March 21, 2009

Nine Hens Score in Win Over Bonnies

from press release

NEWARK, Del. -- Junior attack Emily Schaknowski (at right) notched her 100th career point on her second goal of the afternoon, as the University of Delaware women’s lacrossed team held off a furios St. Bonaventure four-goal run in the final two minutes of the game to win its third straight by a score of 12-8 on Sat. at Rullo Stadium. Delaware (3-3) improves to 2-0 in the all-time series with wins in back-to-back seasons.

Nine different Blue Hens found the net today, led by sophomore midfielder Ali Libertini, who scored three goals. Schaknowski led the team with 12 shots, putting 11 on net. She also picked up two groundballs and won three draw controls.

Delaware won nearly every statistical category as the Blue Hens outshot SBU 36-20, won the groundball battle 28-15 and won 16 draw controls to the Bonnies’ seven. Defensively, the Hens converted six out of eight clear attempts and senior goalkeeper Jessica Cerveny made eight saves to pick up her third win of the season.

Leading St. Bonaventure (3-3) were Christine Hanley and Molly Hastrich with three goals apiece. Hanley led the Bonnies in shots with seven, and she converted 2-of-3 free-position opportunities.

Tori Waheibi started in goal for SBU, making 12 saves and allowing nine goals as she picked up the loss. Victoria Morgan came in for the second half and saved nine shots while allowing three goals.

Neither team scored for nearly 14 minutes to begin the game before SBU’s Hanley opened the scoring on a free-position shot near the 16-minute mark to give the Bonnies the first lead of the game.

Delaware’s Libertini responded with a goal just under the 12-minute mark to tie the score 1-1 and spark a 3-0 UD run with the other two goals by sophomore attack Corinne Drost and sophomore midfielder Holly Burman. Drost’s goal was her ninth of the season.

Hostrich then scored for SBU after a nearly eight-minute dry spell to bring the Bonnies within one at 3-2, but that would be the closest they would get. The Blue Hens used a 6-0 run to close out the first half as they held SBU scoreless the final 8:15 of the half.

Senior midfielder started the run near the seven-minute mark with her second goal of the year off the first of three assists by junior attack Courtney Aburn. Senior midfielder Erin Zimmerman followed with her first goal of the year off Aburn’s second consecutive asisst. Aburn would cap off the run with a goal of her own with 49 seconds left before intermission.

Hanley ended a drought of nearly 14 minutes for SBU when she scored on another free-position shot a little over five minutes into the second stanza to bring the Bonnies to within six, 9-3. But Libertini then scored her third goal of the day and freshman midfielder Stephanie Allen scored her first goal of the year, and the Blue Hens upped their lead to 11-3 in just a two-minute span.

After Hasrich’s second goal of the day made the score 11-4 at 9:49, Schaknowski fired a shot past Morgan for her second goal of the day as she became the 25th Delaware player to reach 100 points for her career.

St. Bonaventure, after another drought of over eight minutes, did go on a four-goal run starting with Hastrich’s third goal at 1:39 and ending with a goal by Samantha Cavallaro with 24 seconds remaining. A save followed by a grounball by Cerveny with 11 seconds left to play ended the game.

Delaware is back in action on Mar. 23 at 3:30 p.m. when the Blue Hens host #20 Loyola (Md) at Rullo Stadium.

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