March 23, 2011

Delaware Seizes Control, Eases Past St. Joe's

from press release

NEWARK, Del . – After a back-and-forth start between the University of Delaware and Saint Joseph's University women's lacrosse teams, the Blue Hens took control and strung together 10 unanswered goals to knock off the Hawks 13-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

Playing their first season in Delaware Stadium, the Blue Hens set a new defensive mark, holding Saint Joseph's to the fewest goals in the Hens' new home.

It was the fewest goals Delaware has allowed since a 7-3 win at Drexel University on April 10, 2008 and fewest in a home game since an 11-3 victory over Davidson College on March 23, 2007.

"We got off to a slow start, but rebounded nicely in the second half," said Delaware's first year head coach Kateri Linville, whose team outscored Saint Joseph's 8-1 in the second half.

Delaware has won each of its last two games, and is 2-1 during the first three games of a six-game home stand. The lone setback came against the No. 6 team in the country, Loyola University, a game the Hens nearly pulled out for an upset.

The Hens next chance to extend its winning streak will be on March 29 when they host the Gaels of Saint Mary's (Calif.) in a 1 p.m. game in Delaware Stadium.

Senior attacker Julianna Jeffers scored her third-straight hat trick and fourth of the season, helping Delaware improve to 4-5 by winning its second-consecutive game.

In addition to Jeffers, six different Hens found the back of the net, including Holly Burman, Morgan Leonard and Kalyn McDonough, who all tallied two markers. Corrine Drost and Ali Libertini each chipped in a goal.

The Hawks, who slid to 3-5 overall, got their goals from Grace Dinn, Jen Peters and Elizabeth Fox. Dinn also had Saint Joseph's only assist.

Making her eighth start for Delaware this season, Makenzie Worthington turned aside six Saint Joseph's shots, while her counterpart, Kaitlin LaBarbera, made five stops. Hawks backup Alisha Aquilino played nearly 20 minutes and recorded one save.

"I thought Makenzie played really well in goal, especially in the first half when things were slow," said Linville of her senior netminder, who made three saves in each period.

Free position shots were key to the Hens' success. As a team, Delaware went five-for-six, as Leonard, Jeffers, Drost McDonough and Stephanie Allen all scored once. Dinn managed to score the Hawks' only free position shot during the day. As a team, Saint Joseph's got to the eight meter line five times.

Leonard kicked off the scoring four minutes into the game, capitalizing on the first free position shot of the day. Saint Joseph's Struck next, as Ginn evened the score with 16:13 left in the opening stanza on her only free position goal of the afternoon.

Delaware again took the lead, this team on an unassisted marker from Allen with 10:38 left in the first half.

But once again, the Hawks evened things up as Peters scored her lone goal of the day with 5:07 remaining in the first.

Three minutes after McDonough scored her first goal, Linville called a time out, which proved to be the motivating factor for the Delaware offense, and began a nine-goal run starting with two minutes left in the opening half.

Jeffers tallied back-to-back goals to wrap up the first period, with her first coming on a pass from Chelsea Fay, who was credited with her first assist of the season.

The halftime break did not slow down the Delaware offense, which opened the second half with six different goal scorers. Burman got the scoring going, followed by Leonard, Allen and McDonough, all scoring their second of the afternoon.

Drost, the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week, found the back of the net at 19:50. Jeffers rounded out her hat trick at the 16:17 mark. Burman tallied her final goal of the day at 11:37 in the second half.

"Coach told us to step and everyone keep doing their jobs," Jeffers said regarding the timeout. "Our emphasis is on playing every game from start to finish. It was nice to get the win with everyone stepping up."

During Delaware's 10-0 run, four straight goals came on free position shots.

Saint Joseph's ended a 27-minute scoreless drought as Fox scored the Hawks' final goal of the day at the 10:47 mark of the second half.

Libertini rounded out the afternoon's offense with a final goal with 9:19 left in the game.

Draw controls were another key component to the Hens' second-straight victory over a Philadelphia area school. Delaware held a 12-6 advantage in the draw circles, while also controlling groundballs 13-4. Worthington was Delaware's big groundball getter, coming up with four as McDonough and Burman each snared three draws.

Delaware had little trouble transitioning from defense to offense, going 11-of-13 on clear attempts (84.6 percent). The Hens' riding game was strong as well, allowing Saint Joseph's to gain its offensive zone 10 times on 17 attempts (58.8 percent).

The Blue Hens limited their turnovers as well, doing so just 15 times while Saint Joseph's turned the ball over on 21 occasions. Four different Blue Hens had two caused turnovers, including Worthington, who intercepted a pair of passes, Leonard, Allen and Gracie Wills.

"It was really nice to be able to separate from an opponent," said Linville alluding to her team's 10-goal run. "We were prepared for their attack and it was a good day overall."

AGATE:

Saint Joseph's...2...1...3
Delaware..........5...8...13

Scoring Summary (Goals, Assists)
Saint Joseph's (3-5): Grace Dinn (1,1), Jen Peters (1,0), Elizabeth Fox (1,0)
Delaware (4-5): Julianna Jeffers (3,0), Holly Burman (2,1), Morgan Leonard (2,0), Kalyn McDonough (2,0), Stephanie Allen (2,0), Corrine Drost (1,0), Ali Libertini (1,0), Chelsea Fay (0,1)

Shots: SJU- 16, UD 23; Save: SJU- 6 (Kaitlin LaBarbera 5, Alisha Aquilino 1), UD- 6 (Makenzie Worthington); Groundballs: SJU- 4, UD 13; Draw Controls: SJU 6, UD 12; Fouls: SJU- 14, UD- 26; Turnovers: SJU 21, UD 15; Clears: SJU 10-17, UD 11-13; Yellow Cards: SJU: Carly Kindbom (First Half 26:12), Julie Mineweaser (Second Half 16:56), Francesca Volpe (Second Half 00:07). Attendance: 152


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