PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team held a one-goal advantage at halftime, but Rutgers came back to defeat the Blue Hens, 8-7, in the final minute Saturday afternoon at RU Turf Field.

Backed by three goals from junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.), UD went into halftime with a 4-3 lead over the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers opened the second half with a vengeance, scoring two immediate goals to overtake the Hens, 5-4.  The two teams remained scoreless for the next 14 minutes before Hailey Barnes gave the Scarlet Knights a 6-4 lead.

UD and RU then exchanged goals before sophomore Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) brought the Blue Hens within one at 7-6 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

With 1:22 left on the clock, sophomore Kara Dattellas (Camillus, N.Y.) gave Delaware life with her seventh goal of the season to tie things at 7-7.

Rutgers’ Chrissy Schreiber would not allow UD to celebrate for long as the sophomore midfielder registered the game-winning goal with 23 ticks remaining.

McCartney led the Blue Hens (1-3) with her 17th career hat trick in addition to collecting two groundballs and controlling one draw.

Sophomore Erin Wein (Middletown, Md.) led the UD defense with four caused turnovers and three draw controls in addition to two groundballs.   Dattellas posted a team-best three groundballs for the Hens.

Junior Alex Zaugra (Medford Lakes, N.J.) recorded all 60 minutes between the pipes and tallied four saves en route to the loss.

Lauren Sbrilli also posted a hat trick as Rutgers improves to 3-1 on the year.  Amanda Currell earned the ‘W’ by registering 13 saves on the day.

Head Coach Kateri Linville
“We played our game plan by attacking hard and out-shooting our opponent.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to build a lead because we did not place our shots.  We were positioned to tie the game against a good opponent at the end.  We did everything we could to solidify a tying goal, but ultimately we were unable to convert.”

     ·  Caitlin McCartney has tallied at least one point in 33 consecutive games.
     ·  Chelsea Fay has scored at least one goal in 30 straight contests.
     ·  Delaware is 0-3 on the road this season.
     ·  Rutgers has won five straight and seven of the last eight against the Blue Hens.
     ·  UD still holds the all-time series advantage between the two programs, 14-11, dating to the 1978 season.
     ·  Kara Dattellas, Lizzie Duffey and Kirsten Hale each controlled two draws apiece. 
     ·  Delaware outshot Rutgers, 26-14.
     ·  The Blue Hens went 13-for-14 (.929) in clears, posting the highest clear percentage of the season.

     ·  Wednesday, March 5 – La Salle at Delaware – 6 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·  Saturday, March 8 – Villanova at Delaware – 1 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·  Wednesday, March 12 – Virginia Tech at Delaware – 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)