Big Defensive Effort Carries Delaware Past William & Mary

NEWARK, Del. Following a tight victory over Old Dominion on Friday night, University of Delaware bounced back with its best defensive effort in over a decade as the Blue Hens defeated William & Mary, 15-2, in a Sunday matinee at Delaware Stadium.

The defensive effort by Delaware was its best since March 5, 2002 when the Blue Hens opened the season with an 18-2 win over Drexel University.

"Our game-plan was to make their defense tired," stated junior Abbie Hartman. "Goal after goal, our team worked very well together. It was really a team effort today."

For the third straight contest, junior Chelsea Fay and sophomore Caitlin McCartney registered hat tricks for the Hens, who also won their third straight game to move to 9-5 on the season and 3-2 in Colonial Athletic Association action.

Both Fay and McCartney tallied four goals apiece while sophomore Allison Hahn and Hartman each posted two goals for Delaware.

McCartney continued her stellar career with a game-best five groundballs in addition to two caused turnovers and one draw control. Fay added two controlled draws on the day.

"Caitlin and Chelsea really stepped up for us this weekend," remarked Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. "It's great to see players surging as the season continues. Their confidence has always been there, but now they're willing to really allow themselves to be the best they can be."

The Blue Hens led in virtually every category against the Tribe with advantages in shots (35-11), groundballs (20-9), and turnovers (4-16). Delaware also posted a perfect mark in clears, going 12 for 12 while William & Mary went 6 for 12.

Junior defender Alex Alois caused a season-high four turnovers while also collecting two ground balls. In her first start of the season, junior goalie Tori Zorovich tallied five saves in all 60 minutes of play.

William & Mary (4-10, 1-4 CAA) got goals from Kyrstin Mackrides and Taelor Salmon while Kaleigh Noon picked up an assist.

McCartney opened the game with a free position goal at the 25:32 mark, which was followed by the Tribe's first goal of the day from Salmon just over a minute later to tie the game at 1-1.

The Hens proceeded to put up six goals for a 7-1 halftime lead and recorded 13 unanswered goals while holding William & Mary scoreless for over 45 minutes.

Delaware next travels to Philadelphia to take on Drexel in the final regular season road game with a 5:00 p.m. draw this Friday, Apr. 19. The Hens return home for their regular season finale Sunday as they take on Hofstra at 1:00 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

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Newark, Del. (April 14, 2013) The William and Mary lacrosse team fell at Delaware, 15-2, on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Kyrstin Mackrides and junior Taelor Salmon both recorded goals for W&M (4-10, 1-4), while sophomore Kaleigh Noon earned an assist. Senior Katie Stillwell added three ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover.

Although the contest was tied a 1-1 following Salmon's goal with 24:01 remaining in the first half, UD (9-5, 3-2) rattled off a 13-0 run to pull ahead. While a score by Mackrides with 8:46 left in the second half ended the run, W&M was unable to get any closer the rest of the way.

W&M owned a 10-9 edge in draw controls, but the Blue Hens outshot the Tribe, 35-11, and held a 20-9 advantage in ground balls.

Chelsea Fay and Caitlin McCartney led Delaware with four goals apiece.

The Tribe will close out its home slate when it hosts James Madison for Senior Day next Friday at 4:00 p.m.


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