Drew women’s field hockey started their season with a bang thanks to Charlotte Grimm’s (’21) game-winning goal on a diving tip-in early in overtime. Grimm gave the team a 3-2 victory over Sage College Friday night in the team’s home and season opener on the first day of the annual Drew Fall Festival. This exciting victory marks Drew’s first season-opening win since their 12-2 defeat over Cedar Crest in 2015.
The Gators scored late in the opening quarter. The Rangers responded when Carly Schiller (’22) scored on a penalty stroke midway through the second quarter, bringing the match even. Sage scored late in the third quarter, with Drew fighting back to score in the last 10 minutes of regulation time. The goal was scored by Lauren Zultowski (’23) for her first collegiate goal and assisted by Amber Frikkee (’22). Sage had a goal disallowed in overtime and the Drew Rangers capitalized with a set up from Zultowski on a knocked down ball going to Jules DeGenova (’22), who then passed the ball back towards the net where Grimm made a diving hit for her second career goal and first game-winner.
COURTESY OF DREW RANGERS
The win was followed by an unfortunate 5-0 loss to Ithaca College Saturday night at the final game of the Drew Fall Festival. Bridget Kenny (’23) made her first collegiate start, finishing with seven saves for the Rangers. DeGenova contributed with her first collegiate defensive save to prevent an early goal. Zultowski placed two shots on goal for Drew, while Sami Strathern (’20) and April Serratelli (’22) each put one shot on frame. Schiller was named Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week.
Seven different players scored a goal as Widener University played the Rangers an 8-0 setback in non-conference field hockey game Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Ranger Stadium. The Rangers (1-2) threatened early in the game, gaining a penalty corner less than two minutes into the contest; however, nothing was produced. Schiller fired off a pair of quick shots, but both were turned aside. The Pride would outshoot the Rangers 6-3 in the period, but that's when Kenny made three saves to keep it a scoreless contest after one quarter of play. Undefeated Widener broke the game open with four goals in the second quarter. The visitors also tacked on two goals apiece in the third and fourth periods. Kenny finished with eight saves over three quarters of play. Joie Slossar (’21) stopped a pair of shots while playing the third quarter.
The Rangers continue their season on Saturday, Sept. 7 when they visit Bryn Mawr College at 1 p.m. in another non-conference matchup.