ELON, N.C. – Under a cloud of steady rain, the Elon women’s lacrosse team was unable to overcome Drexel today, April 19, falling 10-7 in the final regular-season game of the season.
The Phoenix (8-8, 1-5) outshot the Dragons (4-11, 1-4), 23-19, went a perfect 12-for-12 in clear attempts and won nine draw controls. Stephanie Asher won three of those draws, scored two goals and had one assist for the maroon and gold on the day. Elon was led by three goals from Abby Godfrey, while Sloane Kessler and Elle Hvozdovic also netted scores for the Phoenix. In goal, Rachel Ramirez recorded eight saves and picked up three of Elon’s 11 ground balls in the game.
Kessler got the game started with the first score, and her 17th of the season, just 53 seconds into the game, giving Elon an early 1-0 lead. The Dragons responded with three straight goals to claim a 3-1 advantage with 19:44 remaining in the half.
After a free-position attempt for Elon, Asher got the ball to Godfrey at the 15:48 mark to close the gap to one, 3-2, before Hvozdovic tied the game, 3-3, with a free-position shot with 10:04 to play before the break. Drexel managed to rattle of three goals in the final nine minutes of the half to close the frame with a 6-3 edge over the Phoenix.
In the first two minutes of the second half, Asher netted two goals, her 43rd and 44th of the season, to quickly put the maroon and gold within one of the Dragons, 6-5, with 28:03 left in the game.
Drexel’s Emily Duffey and Godfrey traded two goals each back and forth, making it an 8-7 Dragon advantage with 12:54 to play. DU won the ensuing draw and managed to hold on to the ball for the next eight minutes, scoring a goal at the 4:22 mark to move ahead by two of Elon, 9-7. The Phoenix was unable to answer, while the Dragons claimed another score to finish with the three-goal edge.
The Dragons finished 13-of-17 in clears, claimed 13 ground balls and won 11 draws in the game. Nadia Pelham-Lacey netted a team-high three goals for Drexel followed by two goals each from Caroline Thiele, Lacey Aghazarian and Duffey. Teresha Bradley claimed the win in goal after nine saves.