April 24, 2011

Delaware Closes Season with Win over ODU

from press release

NEWARK, Del. -- A pair of seniors led the way for the University of Delaware women's lacrosse squad Sunday afternoon as Julianna Jeffers netted a hat trick and goalkeeper Makenzie Worthington matched a career-high with 13 saves to lead the Blue Hens to 9-6 Colonial Athletic Association victory at Delaware Stadium in the season finale.

“Makenzie played awesome today,” said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “She was in the zone and really kept us in the game. Anytime you have a goalie that makes double-digit saves, it gives the defense that much more confidence to go and take smart risks to try and make plays. I really thought we were able to do that today and she was the key to our defensive success.”

Despite the win, the Hens were knocked out of contention for the four-team CAA tournament. Should either Old Dominion or Drexel win their regular season finale later this week, that would be enough for either the Monarchs or Drexel to earn the No. 4 seed.

Even if both ODU and Drexel lose in their regular season finale, Drexel would win the tiebreaker based on its win over regular season champion Towson earlier this season.

Jeffers (at right) notched her eighth hat trick of the season, including second in a row. Sophomore Morgan Leonard joined Jeffers with two goals, as another four Hens chipped in goals.

Seniors Holly Burman, Ali Libertini and Corrine Drost all tallied one marker while freshman Chelsea Fay netted one as well. Burman and Kalyn McDonough each handed out one assist.

Worthington (at left) was steady in goal with her 13 saves. She also posted two groundballs and a caused turnover. The Blue Hen senior turned aside seven ODU shots in the first half, and another six in the second.

“We put together an incredible team effort out there today,” said Jeffers on the hens having six different goal scorers. “Our mission was for everyone to be a threat and we did that today. It was a great game to end our season on. Everyone put forth their best efforts today."

Just one Lady Monarch scored more than one goal, as Meredith Rogers tallied a pair. Sarah Wright, Tracy Reed, Lisa Bernardini and Rebecca Reymann all found the back of the net once. Rogers, Reed and Wright each had one assist.

Sarah Geary took the loss in goal for Old Dominion, despite nine shots. Like Worthington, she added two groundballs to her stat line, as well as two caused turnovers.

Reymann struck first for the Monarchs (4-10, 3-3 CAA), finding the back of the net just over three minutes into the contest. Rogers was credited with the assist.

Dorst capped off her senior season with the game’s next goal, which extended her point streak to 18 games, dating back to the 2010 season finale. Leonard gave Delaware the go-ahead goal with 7:16 in the half.

Old Dominion tied the game for the last time as Wright posted her 16th marker of the season with 5:19 left to play in the opening stanza.

Delaware (8-9, 3-4 CAA) snapped a 2-2 tie late in the first half as Jeffers scored her first goal of the game at the 3:57 mark and Leonard added another score just under two minutes later to send the Hens into intermission up 4-2.

The second stanza was scoreless for nearly 14 minutes before Bernardini capitalized on a free position shot, scoring Old Dominion’s first goal from the eight-meter line of the game.

But the Delaware offense sprung to life, putting together four unanswered goals, the longest run of the day.

Jeffers kicked off the scoring with her second goal of the afternoon, followed by Burman snipping the top left corner on a pass from McDonough. Fay found the back of the net with 10:37 left in the game. Jeffers capped the run by completing her hat trick as the clock hit 9:25.

Old Dominion answered back with a three-goal run, it’s longest of the day, to keep things interesting down the stretch. Reed got the first, followed by back-to-back goals from Rogers.
Sitting on an 8-6 advantage, Delaware got an insurance goal and a fitting end to two careers. Libertini buried the last goal of the game as the final horn sounded, connecting on a pass from Burman, who is also a senior.

Despite managing just six goals, Old Dominion out-shot Delaware 29-24, including 16-10 in the second half, but was stymied by Worthington. Jeffers led Delaware in shots, taking eight while putting seven of those attempts on cage.

Both teams grabbed 12 groundballs, as three different Hens grabbed two each. In addition to Worthington’s pair, defenders Gracie Wills and Jen Bradway each snared two.

The draw circle was a back-and-forth affair and evenly matched through out the game. Delaware finished with eight draws, thanks in part to Drost’s three and Jeffers two.

“This senior group is definitely leaving a legacy for the future,” said Linville of the team’s eight senior members. “This senior group has contributed both in experience and work ethic. I think the legacy they leave is one of team play and a lot of heart and soul for Delaware.”

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