Balanced Attack Leads No. 20 Tribe Past Delaware

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 16, 2010)-A trio of Tribe standouts posted four-goal performances and nine different players scored to help lead the 20th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team to an 18-12 victory against Delaware on Friday evening at Albert-Daly Field.

W&M (8-5, 2-1) jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first half and never looked back as it retained at least a four-goal cushion during the remainder of the contest.

Junior Ashley Holofcener led the Tribe with a game-high seven points (4g, 3a), while senior Mary Zulty and junior Grace Golden both totaled five points on four goals and an assist. Golden's impressive stat line also included four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers.

With the performance, Golden has now registered a hat trick in five consecutive games and seven of the last eight. Additionally, the Manhasset, N.Y., native moved into third place on the College's all-time goals list with 128 and needs just four more to move into a tie for second with Colleen Dalon '06.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Geary was outstanding in front of the cage, as she recorded 12 saves nine of which came in the second half. With the effort, she passed Vikki Bovoso '82 and now ranks third on W&M's all-time saves list with 460.

Redshirt freshman Jenny Michael and freshman Caitlin Murphy both totaled four draw controls apiece to help the College earn an 18-15 advantage in the category.

The Tribe wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Golden controlled the opening draw and freshman Kyrstin Mackrides finished off the opening possession with a goal on a free position opportunity. Less than four minutes later, Golden provided a score of her own to push the lead to 2-0.

Although W&M would go more than 12 minutes before scoring again, Holofcener and Zulty found the back of the cage just 11 seconds apart, coming at 13:13 and 13:02, to push the margin to 4-1.

A goal by UD's Corinne Drost with 11:22 showing briefly pulled Delaware (4-9, 1-3) within two, but the Tribe countered with three straight goals coming from Golden (9:42), junior Molly Wannen (9:35) and Holofcener (8:46) to open up a 7-2 advantage. The teams then traded goals on three occasions, as the College still led by five, 10-5, at the break.

Winning the draw was key for the Green and Gold during the opening 30 minutes, as they held a 12-4 advantage in the category.

While the Blue Hens tallied the opening score of the second half just a little more than a minute into play, the Tribe responded with a 4-0 run during a span of less than three minutes to take a 14-6 lead with 25:41 remaining. Holofcener assisted back-to-back goals by Zulty at 28:39 and 27:50, while Rees and Golden finished off the run.

Delaware was never able to get closer than five the rest of the way, as Golden, Michael, Holofcener and senior Katie Delaney all provided goals down the stretch to help preserve the victory.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts No. 11 Towson on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

2010-04-17



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