Women’s lacrosse continues to struggle in early season

Lacey Aghazarian pushes the ball up the field. Aghazarian, a sophomore midfielder from Maryland, netted 3 goals in the Dragons’ 17-10 loss to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. (Photo Courtesy - Drexeldragons.com)

Lacey Aghazarian pushes the ball up the field. Aghazarian, a sophomore midfielder from Maryland, netted 3 goals in the Dragons’ 17-10 loss to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. (Photo Courtesy – Drexeldragons.com)

The Drexel University women’s lacrosse team faced off against the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers on March 6, 8 and 11, respectively. The Dragons lost all three games, dropping their record to 1-6, remaining winless on the road.

The Dragons fell to the Minutewomen 9-4 in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Goalkeeper Teresha Bradley had an impressive effort, making 14 saves. Jocelyn Quaile played a strong game on defense. She caused three turnovers, two draw controls and four ground balls. Madeline DiBrino aided the Dragons with two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Caroline Thiele helped with the defensive effort with the same numbers, two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

The Dragons got on the board first with a goal from Joelle Hartke off a pass from Milan White. The goal was Hartke’s second of the season. However, UMass quickly tied the game less than three minutes later. Minutewoman Nicole Troost scored the goal, which was followed by three more unanswered UMass goals. The score was 4-1 going into halftime.

The Minutewomen were the first to score in the second half, but Drexel responded quickly with a score. Nadia Pelham-Lacey scored her third goal of the season off a feed from Devin Nihill. Soon after, Emily Kellett brought the Dragons within two goals, making the score 5-3.

The Minutewomen would go on a run in the remaining time of the second half, scoring a total of nine goals for the game, while the Dragons could not keep up despite a strong effort.

The Dragons suffered another loss against the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The Dragons fell to the Wildcats 6-10. The Wildcats took a quick 4-0 lead and continued to dominate throughout the game. The score was 6-1 at the half and Drexel could not catch up even with a run in the final minutes.

Lacey Aghazarian registered two goals for Drexel, giving her six on the season. Aghazarian and Nihill are the top scorers on the team. Goals for the Dragons were also scored by Pelham-Lacey, White, Alissa Watts and Hartke.

DiBrino continued to have success on defense with two caused turnovers, four draw controls and three ground balls.

The Dragon women were bested by the UMBC Retrievers in Baltimore. They suffered a 17-10 loss in a high scoring competition.

The Dragons quickly got on the board first less than a minute into the game with a goal from Pelham-Lacey. This gave her five goals on the season. The Retrievers came back from the one goal deficit, scoring three goals in eight minutes to take a lead that would last throughout the contest.

Aghazarian was responsible for three Dragon goals, the most in any of the road games so far this season. Emily Duffey and Hartke added to Drexel’s goal total with two each. Kellet and White also contributed one goal each for the Dragons. This was White’s sixth score of the season.

Drexel will return to action when they welcome the Villanova University Wildcats Saturday, March 14 to Vidas Field.