BUFFALO, N.Y. – Sophomore Mia DeRuggiero set a school record with nine assists Friday afternoon as the Blue Hens posted the 16-9 win over Canisius at Demske Sports Complex.
 
DeRuggiero (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point) broke the 34-year-old mark previously set by Karen Emas, who dished out eight assists against Bucknell in April 1984. The total also breaks the Colonial Athletic Association record of six, previously set 11 different times since 1995, and is tied for sixth in the NCAA Division I single-game records.
 
Tied 5-5 at halftime, the Blue Hens (3-3) outscored the Golden Griffins (1-4), 11-4, in the second half en route to victory.
 
Sophomore Christine Long (Mendham, N.J./Mendham) led Delaware with a career-high six goals while classmate Sydney Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and senior captain Becky Gohsler (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) each collected hat tricks of their own with three goals apiece.
 
Gohsler added four draw controls, three caused turnovers and three ground balls for the Hens.
 
Senior goalie Taylor Carpentier (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) registered 15 saves for the second straight game to go along with a career-high six ground balls and two caused turnovers.
 
Jourdan Roemer guided Canisius with four goals while Rachel Ryan and Jen Reininger each controlled four draws.
 
POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Kateri Linville
“I’m really proud of this team and how they stepped up and found the flow in the second half. We had a lot of different threats that showed up to generate the best offensive output of the season. Our bench and fans, which included alumni and families, kept the energy high on a blustery, snowy day. It took a team effort from everyone.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
   ·   The Hens knot the all-time series against the Golden Griffs at 2-2.
   ·   Delaware outshot Canisius, 32-30, and also held the advantage in ground balls, 25-20.
   ·   Former Blue Hens assistant coach and current Canisius head coach Allison Daley is in her first season at the helm of her alma mater.
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
   ·   Tuesday, March 13 – #1/1 Stony Brook at Delaware – 6 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, March 18 – Delaware at #--/rv Virginia Tech – Noon – Thompson Field (Blacksburg, Va.)
   ·   Sunday, March 25 – Delaware at Bryant – Noon – Smithfield, R.I.
 
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