April 7, 2013

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Delaware Breaks Out in 2nd Half to Sink George Mason

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. – Sophomore Allison Hahn (at right) posted a career-high eight points on five assists and three goals while classmate Caitlin McCartney posted four goals as the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team scorched George Mason in the second half with 12 goals en route to an 18-8 Colonial Athletic Association victory Sunday afternoon at George Mason Stadium. Tied, 6-6, at halftime, the Hens came out of the gates blazing in the second to pick up the team's first CAA win of the season to improve to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in league play. Mason falls to 5-7 overall and 0-3 in the CAA.

"Today was a great day to be a Blue Hen," remarked Delaware's third-year head coach Kateri Linville. "We played tough for sixty minutes. Our draw unit and attack really stepped up and our depth and skill showed. I am really proud of the team's effort this weekend."

Hahn collected five of the team's seven assists while the Patriots tallied just one in the contest. The attacker added three goals and one groundball for the Hens.

The last time a Blue Hen posted eight points came on April 24, 2007 when Casey McCrudden tallied four goals and four assists in an 18-7 win over Loyola.

The last time a Delaware player scored more eight points in a game came nearly 20 years ago when Jenn Rinnander collected seven goals and three assists for 10 points in a 14-13 win at UMBC on April 12, 1994. Rinnander also scored nine points with five goals and four assists in a 15-9 win over Lehigh just weeks later on April 26, 1994.

McCartney finished the day with the 13th hat trick of her career as she netted a game-best four goals in addition to controlling a game-high five draws. The sophomore also collected three groundballs and caused two turnovers in the win.

Furthermore, junior Chelsea Fay registered her fifth hat trick of the season with three goals in addition to one assist and one caused turnover.

Junior Bridget Burns tallied two goals and one assist while McKenzie Rafferty, Kara Dattellas, Shannon Hawley, Alison Karwoski, Abbie Hartman and Emily Pollard each collected goals for Delaware.

Rachel Obregon, Allie Hilderbrandt and Kirstin Russell each posted two goals in the game for George Mason.

The Hens controlled 20 draws to just eight for the Patriots while also holding the advantage in groundballs at 14-11. The 20 draw controls ties a school record (since 2003), when UD tallied 20 against St. Bonaventure.

In addition to McCartney's five controlled draws, Bridget Burns and Dattellas each won four.

Freshman Erin Wein tied McCartney with a game-high three groundballs.

Sophomore Alex Zaugra collected four saves between the pipes for the Hens while junior Tori Zorovich came in relief to garner three saves and earn the win for UD.

Caroline Brouse allowed 10 goals with eight saves for the Patriots while Brittany Pastrana gave up eight goals while saving three.

The two teams went back and forth in the first half, with five different lead changes and five ties before Delaware took control in the second.

Hawley started the Hens off with her fifth goal of the season at the 28:27 mark and was followed by three straight goals to give UD the 10-6 advantage with just over 20 minutes remaining in the contest.

Obregon got Mason on board in the second with a goal at the 14:27 mark, but the Blue Hens responded with eight unanswered goals, including Pollard's first career, to go up, 18-7. Obregon collected one final goal in the waning seconds, but it was not enough.

Delaware returns home to host Old Dominion this coming Friday at 5 p.m. and William & Mary next Sunday with a 1 p.m. scheduled draw.


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