Drexel Falls Short Against No. 19 William & Mary

“I'm very proud of the way our team played today in what was a very physical game,” Head Coach Christine Halfpenny said. “The entire team stuck to the game plan, competed hard for the entire 60 minutes and was unfazed by the physical play. Our depth was a key factor with five different players scoring, and it was fun getting back to how we're capable of playing.”

As a team, W&M dominated the draw controls, 20-11, and held a 19-14 advantage in ground balls. A number of Tribe players had a key role in helping the College dominate the draws, as nine players recorded at least one while five totaled at least three.

“Our team's ability to win the draw was a significant factor in the victory,” Halfpenny said. “While a number of players posted impressive performances, Jenny Michael and Katie Rees both came off the bench and were huge with three draw controls apiece – some of which came in key situations.”

Defensively, junior goalkeeper Emily Geary earned a season-best 14 saves, while sophomore Denise Lenihan had three caused turnovers.

After neither team was able to score during the opening five minutes, Wannen gave the Tribe and early 1-0 lead when she found the back of the net on a free position opportunity with 24:13 showing.

Although, Drexel answered with a pair of goals in the next four minutes, the College countered with a 3-0 run to go ahead, 4-2, midway through the opening half. Zulty and Golden ignited the run with goals coming just 34 second apart, while Wannen finished off the stretch.

A score by Kelli Joran with 14:52 left briefly cut the margin to one, but the Tribe closed the half with 5-1 run to build a 9-4 lead at halftime. Wannen provided two goals during the run, as she already had four at the intermission.

The Tribe continued to extend its lead during the opening minutes of the second half, as Golden scored three times in the first 3:03 to push the advantage to 12-4.

While Drexel responded with a 4-1 run to get within 13-8 midway through the half, Golden registered a pair of goals just 24 seconds apart, coming at 11:47 and 11:43, to extend the lead to seven.

Although the Dragons finished the contest by scoring four of the final six goals, they were unable to get closer than five the rest of the way as W&M cruised to the victory.

The Tribe will return to action again next weekend when it hosts Delaware on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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2010-04-11



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