April 12, 2013

Delaware Edges Old Dominion After Slow Start

from press release

NEWARK, Del. – Old Dominion University gave the Blue Hens a scare, but junior Chelsea Fay and sophomore Caitlin McCartney each tallied hat tricks Friday evening at Delaware Stadium as the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team overcame a slow start and left the field with an 8-7 win over the Monarchs.

“At the end of the day, we got the win and I think we had some kids step up in different situations for us,” remarked Delaware head coach Kateri Linville, who is in her third season with the Hens.  “We made some errors at some critical times and it wasn’t pretty, but this is something we’ll learn from.”

McCartney collected the eighth hat trick of the season and the 14th of her career with three goals, including the game-winner with 4:16 left to play.  The midfielder added a team-best three groundballs in addition to controlling two draws.

Fay also netted three goals for her sixth hat trick of the year and two groundballs while controlling a game-high four draws and causing three ODU turnovers.

“Both Chelsea and Caitlin are willing to carry the team on their backs whenever we need them,” Linville remarked.  “I thought Chelsea gave us 60 minutes today and gave us the leadership we needed.  In the homestretch, Caitlin was great with communicating and knowing how to lead the team to victory.”

Junior goalkeeper Tori Zorovich came in midway through the first to earn the win with six saves and just three goals allowed as Delaware improved to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play this season.

“Tori’s a technically sound goalie and is a great communicator and leader,” Linville commented.  “She’s been playing very well for us in practice and has stepped up for us on game-day.  We have 100 percent confidence in her and I think today, she played like an upperclassman.  She came up with huge saves with us that helped us win the game.”

Freshmen Kara Dattellas and Shannon Hawley also score goals for the Blue Hens, who overcame an early 4-1 deficit to post the win.

Old Dominion (3-11; 1-3 CAA) received three goals from Christina Rea and two from Ashmore Standing.  Alexandra Burns and Karen Hayde added three groundballs while Carolyn Burns caused three turnovers.  In the net, Hayde allowed eight goals while saving eight in all 60 minutes of play.

With a 5-4 halftime deficit, McCartney tied things up at 5-5 almost immediately in the second half with an unassisted goal at the 29:14 mark.

Both teams then went without a goal for the next 14-plus minutes when Fay gave UD the 6-5 advantage with 14:54 remaining in the game.

The Monarchs tied the game twice more before McCartney posted the game-winner with 4:16 on the clock for the 8-7 victory.

Delaware finished the game with an 11-6 advantage in draw controls while ODU led in groundballs, 13-12.  UD also dominated in clears with a 7 for 8 (.875) ratio to 11 for 17 (.647) for ODU.

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