Drexel Ladies can’t hold the lead. They drop one in overtime, 13-12. The #10 Drexel Lady Dragons (11-4) took on three-time defending James Madison University (13-2) for the CAA Championship. In an absolute thriller, JMU prevailed in the overtime stanza for the fourth consecutive title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
A very entertaining first half was started just :42 in when Drexel’s Courtney Dietzel (2g) nailed a goal off a pretty Colleen Grady assist.
Katie Chrckosky (1g,2a) converted a Lizzy Fox set up on the advantage to even the score. Grady (4g,3a) hit net at the 24:20 mark and again at 19:56 giving the Dragons a 3-1 edge. The Dukes answered with a four-goal run furnished by Isabella Peterson (5G) with a natural hat trick. Daria Lucchesi (1g) but Corinne Badnarik (2g,2a) thwarted the uprising to close the half with JMU in front, 5-4.
Things opened wide in the second half with a combined 15 markers. Lucy Schneidereith (3g) kicked things off just a minute forty-nine in to make it 5-5. Peterson hit net twice :45 apart, Forty-five seconds after that it was Badnarik hitting 29th and we were at a 7-6 game. Taylor Marchetti (3g) and Emma Greenhill (1g,1a) pushed the Dukes to a 9-6 advantage.
Drexel took their turn with a run with Lucy Schneidereith adding her 54th and 55th, Badnarik assisting on a Dietzel goal, Grady scoring and Grady assisting on Claire Jarema’s 1st goal, with 4:58 to go, Grady found rope again and the Dragons seemed to have this one firmly in hand, 12-9.
Hold that thought…at 4:21 and 2:07 Marchetti cut it to a one-goal game and with just 1:13 left, Katelyn Morgan (1g,1a) sent it to extra time, Lizzy Fox (1g,1a) ended the carnival at 2:05 and the Dukes captured their fourth consecutive Conference title.
Bet You Didn’t Know
JMU will face #14 John’s Hopkins… Drexel was awarded an “at large bid”. Duke’s netminder, Molly Dougherty had a career-high 16 saves scooping 4 loose balls while being named the “Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Emma Johnson and Isabella Peterson were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Dukes held the edge in shots, 37-31 despite being on the short end of Shots on Goal, 28-25. Drexel committed 13 turnovers to 8. JHU grabbed 21 ground balls with Drexel nabbing 10. Drexel Ladies can’t hold the lead.