The Dragons opened strong, leading 3-0 within the first four minutes of play, before Emala ended the streak by opening scoring for Tech at 5:56. Though four other Hokies scored in the first half, Tech was not able to take the lead. Tech trailed 5-7 at the end of the first half.
The first tie of the game came in the beginning of the second half with 21:58 on the clock when freshman Kate Tracy assisted McBrearty for her second goal of the game. The success of Carpenter's free-position goal three minutes later was short-lived as the Dragons began to answer back.
Drexel's Becca Drylie-Perkins scored 12 minutes into the second half, marking the first of six unanswered goals against the Hokies.
The Hokies trailed 8-13 with 11 minutes left in the game. Strong efforts in the attack led to one free position goal each by Kiser and Culp. Culp's goal was the last goal of the game as Drexel maintained their 10-13 lead with eight minutes of play left.
Though the Dragons led 17-8 in draw controls, the Hokies led in total goalie saves. Kari Morrison had 17 saves for the Hokies and contributed two of Tech's 19 ground balls.
Tech will look to rebound from the loss, as it hosts the University of Virginia in the first Atlantic Coast Conference contest of the season. Opening draw is slated for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Tech Lacrosse Stadium.