Blue Hens Knock off Old Dominion for CAA Victory

NORFOLK, Va. Behind a duo of hat tricks from Chelsea Fay and Caitlin McCartney, University of Delaware earned its first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season as the Blue Hens knocked off Old Dominion Friday night with a 9-5 victory.

Delaware (3-9, 1-1) had an eight-game losing streak snapped as the Hens posted their sixth straight victory over the Monarchs dating back to 2006. The win was the Hens' first since an 11-7 win over Lehigh on Feb. 25.

Fay led the Hens with a career high-tying four-goals, three of which came in the first half, while McCartney, this week's reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, notched her fourth career hat trick with three goals on the day.

Old Dominion (4-8, 1-1) dropped its first CAA loss of the season as five different Monarchs pitched in with one goal apiece.

The Hens got off to an early lead, but the Monarchs kept pace, closing out a tightly-contested first half by tying the score at 4-4.

Ready to battle, the Hens came out hot in the second half with two consecutive goals. Delaware held the Monarchs to just one second half goal after which Delaware finished off the victory with a 3-0 run.

"Tonight's win was a good team effort," said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. "We went into the game with a championship mentality and were able to convert it into a victory. We will continue to focus on improving everyday."

Fay scored back-to-back goals to give the Hens an early 2-1 lead, but ODU's Rebecca Hartrum tied it back up at 2-2 with 10:55 to go.

Jordynn Collins scored the next goal off an assist from Emily Austerberry to give the Monarchs a 3-2 lead at the 10:32 mark.

The teams traded the next two goals before Fay found the back of the net for an early first half hat trick to knot the score at 4-4 going into halftime.

But Delaware came to play in the second half. Just over five minutes into the stanza, the Hens fired off two consecutive goals from McCartney and Allison Hahn to give Delaware a two-goal advantage over the Monarchs.

Austerberry would score the Monarchs' last goal of the day off a helper from Hartrum, tightening the score at 6-5 in the Blue Hens' favor, but that would be as close as Old Dominion would get the rest of the way.

The Hens finished strong with a 3-0 run that included scores by McCartney, Fay, and Rachel Dooley.

Between the pipes, freshman goalkeeper Alex Zaugra made a career-high 12 stops in 60 minutes of action for the Hens. Old Dominion's Sarah Geary made eight saves in goal for the Monarchs.

Also dominating on the defensive unit for the Hens was Shannon Burns, who scooped up four groundballs, won a game-high four draw controls, and caused two turnovers. Burns' efforts on the draw proved to be the deciding factor in the circle as the Hens won the draw control column, 9-7.

Each team had a solid day in transition, as both the Hens and Monarchs cleared the ball on 9 of 11 attempts (82 percent).

The Blue Hens will remain in Virginia to continue CAA action at William & Mary Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.


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