Delaware Puts on Best Defensive Display Since '02
from press release
NEWARK, Del. – Following a tight victory over Old Dominion on Friday night, the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team bounced back with its best defensive effort in over a decade as the Hens defeated William & Mary, 15-2, in a Sunday matinee at Delaware Stadium.
The victory was the largest since March 5, 2002 when UD opened the Colonial Athletic Association campaign with an 18-2 win over Drexel University.
"Our game-plan was to make their defense tired," stated junior Abbie Hartman. "Goal after goal, our team worked very well together. It was really a team effort today."
For the third straight contest, junior Chelsea Fay (at right) and sophomore Caitlin McCartney (bottom left) registered hat tricks for the Hens, who also won their third straight game to move to 9-5 on the season and 3-2 in league action.
Both Fay and McCartney tallied four goals apiece while sophomore Allison Hahn and Hartman each posted two goals for Delaware.
McCartney continued her stellar career with a game-best five groundballs in addition to two caused turnovers and one draw control.
Fay added two controlled draws on the day.
“Caitlin and Chelsea really stepped up for us this weekend,” remarked Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “It’s great to see players surging as the season continues. Their confidence has always been there, but now they’re willing to really allow themselves to be the best they can be.”
The Blue Hens led in virtually every category against the Tribe with advantages in shots (35-11), groundballs (20-9) and turnovers (4-16). Delaware also posted a perfect mark in clears, going 12-for-12 while William & Mary went 6-for-12.
Junior defender Alex Alois had a season-high four caused turnovers while also collecting two groundballs.
In her first start of the season, junior goalie Tori Zorovich tallied five saves in all 60 minutes of play.
William & Mary (4-10, 1-4 CAA) saw goals from Kyrstin Mackrides and Taelor Salmons while Kaleigh Noon picked up an assist.
McCartney opened the game with a free position goal at the 25:32 mark, which was followed by the Tribe’s first goal of the day from Salmon just over a minute later to tie the game at 1-1.
The Hens proceeded to put up six goals for a 7-1 halftime lead and recorded 13 unanswered goals while Delaware held William & Mary scoreless for over 45 minutes in the contest.
UD next travels to Philadelphia to take on Drexel in the final regular season road game with a 5 p.m. draw Friday.
The Hens return home for their regular season finale Sunday as they take on Hofstra at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.