April 8, 2012

Delaware Completes Weekend Sweep in Virginia

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team finished off a weekend sweep in Virginia, winning its second straight contest with a 12-11 victory over William & Mary in Colonial Athletic Association Action on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Bridget Burns led Delaware (4-9, 2-1) with three goals for her first career hat trick to go with one assist, while Caitlin McCartney, Chelsea Fay, and Abbie Hartman (at right) also made big contributions with two goals apiece.

Maggie Anderson led William & Mary (2-11, 0-3) with a game-high four goals as Delaware handed the Tribe their eighth consecutive loss.

“The goal was to get two consecutive wins on the road,” said second-year Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “I am proud of the teams effort this weekend. We answered William & Mary’s six-goal run with an eight-goal run. Our offensive productivity in the first half in combination with our ability to dominate the draw in the second half helped us to win a big game.”

The Hens took an early 1-0 lead with a goal by Fay less than a minute into the contest before William & Mary fired off six straight goals to take over 6-1 with just over 20 minutes to go.

Delaware answered with an 8-0 run of its own to regain a 9-6 lead to close out the first stanza. Burns found the back of the netthree times during that run, all within less than 10 minutes apart.

Athlete photoWilliam & Mary came out with quick back-to-back goals in the fresh half to bring the Tribe within one, but the Hens would embark on a 3-0 run that included the first goal of the season for Delaware’s Kelsey Dlugos to push the lead to 12-8.

Tacking on those insurance runs proved to be just what the Hens would need to finish off the victory. The Tribe rallied with three consecutive goals in the final minutes of the game, but ultimately fell just short as the Hens knocked off a CAA opponent for the second time this season.

Delaware controlled the offensive pace, firing 33 shots, including 19 in the first half, while William & Mary tallied nine in each half.

The Hens also dominated in the draw control column, winning 17 of 25 draws on the day. Dlugos and Shannon Burns (at left) were the deciding factors in the circle as they each came up with a game-high four draws. Katie Stillwell collected three of the Tribe’s eight.

McCartney grabbed a team-high four groundballs as the Hens won the groundball battle, scooping up 17 while the Tribe collected just 15.

Delaware returns home to play at Delaware Stadium for the first time in over a month as the Blue Hens host Drexel in CAA action on April 13 in a 5 p.m. draw.

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