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PHILADELPHIA – Delaware scored the equalizing goal to open the second half, but Drexel countered in the 57th minute to down the Hens, 2-1, in CAA action Friday evening at Buckley Field.

With the loss, No. 14 UD falls to 13-5 on the year and 3-2 in league play while Drexel improves to 7-10 overall and 3-2 in the CAA.  The two teams are now tied for third in the CAA standings.  Sunday’s contest at Northeastern will determine Delaware’s fate in the postseason tournament.

Lauren Hibshman scored first for the Dragons off a penalty stroke in the 11th minute.

Senior Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany/Karolinen Gymnasium) picked up the Hens lone goal of the evening with the assist coming from junior Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) in the 36th minute.

Sophomore goalie Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) collected one save in the loss.

Ainslie Rhoads collected seven saves in the win for Drexel.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“Today we didn’t bring the fight needed to compete for Delaware pride and play our own game.  Credit goes to Drexel as they played better as a team and based on the final score, won the fight.  Now we face a must-win scenario in our final regular season game in order to defend our CAA title.  I look forward to coaching my team and rebounding from today’s showing as a program.”

     · With the loss, the reigning back-to-back CAA Champion Hens will now need to win at Northeastern to clinch a berth in the league’s post-season tournament.
     · Delaware outshot Drexel 13-9 while the Dragons held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners.
     · Drexel has now won two straight over the Hens.
     · With a goal against the Dragons, Michaela Patzner (44g, 27a) has moved into a tie for third place in school history with Casey Howard (2005-09)’s 115 points.  With 44 goals, she also moved into a tie for fifth all-time with Anne Wilkinson (1982-85).
     · With an assist this evening, Esmée Peet now has 85 career points on 35 goals and 15 assists to sit alone in 12th place in the career record books.

     · Sunday, November 1 - #15 Delaware at Northeastern * – 2 p.m. – Dedham Field (Dedham, Mass.)
     · Friday, November 6 – CAA Semifinals – Time and Location TBA
     · Sunday, November 8 – CAA Final – Time and Location TBA

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