William & Mary Edges Delaware in Double OT

NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware women's lacrosse squad suffered yet another heartbreaking loss Friday night as the Blue Hens let a three-goal second half lead slip away and dropped a tough 11-10 Colonial Athletic Association setback to William & Mary at soggy Delaware Stadium.

"I am proud of our team competing for 60 plus minutes tonight," said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville of her team's fourth overtime game this season. "This team knows what it means to play to win."

It was a special evening, as prior to the contest, the Blue Hens warmed up in T-Shirts bearing the Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation Logo. Andrew McDonough was the cousin of current Blue Hen junior captain Kalyn McDonough. Andrew passed away in 2007 at the age of 14 after a six-month battle with leukemia.

"Seeing my team in the B+ T-shirts and Andrew's face on the scoreboard felt great," said Kalyn of the evening's meaning. "Even though we didn't win, I know Andrew would have been proud of the way we played tonight. He was with me on that that feed to Bridget for the game-tying goal. "

The Tribe (9-5, 4-1 CAA) scored six unanswered goals in the second half to eventually send the game into overtime and then won the marathon contest when Taelor Salmon scored with 1:55 left in the third overtime period.

Delaware (7-9, 2-4 CAA), still clinging to an outside chance to earn one of four berths into the upcoming CAA Tournament, recovered late in the second half and sent the game into extra sessions when freshman Bridget Burns tallied off a nice feed from McDonough with just 28 seconds left in regulation.

However, the Hens could not put together any strong scoring opportunities after that and dropped their second overtime game of the season. Delaware has now lost five games by three goals or less.

McDonough finished with three goals and as assist on the wet and chilly night while Julianna Jeffers netted three goals and Quinn Daly, Morgan Leonard, Corrine Drost, and Burns each scored once.

William & Mary got two goals each from Ashley Holofcener, Grace Golden, and Molly Wannen with Holofcener adding two assists.

It was an up-and-down affair for the Blue Hens, who opened the game with back-to-back goals from McDonough and Jeffers. The Tribe cut the lead to 2-1 on a Murphy goal, but Daly answered back to put Delaware up 3-1 on Libertini's assist.

William & Mary knotted the action at three all with a pair of goals from Michael on a Holofcener assist, followed by Wannen's first of the night.

Jeffers regained the Delaware lead with 18:52 to go in the first half, putting Delaware up 4-3. But the Tribe tied things for a second time as Golden tallied her first of night with little over half the period remaining.

The first half expired with a 4-4 deadlock after 15 minutes of scoreless lacrosse.

The Blue Hens roared to life in the first 10 minutes of the second half, rattling off four unanswered goals from four different goal scorers.

McDonough broke the ice less than minutes in for her 13th goal of the season. Just over a minute later, Drost scored to put Delaware up 6-4, extending her point streak to 17 games in the process.

Leonard found the back of the net for the 21st time this year, putting Delaware up 7-4. Jeffers completed her hat trick with 19:15 left in the second half, giving Delaware the biggest lead of the night, 8-4.

But the Tribe answered back with a five-goal run to take a 10-8 advantage.

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2011-04-23



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