Strong Second Half Lifts Delaware to Victory over Monmouth

NEWARK, Del. – Led by senior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) and sophomore Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada), Delaware used a strong second half to earn its fifth straight win with a 12-6 non-conference victory over Monmouth at rainy Delaware Stadium Wednesday evening.

The Blue Hens, who also extended their home win streak to eight consecutive games, outscored the Hawks by an 8-3 margin in the second half to earn the victory.

McCartney scored a game-high four goals, including three in the second half, and added an assist. Meanwhile, Lyons added a pair of goals with three assists to mark her fifth straight game with at least five points.

Sophomores Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.) and Kara Dattellas (Camillus, N.Y.) each contributed two goals for Delaware while senior goalkeeper Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) led the Blue Hens' defense with five saves.

Senior Danielle Rakowitz and freshman Claudia LaMarca each scored twice to lead Monmouth (1-5) while junior Katie Donohoe posted 10 saves in the loss.

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NEWARK, Del.- Monmouth (1-5) fell to Delaware (6-3) by a score of 12-6 at a rain soaked Delaware Stadium on Wednesday night.

Despite the best efforts of MU junior goaltender Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School), who finished with 10 saves and two caused turnovers, Monmouth's 20 turnovers limited offensive opportunities eventually leading to the six-goal loss.

“I think we were compatible with them, so it is nice to see we can compete with teams in the top 30,” said MU head coach Denise Wescott.

“The disappointment is that we haven't won a game like this against a team like this yet. Offensively, we looked good in the first half but we don't have the confidence and the poise to continue to score in the second half against teams of this caliber quite yet. I think Katie had a great game, she had so many big saves for us in the cage. Our defense did a nice job of taking away open cutters off ball, I think that took them out of their game plan a little. We just need to build more confidence so we can handle competing against teams like Delaware. We also need to limit turnovers.”

The Blue Hens blew open a two goal halftime lead with four goals in the second half to take a 8-4 lead. Monmouth freshman Claudia LaMarca (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) accounted for the lone MU goal over that span, which lasted the first 18 minutes of the second frame.

Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) got the Hawks to within three on her free position shot that beat Blue Hen netminder Tori Zorovich. From there Delaware ripped off three straight goals, including Caitlin McCartney's fourth of the game to put her squad up11-6 with 4:23 remaining. Each team added a goal in the final two minutes of play to finish the scoring at 12-6.

The first half was a defensive battle with four of the seven opening frame goals coming in the final 8:12 of the period. Monmouth struck first on an unassisted Stathius goal at the 26:53 mark before Blue Hen Shannon Hawley tied the match-up two minutes later.

Delaware pulled ahead on a Kara Dattellas marker with 17:53 showing on the clock. Senior Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) then knotted the game up with 8:12 to play on a feed from senior Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central/Robert Morris). Delaware scored two straight to go ahead 4-2 with 2:12 left in the half but LaMarca took the ensuing draw and drove to the cage, scoring her fourth goal of the season just before the half.

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