EASTON, Pa.– Lafayette knocked off the 15th-ranked Drexel Dragons in a 2-1 thriller on Friday.
Two corners led to a two-goal night for Brittany Blass, her second multi-goal performance in the first five games. Co-captains Emily Valeo and Deanna DiCroce assisted on both goals.
“I thought we played with really good energy.” head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “We said we wanted to represent Lafayette and the work that we’ve done, and I think we did that really well [Friday].”
Goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch made four saves on the night, as the defense in front of her posted solid plays.
“I think the energy was great and the work rate all over the field, especially defensively, created a lot of opportunities for us,” Griffiths added.
A stalemate for most of the first half, the first goal came with no time left on the clock, as a Lafayette corner ended the half. DiCroce fed to Valeo who found Blass for the goal, giving the Leopards the 1-0 lead going into the break.
Lafayette took advantage of another corner in the 54th minute, giving the Leopards a 2-0 lead.
“I was happy to get a lot of corners, and to score on two really nice ones,” Griffiths said. “That was the difference in the game. Drexel is a really strong team, so I’m very pleased with the result.”
In the 57th minute, No. 15 Drexel made its move for a comeback. A long cross from Lindsay McArdle found Mary Lynam, who deflected the ball into the back of the net to pull the Dragons within one with 13 minutes remaining.
Drexel subbed in an extra attacker for Gunter with six minutes remaining. Lafayette hung on for the 2-1 victory, its first against a top-25 team since Sept 16, 2009, when they took down No. 21 Penn State.