March 19, 2011

Trio of Hat Tricks Leads UD Past Temple

from press release

Ali Libertini had three assists as the Blue Hens beat Temple to win inside Delaware Stadium for the first time.

© Kevin P. Tucker

NEWARK, Del. -- Behind a trio of hat tricks, the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team got its first-ever victory in Delaware Stadium, knocking off Temple University 14-9 on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Julianna Jeffers (at left) notched her 12th career hat trick, tallying four goals against the Owls, while Corrine Drost logged her sixth career game with three or more goals, while Stephanie Allen posted her second. Jeffers tied her career high goals, while the Hens tallied 14 goals, a program record for Delaware Stadium.

Ali Libertini dished out three of team's five assists, as Brittany Griel and Kalyn McDonough posted one each. Between the pipes, Makenzie Worthington (bottom left) got her third win of the season, stopping seven Owl shots.

Morgan Leonard chipped in a pair of goals, while Bridget Burns also had two markers, while also snaring a team-high four draw controls. Delaware held a 9-4 advantage in groundballs, helped by two each from Allen and Worthington.

“One of our big goals coming into today’s game and playing for a full 60 minutes, from start to finish,” said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “The first half was great, but our second half troubles continued.”

Delaware took a 7-2 advantage into the halftime break, but the Owls went goal-for-goal against the Hens in the second half, as both squads found the back of the net seven times over the final 30 minutes.

“I am really excited to see the team play to their potential,” said Linville. “We have the right people in the right places.”

Temple boasted just one multiple goal scorer, Stephany Parcell, who also had a hat trick. Five Owls had one goal, while Parcell and Ann Stouffer each had an assist. Temple split time in goal, with Tess Bishop playing 46 minutes and making the only two Temple stops on the day. Meghan Clothier played in the remaining 14 minutes.

The Hens' 14 goals and five assist set a new season-high mark for team points this season, as Delaware improves to 3-5 on the year.

Delaware is playing its first season in Delaware Stadium. On hand at the game were members from key teams in Blue Hen history, including the 1983 National Championship team.

“It feels really good to get our first win in our new home, Delaware Stadium, on alumnae day,” stated Linville, who is a 2003 graduate of the University.

The Hens bounced back from a tough loss at the hands of No. 6 Loyola on Wednesday, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. Jeffers netted two goals during that run, while McDonough, Drost and Leonard each scored.

Temple, which slips to 1-5 on the season, broke up Delaware’s run with a marker from Jackie Mercer with 10:49 left to play in the first half. Burns and Allen found the back of the net for Delaware’s last goals of the first half.

The Owls got the last goal of the opening stanza from Stephanie Marunkas on a free position shot with 6:22 on the clock.

Drost scored her second goal of the day just 1:40 into the fresh half to put the Hens up 8-2.

The two teams traded goals over the next 16 minutes, as Leonard and Allen each scored their second of the day, while Parcell scored twice for the Owls and Missy Schweitzer had her first.

Jeffers and Allen combined for back-to-back goals at the 9:45 and 8:40 marks, respectively. Both goals were unassisted.

But the Owls fought back late in the game, scoring four of the next five goals, including three in a row.

Ann Stouffer got things going at the 7:42 mark, followed by goals from Shelby Christopher and Charlotte Swavola, their first of the afternoon. Carcell scored her third with 3:42 on the clock. Drost got her hat trick, breaking up the four goal run with 7:05 left in the game.

Jeffers iced the Blue Hen victory with her fourth of the day with just 12 seconds left, after Delaware milked the clock for nearly three minutes.

Draw controls were even though the game, as both sides collected 12. Temple looked to grab the pace on the draws early, getting the first three, but Delaware battled back in the circle, winning six of the first 10 in the game.

In transition, Delaware was nearly perfect, failing to gain the offensive zone on just one occasion, going 13-of-14 on clears. Temple went 10-of-13 in clears, including six-for-six in the second half.

On defense, McDonough played well, getting both of Delaware’s caused turnovers. Worthington earned her third win of the 2011 season, improving to 3-5 and has now played in all 486 minutes of action for the Blue Hens.

Now two games into a six game home stand, Delaware faces the Hawks of Saint Joseph’s University on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. in Delaware Stadium.

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