Delaware Attack Humbles Hokies, as Blue Hens Go 4-3

NEWARK, Del. -- Delaware midfielder Casey Lyons must like the number five. The sophomore from Ontario, Canada netted a game-high five goals for the third straight game and led the Blue Hens to their third straight victory, as they pushed aside Virginia Tech, 17-3, at Delaware Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Blue Hens (4-3), who have now won seven straight home games since last season, scored the first four goals of the game, jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead, and held the Hokies scoreless in the second half on the way to their largest margin of victory in four years under head coach Kateri Linville and the most since a 21-4 victory over Villanova back in 2005. Delaware has now outscored its last three opponents by a margin of 46-18.

Delaware captain Caitlin McCartney added three goals and two assists, Shannon Hawley scored three times and added an assist, and Abbie Hartman contributed two goals and an assist.

Lyons, who also dished out an assist vs. Virginia Tech, is the first UD player to score five or more goals in three straight games since All-American Missy Meharg scored five, seven, and six goals respectively vs. Virginia, West Chester, and Princeton to close out the 1986 regular season.

In all, eight different players scored goals Wednesday, seven different Blue Hens dished out assists, and goalkeepers Tori Zorovich and Alex Zaugra shutdown the Hokies. Zorovich made five saves before giving way to Zaugra, who closed out the win with a save in two minutes of play.

Virginia Tech got two goals from Meg Bartley and one from Julia Heaps while Gracee Hendrix and Megan Will each dished out an assist.

Incredibly, Delaware scored on 17 of its 24 shots for the game and allowed the Hokies to get just 15 shots off for the game, including just six in the second half. The Hens held an opponent scoreless for a half for the first time since 2007 when Delaware held Davidson without a goal in the second half of an 11-3 win.

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NEWARK, Del. Virginia Tech was unable to match the attack of the Delaware Blue Hens and fell 17-3 at Delaware Stadium Wednesday night. Junior Meg Bartley led Tech's limited attack with two goals and added five draws. Casey Lyons paced the Blue Hens with five goals and an assist, while Caitlin McCartney posted five points with three goals and two assists.

Delaware (4-3) got out to a hot start, attacking immediately after winning the opening draw and put in three goals in the first seven minutes of play. Lyons was the scorer on two of the three in the game-opening run, and Chelsea Fay added a free position goal to make it a 4-0 run in the first ten minutes.

In her first return home to Delaware as a Hokie, Bartley put away back-to-back goals for the Tech in an attempt to get things going. The Hokies' early struggle on the draw didn't help keep possession, but Tech was able to even things out as the half continued.

The Blue Hens tacked on four more goals by the end of the half to go up 8-3, but redshirt senior Julia Heaps broke up the run at three goals when she buried a pass from junior Megan Will, who picked up a Delaware turnover at the restraining line and headed straight down field.

Delaware outshot the Hokies 13-9 in the opening period, but the draws were even at six apiece.

It was all Blue Hens in the second half, as they had no problem moving the ball through the Tech defense and getting to goal. Delaware scored 40 seconds into the new half and added three more before Tech switched things up in cage. The goalie change didn't waiver the Blue Hen attack, as it scored just 30 seconds later.

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