La Salle Falls to Crosstown Rival Drexel

PHILADELPHIA - Caitlyn Brostrand (Runnemede, N.J./Camden Catholic) drained three goals and assisted on one more, but La Salle could not overcome a first half deficit in a 10-8 loss to crosstown foe Drexel under wind-driven rains at McCarthy Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Katelyn Fay (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) also added two goals for the Explorers (3-3). Kelly Palace and Eva Winiarski drained three apiece to lead the Dragons (4-3).

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PHILADELPHIA - Drexel got its first road victory of the season on Wednesday night, defeating nearby rival La Salle, 10-8, in North Philadelphia. Eva Winiarski and Kelly Palace scored three goals each as the Dragons scored seven straight goals to overcome an early two score deficit.

Joelle Hartke added a goal and three assists for a team-best four points, while Alissa Watts scored two goals and assisted on one, matching Winiarski and Palace's three points each. Teresha Bradley stopped six shots for the Dragons, who moved to 4-3 with the victory.

Winiarski netted Drexel's first goal after La Salle's Caitlyn Brostrand was issued a yellow card just over four minutes into the action. Hartke assisted on the score. Watts followed just over a minute later with her first score of the night, a free position goal.

After Drexel grabbed the early 2-0 lead, the Explorers roared back on the rainy night with four straight to take a 4-2 lead midway through the first half. From there, the Dragons took over. Palace pulled Drexel back within one with her goal at the 12:47 mark, the first of three for the senior. The game marked her third this season with at least three goals, the second such game in a row.

Emily Duffey pulled the Dragons back even with 5:49 to go before halftime, an unassisted score for her eighth of the year. Just 30 seconds later, Watts netted her second of the night to put the Dragons back on top. Palace scored again with 100 seconds remaining in the first half, and Hartke once again hooked up with Winiarski to give Drexel a three-goal lead heading into the break.

Palace and Winiarski added their third goals to open the scoring in the second half and put Drexel in a commanding position, up 9-4. The Dragons had stifled the La Salle attack for over 30 minutes of game play before Brostrand finally ended the Explorer drought and pulled them back within four goals with 13:03 remaining.

La Salle crept back within two goals when Erin McCabe scored with 1:15 to play, but the Dragons got a critical draw control after the score that allowed them to ice the win away. In all, Drexel won 12 of 20 draws on the evening.

Drexel will return to action on Saturday when the Dragons visit Louisville. That game begins at noon.


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