March 30, 2009

Goals Continue Pouring in for No. 11 Vandy

from press release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 11 Vanderbilt Commodores took a 5-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game, and never loooked back as they handed the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team a 20-10 non-league road loss.

Delaware (4-5) was led offensively by junior attack Courtney Aburn with two goals and an assist. Alexis Cucio, Erin Zimmerman, Corinne Drost and Emily Schaknowski each added a goal and an assist, and Aburn led the team with seven shots. The Blue Hens turned the ball over a season-high 26 times to Vanderbilt's 19 and lost the groundball battle 26-17. 

Vanderbilt (6-3), which was coming off a 22-7 win over Binghamton, has now won its last four games. The Commodores got a game-high seven points from Sarah Downing as she scored five goals and had two assists. Vanderbilt's Ally Carey also pitched in with four goals and one assists, and took a game-high eight shots. The Commodores outshot Delaware, 36-28.   

Vanderbilt built a 5-0 lead in the first seven minutes, led by three consecutive goals by Downing in a span of about two-and-a-half minutes. Drost would put Delaware on the board at 22:19 off a feed from Schaknowski.

The two teams traded goals over the next few minutes before Delaware scored two consecutive goals to cut the deficit to three with Curcio's free position goal at 11:37 to make the score, 7-4.

That would be the closest the Blue Hens would get though, as Vanderbilt ran off four unanswered goals to end the first half and took an 11-4 lead into the intermission. Katherine Denkler scored three of those four Commodore goals.

Vanderbilt added two goals to its lead to start the second half, completing a 6-0 run as the Commodores held Delaware scoreless for nearly 14 1/2 minutes. Aburn stopped the bleeding for Delaware near the 24-minute mark with an unassisted goal. That goal sparked a 3-0 Blue Hen run as Delaware fought to get back into the game with goals by  Zimmerman and freshman Stephanie Allen.

This marked the fourth straight game the freshman Allen has scored a goal. Allen's first of two goals on the afternoon brought the Hens within six at 13-7 with 17:31 left to play.

The Commodores answered with two consecutive goalsby Downing and Carter Foote to push the lead back up to 15-7. Allen would score her second goal of the day at 12:17, but Carey led Vanderbilt on a 4-0 run with two goals of her own, and Vanderbilt's lead was 20-9.

Delaware, which kept fighting until the end, got one last goal from Aburn as time expired, making the score, 20-10.

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