Delaware Drops Hofstra to Keep CAA Hopes Alive
from press release
NEWARK, Del. – The goal of winning a Colonial Athletic Association title is remained alive for the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team as the Blue Hens overtook Hofstra University, 7-5, in the regular season finale Sunday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.
UD, which finished regular season CAA play with a 4-3 record, needs Hofstra (9-7; 3-3 CAA) to lose next Saturday against Drexel (11-5; 4-2 CAA) in order for the Hens to earn the final spot in the CAA Tournament, held May 3-5.
With the win, Delaware wraps up the regular season with a 10-6 record, the best since the Blue Hens posted a 10-8 record during the 2009 campaign. The record also marks the first career 10-win season for UD's third-year head coach Kateri Linville.
"I'm really proud of the team effort that we displayed today," Linville stated. "From smart to finish, we played both hard and smart. Right now, we're positioned for our goals to compete in the CAA Tournament and reach the NCAA Tournament and we're excited about the future."
The Delaware defense stepped up against Hofstra, allowing five goals in total and just one in the second half. The five goals is the second lowest total of the season allowed as the Hens gave up just two goals to William & Mary last Sunday.
Junior Chelsea Fay and freshman Kara Dattellas paced the UD offense with two goals apiece. Each also added one draw control while Dattellas caused one Hofstra turnover.
“We came into this game knowing it was a must-win situation,” commented Fay. “We had a lot of people step up in the second half and our offensive unit did a really good job moving off of the ball.”
Sophomore Caitlin McCartney contributed one goal for the Hens in addition to controlling a game-high four draws.
McCartney and freshman Erin Wein each collected three groundballs for Delaware.
Sophomore Allison Hahn and freshman Shannon Hawley also added scored for the Blue Hens.
Brittain Altomare led the Pride with two goals while Julia Riemer, April Iannetta and Emily von Hollen each posted one goal for Hofstra.
Sophomore goalie Alex Zaugra (7-4) returned to the net to register six saves in 60 minutes of play for Delaware.
Kelsey Gregerson (9-7) tallied seven saves for the Pride.
Down 3-2 with less than 14 minutes remaining in the first half, McCartney registered her team-best 41st goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3. Iannetta countered at the 4:08 mark before Fay tied the game again at 4-4 going into halftime.
Delaware bounced back in the second half and outscored Hofstra, 3-1, for the win.
"The message at halftime was that it wasessentially a 0-0 game and we were here to win," remarked Linville. "We wanted to be smart and take care of the ball. Our goal was to unbreakable today and to not let anything take us out of our game. This was a small goal that ultimately led to victory today."
The Pride opened the second with a goal from von Hollen at the 28:22 mark, but the Hens held them scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
Dattellas scored back-to-back goals within a two-minute frame to give Delaware a 6-5 lead. The Hens received a safety goal with just over five minutes left in the game from Hahn to go up, 7-5.
UD held the advantage in draw controls, 9-5, in addition to groundballs at 15-14. The Hens nearly posted their third straight game with perfect clears, but missed one in the first to finish 13-for-14 while Hofstra went 13-for-17 in clears.
Delaware will now await their fate for post-season play as Hofstra hosts Drexel at 4 p.m. next Saturday, April 27.