La Salle Holds on for One-Goal Win over Delaware

PHILADELPHIA - La Salle's Caitlyn Brostrand (Runnemede, N.J./Camden Catholic) tied a career high with five goals and Lauren McDermott (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) added four goals and one assist as the Explorers held on to defeat Delaware 13-12 at McCarthy Stadium on Friday night.

La Salle's Maura Malone (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) recorded 14 saves in the win. The Explorers improve to 4-1, while the Blue Hens drop to 2-2.

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PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore Caitlin McCartney recorded her fourth straight hat trick Friday evening for University of Delaware and the Blue Hens held advantages in five different statistical categories, but it wasn't enough as La Salle University came from behind for a 13-12 victory at McCarthy Stadium.

“La Salle played tough for 60 minutes and earned the win,” commented Delaware's third-year head coach Kateri Linville. “We played well for the first and last 10 minutes, which is not good enough. We have to compete for 60 minutes.”

McCartney tallied three goals and one assist for four points on six shots (all on goal) for her fourth consecutive hat trick of the season and the 10th of her career. She is the first Delaware player to start the season with four straight hat tricks since All-American Missy Meharg scored three or more goals in each of the first five games of the 1985 season.

McCartney added four groundballs and four draw controls in addition to causing three La Salle turnovers.

Junior Abbie Hartman and freshman Kara Dattellas each contributed two goals for the Blue Hens. Additionally, Dattellas recorded three draw controls and three caused turnovers for Delaware.

Delaware (2-2) also received goals from Chelsea Fay, Alison Karwoski, Allison Hahn, McKenzie Rafferty, and Bridget Burns.

Sophomore Alex Zaugra started between the pipes for the Blue Hens and collected two saves in just over 26 minutes of action. Junior Tori Zorovich finished the contest for Delaware and registered five saves in the loss.

“Caitlin and Kara carried us in the midfield tonight," said Linville. "And McKenzie, Bridget, and Tori were all sparks off the bench."

The Hens outshot the Explorers by a mark of 31-28 in addition to collecting an advantage in groundballs at 18-17. Delaware also held the advantage by controlling 14 draws to 12 for La Salle.

Caitlin Brostrand and Lauren McDermott combined for nine of the Explorers' 13 goals on the night.

Delaware opened the game with three straight goals within the first seven minutes. La Salle (3-1) responded with four goals of their own to take a 4-3 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Hens would bounce back with four goals before the Explorers went into halftime with an 8-7 lead.

La Salle would go up by as much as 13-9, but Delaware would not back down as the Hens would pick up three straight goals in the waning minutes. But it wouldn't be enough as the Explorers escaped with the one-goal victory.

“There is still another level in this team,” Linville remarked. “We will learn from this game and use it to propel us forward.”

Delaware next travels to Bethlehem, Pa. on March 5 for a 4:00 p.m. contest against Lehigh.


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