The Dragons Win the Title In Thrilling Fashion
May 8, 2022 –
The Dragons are going to the NCAA Tournament as the winners of the CAA, their first championship in program history. It will also will be the second consecutive appearance in the NCAA’s by virtue of a thrilling 11 – 10 overtime win over the top-seeded Towson Tigers. A goal 47 seconds into overtime by junior attack Allison Drake capped the crown. Their opponent will be announced on Sunday night.
Drexel got out to a fast start scoring the first four goals of the game, two by midfielder Lucy Schneidereith who scored a game-high 4 goals. The Dragons led 8 – 4 at halftime. The game tightened in the third quarter as the top-seeded Tigers cut the gap to a goal on back to back scores by Towson attack Halley Koras, her 28th of the year. Schneidereith scored with 7 seconds left in the quarter to give the Dragons some breathing room.
They would need it as the Tigers netted the only two goals of the fourth quarter, the last by attack Kerri Thornton with 2:31 showing on the clock.
The horn sounded, and the teams would decide the title in the extra time. Towson had the momentum. Karson Harris won the draw for Drexel. Towson was shown a green card for delay of game allowing the Dragons to have a player-up advantage. Then Drake ended the game, assisted by Coleen Grady. Drexel is going dancing.
Drake, Harris, and Hayleigh Simpson scored two goals each for the Dragons. Grady contributed a goal and 4 assists. Harris has 62 goals this year, the program-high for most goals in a single season.
Koras posted a hat-trick for Towson. Milana Zizakovic and Kerri Liucci found the back of the net twice.
Drexel had a huge advantage winning 18 of 25 draw controls. Corrine Bednarik won 7 and Karson Harris was successful on 6.
Goal Keeper Zoe Bennett made 14 saves in getting the win, her second-highest of the season. Carly Mello saved 11 shots for Towson.
Schneidereith was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament scoring 6 goals over the weekend. Bennett and Simpson were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Written By: Glenn Papazian