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The Weekend of the Dragon September 25, 2012

Posted by Sam Angell in Field Hockey, General, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer.
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While it was a tough weekend around town for the Philadelphia professional teams, it was quite the opposite out at the Vidas Athletic Complex at Drexel. Drexel’s three field sports, field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer went 4-0-1 this weekend and after all was said and done, all three were ranked regionally and one was in the national top 25.

It all started on Friday afternoon when the 23rd-ranked field hockey team got the ball rolling. Drexel gave up a goal in the first half, but tallied twice in the second half to edge James Madison, 2-1, its first Colonial Athletic Association game of the season at Vidas Field. Sophomore Christina Conrad scored the game-winning goal with just under seven minutes remaining in the game as the Dragons improved to 6-3 on the season. Amanda Fleischut scored the team’s other goal.

After field hockey, it was alumni night for the women’s soccer program. Approximately 20 former players showed up at the Kopp Lounge at the field house for a reception prior to the match between the Dragons, ranked sixth in the region, and George Mason. The Patriots stunned the crowd with a goal in the opening minutes, taking the early lead. It stayed that way until late in the match when sophomore Melissa Chapman’s header off a corner kick from Christine Stevenson evened it up at 1-1. The teams went to overtime before finishing the contest in a deadlock. With the tie, Drexel extended its unbeaten streak to eight matches, the longest streak in school history.

Saturday was a new day and the men’s soccer team had a daunting task in front of it. Not only was it the start of conference play, but Old Dominion would be making its last appearance as a CAA member at Vidas Field. The Monarchs, ranked as high as fourth in the nation entering the match, came in with a gaudy resume of six wins in six matches. Among their victims were No. 25 Navy, Seton Hall and Central Florida. But their most impressive win was a 2-1 victory at No. 2 Creighton in front of 6,800 rowdy fans. The Dragons felt good about themselves going in, but even the most confident fan couldn’t have seen this coming. Drexel scored two goals in the first 34 minutes on their way to a convincing 4-1 win.

Sophomore midfielder Michele Pataia had his first career multi-goal match with two scores. Mark Donohue and Fabio Machado also had goals, while Tim Washam made six stops in giving the Dragons their second win over a top-20 team in its last three home matches dating back to last year. With the win, the Dragons moved to 4-2-1 and entered the regional rankings for the first time this year at No. 9.

The Dragons capped off the weekend with two more games, two more wins and a pair of shutouts on Sunday. The field hockey team once again got it started at Buckley Field, this time with a 1-0 blanking of VCU. Junior forward Elise DiDonato scored the game-winning goal in the opening minutes of the second half for Coach Zelenak’s team and the defense held the Rams off the board the rest of the way. Sophomore Jantien Gunter recorded a career-best nine saves and her fourth shutout as Drexel picked up its seventh win of the season and handed VCU its first loss (7-1).

Just a few hundred yards away at the bottom of the hill on Vidas Field, the women’s soccer team was ready to try and duplicate field hockey’s success, and the Dragons did just that. It took a while as the visiting Towson Tigers bent but didn’t break in the first half as the teams went to intermission scoreless. The second half was a whole different story, as Drexel scored four times to remain unbeaten at home over the last two seasons. Chapman had another header for what proved to be the game-winner. After that the flood gates opened as Caitlin Gottier, Alex Vazquez and Jess Sarkisian scored for Coach Goon’s club. Eve Badana picked up her fifth shutout of the season, and the weekend at Vidas was complete.

For the first time since joining the league, Drexel had both a men’s and women’s CAA Player of the Week. Chapman got the award for the women, while Pataia got the award for the men. He was also named to the College Soccer News.com National Team of the Week. All three teams opened the CAA seasons with wins, but all know that one weekend at Vidas doesn’t make a season. There will be more battles ahead in conference play this weekend as field hockey travels to Towson, women’s soccer goes to both UNCW and Georgia State, while Coach Hess and his men travel to William & Mary.

More Halloween Fun with the Dragons October 31, 2011

Posted by Sam Angell in General, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer.
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Last week, we brought you a video of Drexel student-athletes and coaches describing their favorite Halloween costumes. Now, the day itself is upon us, and the Dragons’ Athletic Training staff has not disappointed, with each trainer dressing as one of the student athletes from his or her team.

Here’s Phil VandeBerg, Lindsey Toman and Ryan Fries. No one knows their student athletes better than these guys, and it shows in the attention to detail here. Although we must say, we don’t know any women’s basketball player with the impressive tattoos all over their right arm like Lindsey has here.

But that aside, these guys have been seen throughout the building all day with these outfits on. Phil hasn’t even taken his helmet off whenever we’ve seen him. And Lindsey’s headband really pulls the whole outfit together.

By the way, for those wondering, Scott Ellis left earlier today but was wearing his men’s soccer uniform while he was in the building. Which means that Ryan is sporting the women’s version here. Looks good Fries, the shin guards are an excellent touch of authenticity.

Your Best Halloween Costumes: Dragon Style October 27, 2011

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Ever wondered what your favorite athletes did for Halloween when they were growing up? Well, here are some of Drexel’s athletes and coaches being interviewed about some of their favorites. How about Women’s Soccer Head Coach Ray Goon dressing up as one of the three blind mice? I guess the referee costumes were all sold out so he went for the next best thing? Or ever wonder what Kamile Nacickaite would look like with a Snooki hairdo? Now’s your chance.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Dragon Clicks October 12, 2011

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A few stories for you on this dreary, grey Wednesday morning as the air conditioning outside the Sports Information office continues to be repaired…

 

The West Deptford Patch profiles Drexel women’s soccer standout Jenna Lindsay.

Drexel squash head coach John White won the Maryland Legends tournament over the weekend.

Greg Harrah of Crystal Lake, Illinois has chosen to wrestle for the Dragons over Michigan State and Arizona State.

Ari Bluestein outlines Philly’s basketball options in the absence of the NBA (which probably should just be “Philly’s basketball options anyway”).

The Manning River Times out of Australia recaps the women’s U.S. Open final at the DAC last week.

 

Enjoy your Wednesdays, everybody.

 

Now Entering the Dragons Den August 24, 2011

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Welcome to the Dragons Den, the official blog of Drexel Athletics, where we will be providing original text and video content that chronicles the world of Drexel athletics from all angles. Insider information, lighter fare, feature stories, and everything else – it will all be right here at the Den. We’ll also be combing the web to keep tabs on what other people have to say about the Dragons. This will be your one-stop-shop for Dragons sports. And while we’re at it, we hope to have a little fun – and we want you to join in the conversation! So welcome aboard, and keep coming back as we bring you inside the world of the Drexel Dragons.