McKinnon Leads Hofstra Over Delaware

Delaware (4-11, 2-3 CAA), which lost its second straight game, was dominant in the circle behind the efforts of sophomore Shannon Burns, who won nine draw controls on the day, setting a new Delaware record for a single game. She surpassed the previous record of seven draw controls set by Julianna Jeffers on April 25, 2010 vs. Drexel.

Burns has now accumulated 40 draw controls on the season, tying for second in the Blue Hen record book with Erin Edell, who won 40 draws back in 2003. Burns stands only nine away from tying the all-time record of 49 set by Ashley Moderacki during the 2001 season.

“We dominated the draw,” said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville, whose squad won 14 draw controls to Hofstra's eight. “Shannon Burns had a standout performance, while Angela Biciocchi set the tone for us on defense. Turnovers inside our attacking thirty along with poor shot placement cost us a victory today. Our young players are learning to fight and play to win. Consistently executing is the next step.”

Burns, Chelsea Fay, and Caitlin McCartney each scored a pair of goals to pace Delaware's offensive unit. Kelsey Dlugos, Abbie Hartman, and Blair King also contributed with one goal apiece.

Hofstra was led by a duo of hat tricks from Claire Brady and Lindsay McKinnon as the Pride improved to 4-10 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

The Pride got off to an early 2-0 lead but the Hens responded with two straight goals of their own to set off what would be a back-and-forth first half.

Continuing the trend, Hofstra scored the next two, but Delaware followed suit with a pair of goals from Burns and Fay with 4:42 to go.

The next goal belonged to Hofstra moments later on a free position attempt to give the Pride a 5-4 lead. But Delaware would close out the first half with an answer for each Hofstra goal as McCartney found the back of the net with 2:07 on the clock to knot the halftime score at 5-5.

Hofstra pulled ahead early in the second stanza before the Hens scored back-to-back goals minutes apart to take a 7-6 lead with 24:03 to play. That would be Delaware's last and only lead of the day as the Pride reeled off three straight goals in a four-minute span to regain the lead, 9-7.

McCartney netted one at the 16:04 mark to tighten the score, 9-8 in Hofstra's favor, but that would be the closest Delaware would get the rest of the way. Hofstra used a four-goal run over the next 14 minutes to pull away, 13-8.

Delaware battled to the final second as King found the back of the net off an assist from Fay to narrow the gap.

Overall, Hofstra controlled the offensive pace, firing 30 shots on the day compared to 21 by Delaware. Delaware took seven shots in the first half before doubling up its efforts in the second stanza, taking 14 shots to match Hofstra's 14 second half shot attempts.

Each team had a solid day in transition as the Hens cleared the ball on 19 of 21 attempts (90.5 percent) while Hofstra went 20 of 24 (83.3 percent).

Between the pipes, freshman goalkeeper Alex Zaugra made a game-high 10 saves for the Blue Hens in 60 minutes of action. Jaclyn Pandolf made nine stops in 53:18 minutes and Kelsey Gregerson added one for the Pride to match Zaugra's efforts.

Zaugra and Pandolf each scooped up a game-high four groundballs for Delaware and Hofstra, respectively. Delaware grabbed 15 groundballs on the day while Hofstra came up with 17.

Delaware will look to regain a .500 mark in CAA play as the Blue Hens return home to host two-time defending CAA champion James Madison (9-5, 5-0) on Apr. 20.

The Dukes received votes in the most recent IWLCA Top 20 Poll and clinched a spot in the four-team CAA Tournament after a 12-8 victory over ODU Sunday afternoon. The contest is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

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2012-04-15



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