Delaware Uses 6-0 Run to Pull Away from William & Mary

NEWARK, Del. A balanced scoring attack led Delaware to its first berth into the CAA tournament since the 2009 campaign Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens defeated William & Mary, 14-8, at Delaware Stadium.

With the win, Delaware improves to 10-5 on the season and finishes CAA action with a mark of 3-2. Based on head-to-head competition, the Blue Hens cannot finish lower than Hofstra (5-8, 0-2 CAA) or the Tribe (2-11, 0-3 CAA) in the league rankings and therefore earns their first trip to the CAA Tournament under fourth-year head coach Kateri Linville. The Hens await their seeding in the tournament as four teams have yet to complete their conference slate.

A near-record crowd of 595 witnessed Sunday's game, which featured hat tricks from three Delaware players.

Senior Chelsea Fay (West Chester, Pa.) tallied a career-best seven points on three goals and a career-high four assists. Sophomore Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.) added four goals for the second consecutive game and one assist while junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) posted three goals and one assist.

Junior Shannon Burns (Springfield, Pa.) controlled four of Delaware's 12 draws.

Defensively, sophomore Erin Wein (Middletown, Md.) and senior goalkeeper Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) collected three groundballs apiece while Wein caused a game-best three turnovers. Zorovich earned the win for the Blue Hens after tallying five saves while allowing eight goals.

Taelor Salmon led W&M with four points off of three goals and one assist. Colleen Nofi was credited with the loss after giving up 13 goals with six saves.

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NEWARK, Del. (April 13, 2014)-Playing its third consecutive conference road game, the William & Mary lacrosse team fell at Delaware, 14-8, on Sunday afternoon.

W&M (2-11, 0-3) trailed by just one goal early in the second half, but UD (10-5, 3-2) utilized a 6-0 run to pull away for the victory.

Senior Taelor Salmon led the Tribe with four points (3g, 1a) and two draw controls, while junior Alexi Farmakis added a pair of goals. Sophomore Campbell Collier, freshman Abby Junior and freshman Shannon Quinn also found the back of the cage for the College, while junior Ellen Shaffrey totaled four draw controls.

Senior Hannah Clarke led W&M defensively and posted two caused turnovers with three ground balls and a draw control.

W&M jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opening few minutes, as Salmon, Farmakis and Quinn all recorded scores.

Delaware responded, however, and rattled off six unanswered goals to build a three-goal advantage, 6-3, with less than six minutes remaining in the half.

A score by Salmon with 1:27 showing ended the Blue Hens' run, but Chelsea Fay recorded a goal with just 0:18 on the clock to give UD a 7-4 lead at halftime.

The College tallied a pair of goals early in the second half, coming from Farmakis and Junior, to narrow the margin to just one, 7-6. However, Delaware registered another 6-0 run to pull ahead, 13-6, midway through the second stanza.

Salmon and Collier recorded back-to-back goals separated by just 0:47 to cut the deficit to 13-8 with 14:04 remaining, but W&M was held scoreless during the remainder of the contest.

W&M and UD were even in draw controls (12-12), but the Blue Hens held advantages in shots (24-18) and ground balls (17-12).

Chelsea Fay led Delaware with seven points (3g, 4a), while Shannon Hawley added five points (4g, 1a).

The Tribe will return to action next weekend when it continues conference play with home games against Hofstra and Drexel.


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