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Sep. 9, 2016
Field Hockey fourth in CAA preseason power rankings
For many, fall is synonymous with an end. The leaves change color and begin their mass migration from branch to ground, the heat gives way to a chill in the air, and the carefree summer months are officially replaced with the responsibilities of another school year.
Nov. 6, 2015
Back to back wins secure field hockey team place in CAA playoffs
The Drexel University field hockey team had an eventful weekend. Not only did they win their final two games of the season against tough opponents, they were able to secure the fourth seed in the Colonial Athletic Association playoffs. Senior day was also this past weekend and as such the Dragons honored players Mary Lynam, Danielle Grassi, Jenna Knouse and Lauren Hibshman. Each of these seniors deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the team; their leadership helped propel this young team to a postseason appearance, where there is no doubt they will want to continue the successes of the season.
Oct. 30, 2015
Overtime loss to Hofstra hurts field hockey’s chance of postseason play in CAA
The Drexel University field hockey team lost a tough match against Hofstra University Oct. 26. This loss came after another tough loss to campus rival, the University of Pennsylvania. The Dragons played hard and made the game interesting by forcing overtime, but unfortunately could not hold on. Hofstra is another Colonial Athletic Association opponent, and it would have been helpful to the Dragons postseason hopes to win this matchup.
Oct. 23, 2015
Sloppy defensive play leaves field hockey with big loss
Even though the Drexel University field hockey team started off with a goal less than five minutes into the game, their strong leading effort was not enough to get them a win Wednesday, Oct. 21 versus University City rival, the University of Pennsylvania.
Oct. 16, 2015
Field hockey’s losses to tough opponents leave long road ahead in CAA
It was a tough weekend for the Drexel University’s field hockey team. The lady Dragons were tasked with taking on 18th-ranked James Madison University and second-ranked University of Connecticut. Both games were lopsided both on the score board and on the field. The Dragons did not look quite themselves, as their defense was not as stout as we have been accustomed to seeing. The Dragons allowed a total of 41 shots on goal this weekend, and only managed 17 shots themselves. James Madison and Connecticut were both extremely tough, as was to be expected considering their rankings, but Drexel still played hard and did everything they could.
Oct. 9, 2015
Big week for field hockey shows massive improvement on offense
Call off the dogs, it looks like the Drexel University field hockey team has found its rhythm. Over the past weekend, the Lady Dragons were able to defeat Northeastern University, as well as Rider University. In both games the Dragons were able to net four goals without letting up their defense. Though they struggled at the beginning of the season to simply score a goal, now it seems like the team has found itself offensively. If they can continue to improve on offense and keep this hot streak going they are likely to beat anyone.
Oct. 2, 2015
Big win for field hockey over Lafayette shows progress on offensive end
Although we have only just officially finished the first week of the new term, Drexel’s field hockey team has already been through about a month of action. In that time, the Lady Dragons have accumulated just two wins to six losses. Despite the seemingly bleak start, fretting over the state of this season is premature because this team has great potential.
Sep. 25, 2015
Lack of experience causes rough start to field hockey’s 2015 season
When it rains it pours, and right now the Drexel University field hockey team is in the midst of a downpour.
Aug. 21, 2015
Field hockey looking for new consistency
Then-senior Allyson Fuller fights for the ball during a game last September against Kent State University. (Jean Friese – The Triangle)Fall term at Drexel is just around the corner, which means the field hockey season will shortly follow.
Nov. 7, 2014
Field Hockey ends season with two CAA victories
The Drexel University field hockey team celebrates a goal. (Ken Chaney – The Triangle) The Dragons handed out no sweets to Towson University Oct. 31. After coming off back-to-back losses, which kept Drexel out of the playoffs, the Dragons fought hard to get their first conference win of the year. The Tigers came into this game sporting a 2-14 record and 0-5 record in CAA play. The Dragons held the advantage in records with an 8-8 mark, but their conference record was still winless like Towson’s. This would be a big game for Drexel, even though their opponent didn’t have the greatest record it was still important to beat the Tigers and obtain their first conference win. Much of the first half of this game would be dictated by defense. Right out of the gate Drexel’s Meghan Plank attempted a quick shot on Towson’s goalie, Emilee Woodall, but Woodall sent the shot away. Five minutes later the Dragons would again find themselves in a scoring opportunity when Margaux Lourtie took an opportunity, but her shot went wide of Woodall. Drexel would continue to pressure the Tigers and take advantage of Towson’s inability to clear the ball. The Dragons shot three times but were unable to get the ball in the back of the net. It wouldn’t be until the 20th minute when Lourtie would finally break Towson’s defensives and get the ball in the net for a score. It would not take long for the Dragons to come back and tally another score. Just under two minutes after Lourtie scored the first goal for Drexel, she would score yet again off an assist from Allyson Fuller. With a 2-0 advantage, the Dragons looked to be on a roll. Anytime they can play great offensively, like they were so far in this game, the Dragons have little issues in game. Drexel has played great defense the entire season, the only thing that lacked was a consistent offense. The scoring would subside for just a moment as Drexel continued to pour on the points in the first half. The third goal of the half came from Mary Lynam at around the 30 minute mark. She would increase the Dragons’ lead to 3-0 over the Tigers. The half ended soon after and the Dragons were playing with confidence and energy, eager to get back out onto the field and hold their lead. The second half was scoreless, as both defenses made critical stops to hold each team to their respective scores. The Dragons had opportunities to increase their lead but Woodall would continue making stops, saving a total of 13 shots in the entire game. Jantien Gunter had a relatively quiet game, by her standards, only making four saves. These saves were critical in halting a Tiger come back, however. The fact that she only needed to make four saves shows the energy the Drexel defense played with. This was a big win for the Dragons, because they finally recorded their first conference win of the season. Their main record would improve to 9-8, and their conference record would become 1-4. The Dragons then traveled to Newark, Delaware, for their last game of the season against the University of Delaware Blue Hens on Nov. 2. This Delaware game was a hard fought match, one in which the Drexel defense would again save the day. The first half was almost always in Delaware’s control, and they totaled nine shots to Drexel’s three shots. The Blue Hens were able to take more shots in the first five minutes than the Dragons could in the entire opening frame. Thanks to some quick defensive maneuvers, Drexel held off Delaware, keeping the score even at zero. The dominance of the Blue Hens would continue throughout the first half. Thanks to the Dragons’ energy they made sure to give up zero goals. The energy they had to spend playing defense most definitely hurt their energy on offense because Drexel could not set up offensive sets. It is games such as this that have hurt the Dragons all year. They are able to play excellent defense, however their offense severely lacks. The second half would not turn out to be much different than the first, as Delaware would continue to hog the offensive sets, and Drexel continued to play energetic defense. The Dragons made sure to get in the way of shots, throwing many off-course. Jantien Gunter played a stellar second half, recording big saves to keep the game scoreless. Seeing as this was the last game of her collegiate career, she was definitely focused on giving the Dragons the win. In order to get this win, however, the Dragons and Blue Hens would have to go into extra playing time. The first team to score would be the victor. The problem was that the Dragons struggled mightily to get offensive sets during regulation, let alone shots on goal. It would take one great play to win the game, and one great play it would be. Twenty-one seconds into the overtime period, Chloe Pachuilo took the shot that would win the game for the Dragons. She was able to get the ball past Blue Hens goalie Emmeline Oltmans from about eight yards out. This was a big win for Drexel because it allowed the team to finish with a winning record for the eighth season in a row. Gunter would record the win, and what a way to go off into the sunset. She may not have made into the postseason this season, however, the senior would finish her career with her third straight season of 10 or more wins, and at least five shutouts. Dragons head coach Denise Zelenak commented on the aggression of her team in the final two games despite their elimination from postseason contention. “We will be bringing everything we have, with no regrets.” There is no doubt this team played tough in their final two games. They displayed a great deal of pride and toughness to be able, to not only win the Delaware game, but the Towson game as well. The Dragons will have to face the offseason now, but perhaps next year this time they will be preparing for postseason competition. The team has shown a great deal of promise for next year, but with seniors, like Gunter, leaving, there will definitely be plenty of places to grow and improve for the Dragons. It will be exciting to see what this team will be able to do next season.