but it was not nearly enough as the 19th-ranked Tribe escaped Vidas Field with the victory.

The game was stopped and restarted often as the officials awarded 24 free-position shots and issued 10 cards, including eight given to Drexel. Along with Musto, Allegra Gerhardt also collected a pair of yellow cards and was sent off in the second half. Drexel struggled from the 8-meter mark, connecting on just 3 of 14 free-position shots.

The Dragons outshot the Tribe, 38-36, but corralled just 11 of the game's 31 draws. Whitney Johnson made three saves while allowing six goals before being replaced late in the first half by Rachael Behrndt who compiled 11 saves while allowing 11 scores. Emily Geary stopped 14 shots to earn the victory.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 11, 2010)-Junior Grace Golden nearly equaled a single-game school record with seven goals as the 19th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team earned a 17-12 victory at Drexel on Sunday afternoon.

Golden finished the contest with a career-high eight points (7g, 1a), which ties as the fourth-best single-game total in school history. Additionally, the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List selection registered five ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover.

Junior Ashley Holofcener also etched her name in the Tribe (7-5, 1-1) record book, as she became the program's career record holder for assists (72). Holofcener tallied four points (1g, 3a) against the Dragons (9-3, 1-1), while senior Mary Zulty and junior Molly Wannen both totaled four goals apiece. Zulty's stat line also included an assist, two ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers, while Wannen added three draw controls.

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