Blue Hens Score 19 For First Time Since 2008
from press release
EASTON, Pa. – Five different players scored multiple goals and the Blue Hen offense produced its highest scoring output in five years as the University of Delaware cruised to a 19-7 non-league women's lacrosse victory over host Lafayette Saturday afternoon at snowy Fisher Stadium.
Allison Hahn scored five goals for the second time in the last four games to match her career-high, Caitlin McCartney returned from a two-game absence due to an injury and scored four times, Chelsea Fay notched her third hat trick of the season with three scores, and McKenzie Rafferty contributed three goals for the second straight game as the Hens put in a balanced effort.
Shannon Hawley also added two goals for the Blue Hens with Kara Dattellas and Abbie Hartman each scored a goal and dished out an assist. Hahn and McCartney also dished out assists. Shannon Burns won six draw controls and Angela Biciocchi forced three turnovers.
Delaware, coming off a big 10-9 win over No. 11 ranked Loyola Wednesday night, continued that momentum as the Hens won their second game and improved to 5-3, the team's best eight-game start in three seasons under head coach Kateri Linville.
The 19 goals was the Blue Hens' highest output since a 20-10 win over Villanova back on Apr. 25, 2008 and the 12-goal winning margin was the highest since a 17-5 win over St. Mary's on March 29, 2011. Delaware has now scored 10 or more goals six times in eight outings this season.
Lafayette (6-3) got two goals each from Laura Kleiber and Addie Godrey while Ana White had a goal and dished out two assists.
Delaware held a commanding 35-16 edge in shots and a 22-11 advantage in groundballs. The Hens also forced 19 Leopard turnovers and UD goalkeeper Alex Zaugra turned back six shots.
The former East Coast Conference rivals met for the first time since 1998 with Delaware extending its series win streak to seven games.
Hahn opened the scoring just 32 seconds into the game but Lafayette answered with two quick goals of its own to take a 2-1 lead. But that Leopard lead would be short-lived as Delaware reeled off five straight goals and 9 of the next 10 on the way to a 10-5 lead at intermission. Hahn tallied three times in the first half while Rafferty, McCartney, and Hawley each contributed two scores.
The Hens came out strong again in the second half, scoring the first four goals to push the lead to 14-5. Delaware also finished strong by scoring the final five goals of the game.
Delaware will now take an 11-day break and return to action March 27 against Temple at 5 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.