PHILADELPHIA--The No. 6 Penn women's lacrosse team scored three goals in each half to edge Drexel 6-5 in a defensive battle, Sunday. The Quakers improved to 1-0 while the Dragons, fell to 2-1 on the season.
Senior Melissa Lehman opened the day's scoring at 9:33, but Drexel responded with two quick goals to take the lead. 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Ali DeLuca and last season's second leading scorer Rachel Manson both scored unassisted goals late in the first half to regain the lead.
Drexel's Gwenna Johnson notched a free position goal to knot the score again heading into the break. The Quakers dominated offensively, outshooting the Dragons 27-14 in the game, but Drexel's Lauren LaBella made 12 saves to keep Penn at bay.
In the second,Manson scored at 1:30 to break the tie, but Drexel fired back with a free position goal at 2:21 to tie it up again.
The defense battled through the next 14 minutes untilLehman broke the silence with a free position goal at 16:28 to put the Quakers ahead for good. Becca Edwards connected with Bethany Warren for the team's sixth goal at 22:07 and gave Penn a one-goal cushion.
Drexel's Johnson notched another free position goal at 23:13, but it was the last opportunity for the Dragons who were stymied by the Quakers' stall in the final minutes of the game.
Penn's Sarah Waxman made five saves in the game.
The Red and Blue continue the season on the road at North Carolina, March 1. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.