PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Battling frigid temperatures, the American University lacrosse fell to Drexel, 14-4, in its season opener on Sunday afternoon at Vidas Field.
Four different players got on the scoreboard for the Eagles, while Emily Duffey and Devin Nehill led the Dragons with four goals each.
Drexel (1-0) got out to an early 2-0 lead before junior Madison Hoon got American on the board with a free-position goal less than five minutes into the game. After two more tallies by the Dragons, senior captain Olivia Mangan found the back of the net to cut the margin to 4-2.
However, Drexel extended its lead with three straight goals, including a man-up score with just over five minutes remaining in the half. A tally by sophomore Jennifer DeSimone with 3:49 on the clock brought the score to 7-3 at the half.
The Dragons pulled away after the break, rattling off seven straight goals while keeping the Eagles off the board for the majority of the period. American's only score of the second half came with 2:24 remaining, when freshman Brooke Stapleton registered her first career goal for the Eagles.
Shots were fairly even for the game, with Drexel holding a slight 22-21 edge, but American (0-1) came up with just 11 shots on goal compared to 16 by the Dragons. Drexel also came up with seven saves, including five in the second half, while the Eagles registered just two saves.
"A fast and very deep Drexel team was able to capitalize on our mistakes today," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "While the score doesn't reflect the effort that was given, we allowed ourselves to dig a hole that we couldn't get out of.
"We look forward with determination to regroup, get back to work and prepare for top-20 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday."