March 5, 2013

Hens Net Three Hat Tricks, Dispatch Hawks

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The University of Delaware women's lacrosse team saw hat tricks from three players Tuesday afternoon as the Blue Hens tallied their highest scoring game since the 2011 campaign in a 17-7 rout of Lehigh University at the Ulrich Sports Complex. "Today we put together two solid halves," said third-year head coach Kateri Linville. "The offense paced us with seven members putting up points. Allison [Hahn], Bridget [Burns] and Chelsea [Fay] really set the tempo while Shannon [Burns], McKenzie [Rafferty] and Lizzie [Duffey] were sparks off the bench."

Junior Chelsea Fay collected a career-high five goals on eight shots (six on goal) in addition to one groundball and causing one turnover. The game marked Fay's sixth career hat trick.

Fellow junior Bridget Burns picked up her third career hat trick with a career-high four goals. Burns added a game-high two assists for six points on the day. Additionally, Burns contributed two draw controls for the Hens.

Sophomore attacker Allison Hahn also tallied a career-high four goals for her third career hat trick in addition to one assist and two controlled draws.

Wrapping up the hat tricks for Delaware was junior Shannon Burns, who tied a career-high of three goals on four shots. She scooped up agame-best five groundballs while also controlling two draws and causing two turnovers. The last time the Hens had at least four players score a hat trick in the same game came on March 29, 2011 when Delaware defeated Saint Mary's College (Calif.), 17-5, and UD saw goals from Morgan Leonard (four), Holly Burman (four), Corrine Drost (three) and Julianna Jeffers (three).

Lehigh's Kris Abens and Kendall Garden led the team with two goals apiece. Garden added one assist and two groundballs in the loss.

Delaware (3-2) held a huge advantage in draw controls by a mark of 19-6. The Blue Hens controlled 12 draws in the second half to just one for the Mountain Hawks (2-2).

UD outshot Lehigh, 31-16, in addition to picking up 15 groundballs to eight for the Mountain Hawks.

"Our goal was to compete as a team for sixty minutes, to win the first draw, to score first and to execute our game plan," commented Linville. "I am proud of the team's effort today. Together we win!"

Delaware opened the game on fire with four goals in the first eight minutes of play. The Blue Hens grabbed two more goals before halftime to lead at the break by a score of 7-4.

The scoring continued immediately in the second as UD rifled off five unanswered goals to take the 12-4 advantage. The Hens finished the game by outscoring the Mountain Hawks by a mark of 5-3.

Sophomore Alex Zaugra picked up the win with five saves in 60 minutes of action for Delaware.

Lehigh's Alex Fitzpatrick took the loss as she allowed 11 goals with five saves in just over 34 minutes between the pipes.

Delaware returns home for its next two contests as the Hens host Rutgers at 3 p.m. Saturday. The team will then take on the ninth-ranked Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds March 13 with a 6 p.m. scheduled draw.

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