The Drew University men’s and women’s lacrosse teams opened their seasons with momentous victories on both sides. On the men’s side, the Rangers captured an 11-8 victory against Albright University, after securing a lead at halftime and never looking back. Craig Wilkie (’23), Kyle MacDonnell (’20), Kevin Goettlich (’20) and Zack Zachmann (’23) combined to tally nine goals for Drew, with Goettlich’s goal being his 100 career point. On the women’s side, the Rangers defeated King’s College with an 18-2 record, after Lauren Cassella (’21), Hailey Simmons (’22) and Allie DiDario (’20) combined for a total of 13 goals. On the defensive side, Katiana Michalski (’21) and Anna Horne (’23) combined for a total of six saves.
The men returned to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a non-conference match against Neumann College. After trailing by a narrow 10-9 in the fourth quarter, the Kings ended the match on a 5-1 run, securing a 15-10 victory against the Rangers. MacDonnell scored a career-high six goals, Wilkie added two goals and an assist, while Zachmann tallied two assists and seven ground balls. On the defensive side, Nate Sanders (’20) stopped the ball a whopping 13 times.
The men and women both returned to action on Wednesday, Feb. 26, with non-conference matches against Maritime College on the men’s side and DeSales University on the women’s side. On the men’s side, the Privateers jumped to an early 10-2 lead in the opening half and did not look back, ultimately securing a 20-8 victory against the Rangers. MacDonnell and Wilkie combined for a total of seven goals, while Sanders made 14 saves. On the women’s side, the Rangers jumped to an early 9-0 lead against DeSales, and secured a dominant 19-4 victory. The Rangers were aided by seven different point scorers: DiDario scored five goals, Kendall Hartt (’22), Cassella and Simmons scored three goals each, while Mary Laut (’22) scored two goals.
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The women returned to non-conference play against Vassar College on Friday, Feb. 28, and were handed a 6-13 loss. Simmons, DiDario and Jenna Draney (’22) combined for a total of six goals, while Michalski made eight saves for the Rangers.
The men also returned to non-conference play on Wednesday, March 4, where the Rangers downed Centenary University with a dominant 20-4 victory. Drew secured an early 7-3 lead before they outscored the Cyclones 13-0 in the second half, posting their highest offensive output since 2008. Assisting the Rangers were Nicholas Polacek (’20), Wilkie and Goettlich, who scored five goals each. MacDonell also scored his 100 career point after scoring a man-up goal two minutes into the match. Paul Le Pera (’22) won 23 of 26 face-offs while notching 14 ground balls.
The Ranger women played a non-conference match in their Spring Break trip to Hilton Head on Tuesday, March 3, where they secured a 16-13 victory against Lebanon Valley College. The Rangers were aided by six different point scorers, with Hartt, DiDario, Simmons, Charly Nolting (’21), Draney and Meliha Emini (’22) combining for a total of 16 goals.