Delaware Defense Stifles Denver
from press release
NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware defense held Denver to just one goal in the second half and sophomore Caitlin McCartney (at right) scored what proved to be the game-winner with 1:42 left to play as the Blue Hens recorded an impressive 7-6 victory Sunday at a windy Delaware Stadium.
McCartney finished the game with three goals in the day, including two in the second half, for her third consecutive hat trick of the season the ninth of her career.
Junior Shannon Burns added two goals while Allison Hahn dished out two assists for Delaware (2-1) as it posted its second victory in three days.
“Our focus was knowing that Denver was a good team and that we were going to have to work for 60 minutes,” remarked Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “That was our challenge today, to put together an entire game where we competed.”
Linville continued, “We prepared for their goalie because she plays high in the crease. We knew we’d have open shots if we were patient and took our time placing the ball. She has a different style of play, so it took us a little bit of time to find our way to the back of the net.”
Blue Hen sophomore goalkeeper Alex Zaugra came up big in the nets for Delaware, stopping five shots, including two clutch saves in the final minutes.
“Alex has quick hands and is definitely capable of making the big plays,” commented Linville. “She stood up big when the game was on the line, which is exactly what you want from your goalie.”
Denver, coached by former Blue Hen All-American Liza (Shoemaker) Kelley, lost for the first time this season to fall to 2-1. Kara Secora led the Pioneers with four goals while Jill Remenapp dished out two assists. Remenapp, Denver’s leading goal-scorer entering the game, was held scoreless.
Delaware tied the game at the 20:05 mark at 2-2 with a free position shot from Chelsea Fay. The Hens eventually took a 5-3 advantage with goals from McCartney and Shannon Burns.
McCartney posted the first goal for either team in the second half at the 16:17 mark to give Delaware the 6-5 lead that they would never relinquish.
“I thought the team really handled those pressure situations fairly well today and ultimately when we got even, Caitlin had outstanding lateral quickness to put the game away.”
The Hens held a 26-20 advantage in groundballs and also outshot the Pioneers, 22-18.
Delaware plays their next two games on the road as they travel to La Salle March 1 for a 7 p.m. draw and Lehigh on March 5 for a 4 p.m. contest.