Drexel Falls to JMU in Overtime in CAA Women’s Lacrosse Final

The Dragons Are Denied the Title on a Free Position Goal, Colleen Grady Sets Records

May 9, 2021 –

The lacrosse teams tried to replicate what the basketball programs accomplished two months ago. To win the CAA Championship by the men’s and women’s program in the same sport. The men won on Saturday over Hofstra. The women’s team fell just short losing to the JMU Dukes in overtime 13 – 12. The game decider came on a free position goal by Lizzy Fox.

Senior attack Colleen Grady turned in a seven-point effort; 4 goals and 3 assists both a team-high. The four goals scored are the most scored by a Dragon in a CAA Tournament game. On her third assist at the 5:50 mark of the second half, Grady broke the all-time assist record. The senior dished 95 assists during her time at Drexel passing Kerry Kelly ’07.

Lucy Schneidereith followed up on her semifinal hat trick with another one in the final game. Corinne Bednarik scored and assisted twice. Courtney Dietzel had 2 goals.

Isabella Peterson scored a game-high 5 goals. Taylor Marchetti found the back of the net three times.

After a closely contested first half JMU opened a three-goal lead just over 8 minutes into the second half to lead 9 – 6. Schneidereith began a run of six consecutive goals by the Dragons to get a 12 – 9 lead at the 4:58 mark. Both Schneidereith and Grady had two goals in that stretch. Drexel was close to the crown.

But JMU responded on two goals by Marchettti and Katelyn Morgan scored unassisted with 1:13 left in regulation. It would be another overtime game for the second straight time for the Dragons. Overtime was kind to Drexel in the semifinal against Towson. It was not so kind in the final. Fox converted a free position opportunity with 2;05 showing on the clock.

The Dukes had the advantage in shots at 37 – 31, but the Dragons had more on goal 28 – 25. JMU goal keeper Molly Dougherty made 16 saves in being named as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Drexel net minder kept 12 shots out of the goal.

In draw controls the Dragons won 20 with Karson Harris winning a game-high 7 and Bednarik controlling 6. The Dukes won 8 draws, but picked up 21 ground balls to 10.

Harris, Dietzel, Lucy and Jamie Schneidereith represented Drexel on the All-Tournament team.

The Dragons finish the season with a 13 – 2 record. Their postseason fate will be determined by the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Selection Committee on Sunday.


Written By: Glenn Papazian

Contact: Glenn@PhillyCollegeSports.com

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