Prior to the thrilling finish, junior Amanda Johnson sent the game into overtime when she tied the score at 10-10 with a free position goal with 46.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
Johnson and senior Taelor Salmon led the Tribe (3-12, 1-4) with three goals apiece, while Shaffrey’s stat line included the game-winner and two assists. Sophomore Zoe Boger also came up big with a team-high four draw controls to go along with three points (1g, 2a), while freshman Abby Junior totaled three caused turnovers, three ground balls and three draw controls.
W&M owned a commanding 18-7 advantage in draw controls, while also totaling more ground balls (19-18) and shots (36-25).
Neither team was able to pull away early in the contest, as Drexel (6-9, 1-3) edged out to a 3-2 advantage midway through the first half. However, the Tribe closed out the initial stanza with a 5-1 run during the final 16:23 to build a 7-4 lead at halftime.
The College utilized a balanced attack in the opening 30 minutes, as five different players found the back of the cage. Additionally, W&M won nine of the 12 draws.
Drexel rallied back, however, by scoring five of the first six goals in the second half to lead, 9-8, with 7:57 remaining.
The Tribe briefly knotted the score at 9-9 on a goal by sophomore Kelly Martins off an assist from Shaffrey with 5:50 remaining, but Drexel’s Lacey Aghazarian put the Dragons back ahead when she scored with 3:22 showing.
After Johnson’s tying goal sent the game into overtime, neither team was able to score during the initial overtime session.
Although Drexel’s Madeline DiBrino won the draw in the second overtime, W&M junior Alexi Farmakis forced Joelle Hartke into a turnover. After a shot by Farmakis went wide, the Tribe called a timeout to set up Shaffrey’s game-winning score that came on a terrific pass from Noon from behind the cage.
Emily Kellett led Drexel with four goals.
The Tribe will close out the season when it hosts Old Dominion for senior day next Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest will be part of the Optima Health Challenge, which is a yearlong competition between W&M and ODU.