William & Mary Rally Falls Just Short vs. Delaware

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 8, 2012) - The William and Mary lacrosse team held Delaware scoreless for the final 18 minutes and scored a pair of goals in the closing 54 seconds but was edged by the Blue Hens, 12-11, on Sunday afternoon at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.

Although W&M (2-11, 0-3) jumped out to a 6-1 advantage less than 10 minutes into the contest, Delaware (4-9, 2-1) closed the opening half with an 8-0 run. UD extended its margin to as many as four, 12-8, midway through the second half, but W&M held the Blue Hens scoreless for the final 18:05 en route to mounting its comeback bid.

After a free-position goal by senior Jenny Michael at the 8:52 mark, sophomore Taelor Salmon scored twice in the final minute – the second of which came on an 8-meter opportunity with just 12 seconds remaining. UD won the ensuing draw, however, and was able to run out the clock.

Senior Maggie Anderson led W&M with four goals, coming on just four shots, while Salmon totaled four points on three goals and an assist. Michael added three points (2g, 1a) and two draw controls, while sophomore Katie Stillwell provided a team-high three draw controls, two ground balls and a goal. Junior Caitlin Murphy also found the back of the cage, while junior Kyrstin Mackrides dished out two assists.

Freshman goalie Lucy Ferguson totaled eight saves in the first half, while sophomoregoalie Colleen Nofi allowed just three goals and recorded seven saves in the second half.

Although Delaware got on the scoreboard first less than a minute into the contest with a goal by Chelsea Fay, the College responded with six unanswered goals in thenext nine minutes. Anderson provided four of the scores, which came on justfour shot attempts. Murphy and Stillwell also added goals during the impressive run.

However, Delaware held W&M scoreless during the remainder of the half and registered eight unanswered goals to take a 9-6 lead at halftime.

The Tribe opened the second stanza with goals by Salmon and Michael to close within just one, 9-8, with 27:53 showing. Delaware then countered with three unansweredgoals to lead, 12-8, with 18:06 remaining before W&M's dramatic comeback effort came up just short.

Delaware held a narrow 17-15 edge in ground balls but owned a 17-8 advantage in draw controls.

Bridget Burns led Delaware with four points (3g, 1a), while Chelsea Fay, Caitlin McCartney and Abbie Hartman all added two goals apiece.

The Tribe will return to action when it plays at James Madison next Friday at 6:00 p.m.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – University of Delaware finished off a weekend sweep in Virginia, winning its second straight contest with a 12-11 victory over William & Mary in Colonial Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Bridget Burns led Delaware (4-9, 2-1) with three goals for her first career hat trick to go with one assist, while Caitlin McCartney, Chelsea Fay, and Abbie Hartman also made big contributions with two goals apiece.

Maggie Anderson led William & Mary (2-11, 0-3) with a game-high four goals but Delaware handed the Tribe their eighth consecutive loss.

“The goal was to get two consecutive wins on the road,” said second-year Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “I am proud of the team's effort this weekend. We answered William & Mary's six-goal run with an eight-goal run. Our offensive productivity in the first half in combination with our ability to dominate the draw in the second half helped us to win a big game.”

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