Delaware Comes on Strong in Second Half to Down Owls

NEWARK, Del. – Sophomore Caitlin McCartney continued her stellar play this season as Delaware posted 10 goals in the second half to pick up a 15-11 victory over Temple Wednesday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

McCartney netted a career-high six goals in the Blue Hens' win. The midfielder added six controlled draws as Delaware returned to the field following an 11-day hiatus. The hat trick was the 12th of McCartney's fledgling career.

The last time a Blue Hen posted at least six goals in a single game came on April 5, 2009 when Stephanie Allen put up six against William & Mary at Rullo Stadium. The feat has never been accomplished for the Hens or an opponent at Delaware Stadium for women's lacrosse.

The last time a UD player collected more than six goals was April 2, 2000 as Sarah Edwards tallied seven goals against Penn State.

Delaware registered 10 goals in the second half of action as the Blue Hens have now scored at least nine goals in three of the last four halves played.

Seven of McCartney's teammates also got in on the scoring as junior Chelsea Fay collected her fourth hat trick of the season and second straight with three goals. Freshman Lauren VanDaniker picked up her first career goal and finished with two in the game. Junior Abbie Hartman and freshmen McKenzie Rafferty, Shannon Hawley and Kara Dattellas each added a goal for UD.

Sophomore Allison Hahn picked up a team-best two assists while Fay, Hartman, and VanDaniker each added one assist.

“It was a great win for Delaware today,” remarked Blue Hen head coach Kateri Linville. “I think from a performance standpoint, we had a lot of people step up. This is something we are always looking for, especially with some people coming in and contributing from off of the bench.”

With the win, Delaware improves to 6-3 overall before beginning Colonial Athletic Association play this coming Sunday at home against Towson.

This marks the best start for the Blue Hens since 2008 when the team began 6-2 and finished the season with an 11-6 record. Delaware opened the 2000 campaign with a record of 8-0 before finishing the season 13-5 and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

“A goal of ours was to go 6-3 in non-conference play this season,” Linville commented. “We have a schedule that puts us in a good position to gain entry into the NCAA Tournament.”

Senior Angela Biciocchi grabbed a game-high four groundballs during the team's senior game. During halftime, the Blue Hens honored their lone senior for her four years of service to the University. Biciocchi added two draw controls and caused one turnover for UD.

Temple's Stephany Parcell tallied four goals for the Owls (5-4) in addition to a game-high three assists.

Delaware picked up a 15-12 advantage in the game in groundballs and bested Temple by a tune of 16-11 in draw controls. The Blue Hens also posted a clears mark of .875 by registering 14 clears on the day to just seven for the Owls.

Sophomore Alex Zaugra earned her sixth win of the season by collecting seven saves in 60 minutes of play.

Temple threw three goalies between the pipes with Meghan Clothier starting the game for the Owls. Clothier ended with five saves and 10 goals allowed in the loss.

UD's win was the fourth straight over Temple.

Delaware opens CAA action this weekend as the Hens host Towson University at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

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NEWARK, Del. - After closing one gap, the second proved too big to overcome for Temple in a 15-11 loss at Delaware on Wednesday evening. The Blue Hens (6-3) scored 10 goals in the second half, but a late 3-0 run for the Owls (5-4) was not enough. Stephany Parcell scored four goals and recorded three assists for seven total points to lead Temple in the game.

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