TOWSON, Md.  – The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team gave up a crucial goal with 5.9 seconds remaining in regulation as No. 19 Towson University rallied for a 12-10 overtime victory against the Blue Hens Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium in the Colonial Athletic Association opener.

The two-time defending CAA champion Tigers opened the game with four unanswered goals and led, 6-1, at halftime.  UD regained its composure in the second half, immediately going on an 8-1 run to take a 9-7 advantage with 1:51 remaining.

Towson (6-5, 1-0 CAA) would not back down as Taylor Moore pulled the Tigers within one with 49 seconds on the clock. 

The Blue Hens (7-4, 0-1 CAA) held the ball behind their own net in the waning seconds before Kelly McQuilikin caused a Delaware turnover, collected the groundball and was able to put the ball at the back of the net to tie the game at 9-9 and force overtime.

Towson continued to control the overtime period, scoring three straight goals to go up 12-9.

Delaware senior Abbie Hartman (at left; Hatfield, Pa.) put the Hens on board with a goal at 1:23, but it was too little too late as the Blue Hens’ six-game winning streak came to a halt.

The Blue Hens held the advantage in groundballs, 20-15, and went 14-for-15 in clear attempts.

Sophomore Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.) led Delaware with a career-best four goals.  Junior Caitlin McCartney (at bottom right; Doylestown, Pa.) added three points off of two goals and one assist in addition to two draw controls.

Freshman Kirsten Hale (Wayne, Pa.) recorded five draw controls while sophomores Kara Dattellas (Camillus, N.Y.), Erin Wein (Middletown, Md.) and Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) collected three groundballs apiece.

Senior Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) registered her first loss of the season, giving up 12 goals while posting six saves.

Andi Raymond tallied a team-best four goals for the Tigers.  Kelsey Donnelly earned the win with nine saves.

Head Coach Kateri Linville
“We did not compete and execute in the first half, but our resiliency and fight showed that we could change that in the second half.  I am proud of this team’s will to battle back as it’s a sign of a good team.  We will use this loss to improve our decision making and execution in pressure situations.  I am confident that the result will fuel our fire at practice this week.”

     ·   Delaware is now 5-8 all-time in CAA lid-lifters.
     ·   Sunday’s loss marked the Hens’ eighth straight to the Tigers.
     ·   Junior Caitlin McCartney has tallied at least one point in 40 consecutive contests.
     ·   Senior Chelsea Fay has scored at least one goal in 37 straight games.

     ·   Friday, April 4 – Drexel at Delaware* - 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·   Sunday, April 6 – Delaware at Hofstra* – 1 p.m. – James M. Shuart Stadium (Hempstead, N.Y.)
     ·   Friday, April 11 – James Madison at Delaware* – 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)