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BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Delaware came out strong and led wire to wire in Thursday evening’s 9-4 victory over Bryant at Bryn Athyn’s General Field.

The Blue Hens jumped out to an early lead in the first-ever matchup between the two programs thanks to back-to-back goals from senior Jamie Schwartz (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), which were followed by tallies from senior Kirsten Hale (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and freshman Claire D'Antonio (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown).

Schwartz added another goal before the end of the half to register her fifth career hat trick as the Hens led, 7-2, at the break.

The offense wasn’t as fruitful in the second half as the two teams scored just two goals each.

Schwartz finished the game with three goals while Hale posted two total to go along with three ground balls and a draw control. 

Sophomore Chantae Simms (Edgewood, Md./John Carroll) led all players with three caused turnovers in addition to three ground balls while D’Antonio and senior Mary Abram (Wilmington, Del./Ursuline) each collected two draw controls.

Junior goalie Taylor Carpentier (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) posted seven saves for the win.

Catlin Brown guided the Bulldogs (3-3) with three goals while Samantha Santeramo recorded 19 saves in the loss.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Kateri Linville
“Bryant played very physical and very tough for 60 minutes. No doubt they came out with nothing to lose in the second half and I thought our defense stepped up with a bunch of stops. I have to commend the defensive unit for their effort as that won the game for us.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · The Blue Hens and Bulldogs played at Bryn Athyn College due to icy conditions at Delaware Stadium.
     ·  Sophomore Maggie McCarthy collected her first career goal in the second half.
     · Claire D'Antonio’s goal was also the first of her career.
     ·  Delaware registered a season-high 39 shots and tied a season-high with 20 ground balls.
     ·  The Hens outshot Bryant, 39-16, and also held the advantage in ground balls (20-12), draw controls (9-5) and turnovers (10-20).
     · UD was nearly perfect in clears at 20-of-21.
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Saturday, March 18 – Delaware at George Washington – 1 p.m. – GW Lacrosse Field (Washington, D.C.)
     ·  Wednesday, March 29 – Colorado at Delaware – 6 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·  Sunday, April 2 – Delaware at Princeton – 1 p.m. – Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium (Princeton, N.J.)

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