March 26, 2009

Delaware Nips Oregon 6-5

from press release

WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Morgan Marino’s goal at 6:16 proved to be the game-winner as the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team hung on to beat the University of Oregon 6-5 at Westwood High School in Westwood, Massachussetts.

Delaware (4-4) got a great defensive effort from senior defenders Ange Gaeta and Erin Zimmerman, as well as a superb day in goal by senior Jessica Cerveny (at right) that included 14 saves and a game-high six groundballs, while allowing just five goals.

Cerveny's 14 saves were her most in a game since posting 18 against Notre Dame on March 23, 2008. The five goals allowed also marked the lowest total by a Delaware opponent since Penn State dropped a 13-4 decision last season.

Leading the way offensively for the Blue Hens was junior attack Courtney Aburn with two goals and a team-high six shots.

Oregon (7-3) got a game-high three goals from Ilsa van den Berg. She also took a game-high nine shots, putting seven on net. The Ducks’ goalkeeper Anna Poponyak made six saves and allowed six goals in the losing effort.

Aburn opened the scoring for the day with an unassisted goal a little over three minutes into the action.

Oregon’s Bina Barrett and van den Berg both scored for Oregon in a span of a little over five minutes to take a 2-1 lead at 18:04. But that would be the Ducks’ first and only lead of the day.

The Blue Hens then went on a 3-0 run with goals by Stephanie Allen, Lindsey Coon and Aburn to regain the lead, 4-2.

Oregon’s Anna Swicklik scored with six seconds left in the half on a free-position shot to make the score 4-3 at the intermission.

Junior attack Emily Schaknowski pushed Delaware’s lead to 5-3 with an unassisted goal nearly three minutes into the second stanza. But van den Berg answered about three minutes later with her second goal at 24:10.

Marino’s goal at 6:16 gave the Hens a two-goal cushion and proved to be the game-winner.

The Ducks tried to rally at the end, as van den Berg scored her third and final goal at 2:39, but Cerveny and the Blue Hen defense were up to the task as Delaware held on for the nail-biting, 6-5 victory.

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