April 10, 2009

Delaware's Defense Dominates Drexel

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- In a game that was tied 1-1 at halftime, the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team’s defense keyed a 7-3 victory over Colonial Athletic Association rival Drexel on Friday night at Vidas Field in Philadelphia. Drexel’s three goals marked the fewest goals allowed by Delaware since Apr. 3, 2003 when the Blue Hens defeated Regis University, 15-3.

Delaware (7-5, 3-0) stays unbeaten in the CAA as Drexel falls to 7-5 for the year and 0-3 in the conference. The Dragons have lost their lost four and the Blue Hens have won their last three.

Senior goalkeeper Jessica Cerveny picked up the win in goal making seven saves and allowing just three goals in the full 60 minutes of play. The three goals allowed marks the lowest total of her career.

Leading the Hens defensively were senior Alexis Curcio (two groundballs, three caused turnovers) and senior captain Amanda Lahiff (three caused turnovers). As a team, Delaware forced 20 turnovers and allowed Drexel to take just 13 shots and put only 10 on net. The Blue Hens also converted 100 percent (17 of 17) of their clear attempts and scooped up 13 groundballs to the Dragons’ six. Delaware outshot Drexel 27-13 for the night.

Drexel appeared headed toward a big offensive game early as the Blue Hens were whistled for offsides while the Dragons were on offense. Danielle Iacono was given the ball in the middle of the area for the restart. She flipped the ball to Nicole Musto who scored easily and put the Dragons on the board just 1:04 into the game.

The score remained 1-0 for 10 minutes until the Blue Hens were finally able to beat Drexel’s Lauren LaBella (11 saves, seven goals allowed) as junior attack Emily Schaknowski converted a free-position shot to tie the game. Both teams had chances over the final 20 minutes but were unable to convert as both goalies made impressive saves as the score remained 1-1 as the halftime horn sound.

Delaware quickly ended the scoring drought with a goal just 25 seconds into the half as senior captain Deb Sloan (at right) scored on a skipping shot that found the net. That goal marked the 100th point of Sloan’s career at Delaware.

Just over eight minutes later, Delaware scored again as junior attack Courney Aburn took a sophomore attack Lindsey Coon pass and beat LaBella. The Dragons ended their scoreless streak when Becca Drylie-Perkins connected on a free-position shot from the left side to bring Drexel back to within one. The Dragons were unable to generate many more chances as Delaware put the game away over the next 14 minutes with three straight goals.

Delaware capped its scoring with freshman Stephanie Allen’s second goal of the game with nine seconds reamaining to make the final score, 7-3. Allen, the reigning CAA Co-Rookie of the Week, has now scored in the last seven games for the Blue Hens.

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