Blue Hens Blanked in Second Half in Loss to Drexel

NEWARK, Del. -- After pulling to within a single goal at halftime, the Delaware offense was held scoreless in the second stanza, and the Blue Hens dropped a 9-4 Colonial Athletic Association match-up to rival Drexel Friday night at Delaware Stadium.

Delaware (4-10, 2-2 CAA), which had a two-game win streak snapped, used a three-goal flurry late in the first half to pull to within 5-4 at the break, but the Hens could not find the back of the net over the final 30 minutes.

The Blue Hens, who were playing at home for the first time since March 10 following a six-game road swing, got single goals from Chelsea Fay, Caitlin McCartney, Bridget Burns, and Allison Hahn while goalkeeper Alex Zaugra was solid in the nets with nine saves. Shannon Burns registered three draw controls and caused two turnovers to support the Blue Hen effort.

Drexel (9-4, 2-2 CAA) got two goals each from Alyse Maiden, Jaclyn Klunder, Kelli Joran, and Amand Norcini in a balanced effort. Dragon goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea made six saves and kept the Hens off the board in the second half to pick up the win.

Drexel is a good team that seems to have our number lately, said Delaware head coach?Kateri, whose squad lost to the Dragons for the second straight year. We didnt compete for 60 minutes and it cost us today. We have to get more grit and fight, work on our ball movement, and look for some easy shots. We just didnt execute as a unit the way we needed to.

Drexel, which ranks No. 3 in the CAA in scoring defense and owns a 15-0 shutout win this season, became the first team to hold the Hens scoreless for a half this season. The four goals were the Hens lowest output since scoring four in the season opener against Maryland.

The Dragons jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 4-1 over the first 15 minutes of play before the?Hens rallied back. McCartney and Fay tallied goals just under a minute part in the final eight minutes. After Drexel stopped the streak with a goal by Joran at the 5:15 mark, the Hens responded with a goal by Hahn with 3:53 left in the first half to pull Delaware to within 5-4 at the break.

Neither team could manage to score during the first 18 minutes of the second half before Drexel gained some breathing room at 6-4 on a free position goal by Norcini with 12:14 left to play. The Dragons then wrapped up the win by scoring three times in the final seven minutes of play.

Delaware will look to get back over the .500 mark in league play Sunday when the Hens travel to Hofstra for a 1:00 p.m. start at Shuart Stadium.


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