February 19, 2011

UD Gives Linville First Victory

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- Behind three first half goals from senior attacker Julianna Jeffers, the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team picked up its first win of the 2011 season, defeating La Salle University 12-4 on Saturday afternoon.

Conditions are McCarthy Stadium were blustery, as the Hens, who improved to 1-1 on the season, fought through winds gusting over 40 miles per hour.

“It was a great first win. I thought we came out and competed,” said UD head coach Kateri Linville. The victory served as Linville’s first win at the helm of the program. “I think when we are disciplined and run our game plan we are very solid.”

Jeffers had two of Delaware first three goals, and finished the hat trick with 16:41 left in the first half. Fellow senior Corrine Drost and freshman Chelsea Fay each tallied two goals. Four other Blue Hens found the back of the net, including Kalyn McDonough, who like Jeffers and Drost, went 1-1 in free position shots.

The Hens picked up four assists from three different players, with Holly Burman getting two helpers, and Ali Libertini and Brittany Griel each dishing out one. The Delaware defensive unit did not allow La Salle an assisted goal the entire game.

In the cage, senior Makenzie Worthington made seven saves in the contest, stopping four in the first half and only allowing two goals in each stanza.

Delaware collected 11 groundballs, while the Explorers, who fall to 0-1 this season, picked up 13.  The Hens won the draw control battle by a narrow 10-8 edge.

“We need to compete and execute. It still remains a challenge for us to do for a full 60 minutes,” said Linville, whose team jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the first half. “But we’re looking forward to working on that as we get ready for Lehigh.”

Delaware squares off with the Mountain Hawks on Feb. 26 in Bethlehem, Pa. The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Ulrich Sports Complex.

Early in the going, Delaware applied the offensive pressure, building to a 4-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Jeffers tallied two markers, while McDonough opened the game’s scoring and Libertini scored at 24:03.

The Hens were held scoreless until the 17:07 mark when Burman finished a feed from Libertini. Burman’s tally reignited the offense, which tallied another two goals within a minute of each other. Jeffers found the net at 16:41 followed just 20 seconds later by Fay, who scored her first collegiate goal at 16:21, with Burman on the assist.

La Salle got on the board with 7:51 left as Melanie Sarcinello scored the first of her two goals on a free position shot. Samantha Tulskie followed with a marker at 6:16 to round out the Explorers scoring in the first stanza.

Delaware ended the first half with another two goals, as Nicole Flego scored her first goal of the season followed by Drost’s first of the game.

The Explorers looked to make things interesting out of the halftime break, getting the first two goals of the fresh half. Sacrinello tallied one at the 26:50 mark, followed by Lauren McDermott. Both goals came unassisted.

After the two early Explorer goals, the Blue Hen defense settled down, not allowing another goal the rest of the game.

When you hold an opponent to a few goals, it’s always good,” said Linville of the defensive effort. “It’s always critical to win games by putting up double-digit points and playing good defense.”

Drost and Fay each scored once more, Drost on a free position opportunity and Fay unassisted. Freshman Bridget Burns also tallied her first goal as a Blue Hen to cap the day. Biciocchi had the assist on the Burns marker.

“We had a lot of people contribute to our success,” stated Linville of her team’s offensive and defensive efforts. “That’s always positive, a lot of people stepping up on game day.”

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