Delaware Downs Drexel in CAA Action

NEWARK, Del. Delaware Stadium continued to provide an advantage, as the Blue Hens collected their ninth consecutive win at home with a 12-5 victory over rival Drexel in CAA action on Friday evening.

The win is the first in the CAA this season for Delaware, who improved to 8-4 overall on the year. The Blue Hens also defeated the Dragons (4-7, 0-1 CAA) for the first time since the 2010 season.

Senior Chelsea Fay (West Chester, Pa.) and sophomore Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) guided UD offensively by tallying five and four points, respectively. Fay led all scorers with three goals and two assists while Lyons added two goals and two assists of her own.

Delaware also received multiple point games from sophomore Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.), junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) and senior Abbie Hartman (Hatfield, Pa.).

Senior Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) anchored a tough Blue Hens defense as she posted 11 saves, including eight in the second half, while allowing just five goals for her seventh win of the year.

Kelly Palace and Joelle Hartke each registered two points for the Dragons as Palace collected two goals while Hartke logged one goal and one assist. Teresha Bradley allowed 12 goals while recording seven saves in the loss.

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NEWARK, Del. - Drexel opened Colonial Athletic Association play on Friday evening, falling at Delaware, 12-5. The Dragons' loss was their fourth in a row. Delaware led throughout, although the Dragons had opportunities to tighten things up in the second half but could not convert.

Kelly Palace scored two goals for the Dragons (4-7, 0-1), her 22nd and 23rd of the season. Joelle Hartke netted her tenth to go along with an assist. Four different players tallied multiple goals for the Blue Hens (8-4, 1-1), led by three goals out of the stick of Chelsea Fay.

Delaware dominated the time of possession, particularly in the first half when the Blue Hens won eight of nine draw controls. Although the Dragons evened that stat out with five draw victories in the second half, Drexel also turned the ball over 10 times on the evening, and was just 13 for 18 on clear attempts.

A minute after Caitlin McCartney got the scoring started for Delaware, Hartke took a feed from behind the net and worked her way around a pair of Delaware defenders to get a clear look at the net, finishing it for her tenth score of the year. That evened things at one with 26:02 to play in the first half, but the Blue Hens would respond with the game's next five goals, keeping Drexel off the scoreboard for nearly 25 minutes. Kelly Palace, racing upfield from Drexel territory, beat the defense and Delaware goalkeeper Tori Zorovich one-on-one to stem the tide heading into halftime.

After the break, Palace scored again to pull Drexel within three. Delaware responded, but so did Drexel freshman Eva Winiarski, who finished a feed from Hartke to make it 7-4. Another Delaware goal was answered this time by Emily Duffey, whose goal was also her tenth of the season.

Down 8-5 with 19:41 to play, the Dragons had several opportunities to cut the deficit even further, but turnovers and saves by Zorovich prevented the Dragons from getting any closer. After Fay scored her third of the night with 16:41 remaining, the Blue Hens were also unable to score for more than 10 minutes, but Drexel could not take advantage. A Casey Lyons goal for the Blue Hens with 5:17 remaining left the Dragons down by five. Delaware would add two more scores in the closing minutes.

The Dragons will return to the field on Sunday, a quick turnaround after having played just one game in the previous 11 days. Drexel will play its home CAA opener against Towson, a game that is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. Towson comes into the game ranked No. 19 in the nation.


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