Drexel Advances to the CAA Final by Defeating Towson in Overtime
May 7, 2021 –
The day turned out to be quite a day of firsts for the Dragons women’s lacrosse team. Drexel made it to their initial CAA Women’s Lacrosse championship game. And the team got there on an overtime goal by attack Courtney Dietzel, her first of the game. Top seeded Drexel wins the semifinal thriller 15 – 14 over the #5 Towson Tigers in Harrisonburg, VA. The decider came at the 5:40 mark of the third period, a man-up goal.
The game got started 75 minutes late due to a lightening delay. Once it started the game was a thriller throughout. Up until the last twenty minutes the contest was tied 7 times and the largest differential was two goals.
The game evened again on a Towson goal by midfielder Blair Pearre. She scored twice more and a goal by midfielder Lindsey Marshall put the Tigers ahead 14 – 11 with 11 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock. But Towson would score no more.
Drexel began the comeback at the 7:46 mark when attack Colleen Grady found the back of the net. It started a run of 3 Dragons goals within one minute of play. Midfielders Jamie Schneidereith and Karson Harris tallied in man-up situations. The semifinal headed to overtime, and the deciding goal by Dietzel.
Four Dragons recorded hat tricks; Harris, Jamie Schneidereith, Lucy Schneidereith, and Corinne Bednarik. Harris also handed out an assist.
Pearre had a game-high 5 goals for Towson and dished out an assist. Also with a hat trick were Marshall and attack Kerri Thornton.
The Dragons outshot the Tigers 32 – 24 with 28 – 21 being the advantage in shots on goal. Drexel goal keeper Zoe Bennett came up with 7 saves. Towson keeper Carly Merlo came up big recoding 13 saves.
In draw controls Drexel had a 19 – 12 edge as Harris won a game-best 8 draws. Bednarik won 6 for the Dragons. Marshall won the draw 6 times for the Tigers.
Drexel will play for its first ever CAA title against the winner of the other semifinal game Hofstra vs. JMU. on Sunday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian