Brostrand, McDermott Lead La Salle Past Hens
from press release
PHILADELPHIA — Caitlyn Brostrand tied a career high with five goals and Lauren McDermott added four goals and an assist as the La Salle lacrosse team held on for a 13-12 win over Delaware at McCarthy Stadium on Friday night.
Reigning CAA Player of the Week Caitlin McCartney led the Blue Hens with three goals and an assist.
The Explorers improve to 4-1 on the season, while the Blue Hens drop to an even 2-2.
"Tonight was a great win against a tough opponent," Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. "We lost our two senior defenders this week to injuries and our rookies really stepped up. We pride ourselves on being a hard-working and gritty team and I think we were able to secure this win as a result of that. Mo Malone ignited the fire tonight and Caitlyn Brostrand and Lauren McDermott kept the flame going."
Delaware was initially the squad to come out on fire, rattling off three straight in the first seven minutes on goals from Kara Dattellas, Abbie Hartman and Allison Hahn.
The Explorers did not get on the board until the 15:21 mark when Erin McCabe took a feed from Katelyn Fay. Fay then recorded a score of her own two minutes later on an assist from McDermott. Brostrand extended the Explorer rally with back-to-back unassisted goals within 44 seconds of each other to give the Blue & Gold a 4-3 lead with 11:46 until halftime.
McCartney broke up the Explorer rally with a free position shot but McDermott responded less than a minute later to regain the lead at 5-4.
The Blue Hens caught a little fire again after that, going up 7-5 on three straight goals in a 55-second span. Dattellas netted her second at 9:17 followed by an Alison Karwoski goal at 8:48. McKenzie Rafferty rounded out the rally at 8:34 on a free position shot.
The Explorers closed out the first half with three goals and held Delaware scoreless for the remainder of the half. McDermott scored her second of the evening at 8:22. Brostrand drained a free position shot at 5:34 to knot the game at 7-7, and McDermott scored the go-ahead goal with 3:19 until halftime.
Neither team found the back of the net early in the second period until Claire Andrews netted a goal at 24:09 to extend the 8-7 halftime lead to 9-7.
McCartney hit a free position shot at 20:00 even to get the Blue Hens within one before the Explorers rattled off a decisive three-goal rally over the next 10 minutes. Fay scored her second of the night at 18:29. McDermott scored her fourth at 11:58 and Brostrand completed the rally with her fourth at 10:36.
Delaware did not find the goal again until Chelsea Fay scored on a free position shot with 7:48 on the clock to put the score at 12-9.
Brostrand followed up with what proved to be the game winner at 5:39, rocketing in an unassisted shot to give the Explorers a 13-9 advantage.
Delaware then rallied, but ran out of time. Hartman netted another goal at 5:05, and McCartney scored again with 1:46 on the clock. Bridget Burns provided the final score of 13-12 with a goal with two seconds remaining.
Malone was spectacular in goal on Friday night, recording 14 saves including several point blank shots.
The teams were statistically similar, with Delaware just edging La Salle in ground balls (18-17), draw controls (14-12 and turnovers (16-17).
The Explorers head to sunny California for spring break for two games at San Diego State. They take on Fresno State on Tuesday (3/5) at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on the campus of SDSU before meeting up with the host Aztecs on Friday (3/8) at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.
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