Oh Canada! Casey Lyons’ Season-High Five Goals Leads Blue Hens to Delaware Stadium Record 18-7 Victory Over La Salle
NEWARK, Del. – Sophomore Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) posted a season-best seven points Wednesday evening as the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team set a Delaware Stadium record en route to an 18-7 victory over La Salle University.
The Blue Hens tallied a season-high 18 goals, which bested the stadium record of 17 previously set by Delaware against Saint Mary’s College on March 29, 2011 and by Maryland against UD on February 16, 2011.
UD, which held just a 6-5 advantage at halftime, exploded for 12 goals in the second half to match another stadium record. Maryland posted 12 goals in the first half against the Blue Hens in the 2011 meeting.
Lyons’ seven points also tied a Delaware Stadium record, which was set on March 27, 2013 by Temple’s Stephany Parcell, who tallied four goals and three assists. The midfielder added two groundballs for the Blue Hens.
Senior Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) came off the bench to tally five saves while allowing just four goals in 57 minutes of play to earn her first win of the season.
Gabby Antonelli received the loss for the Explorers despite making five saves.
With the win, Delaware moves to 2-3 on the year while La Salle falls to 3-2 on the season.
Head Coach Kateri Linville
[On the team victory] – “This is what we’ve been working for and tonight’s win was a great team effort. La Salle has had our number the last couple of years, but we wanted to continue the winning at Delaware Stadium that we started with Lafayette.”
[On Casey Lyons] – “Casey is a gamer and was in the zone tonight. She moved the ball well and worked with her teammates. She really kept her head up and saw her options. Casey generated so much offense tonight by either putting the ball in the back of the net or getting teammates the ball.”
Sophomore Casey Lyons
“We came together as a team on offense and knew to slow it down instead of getting frantic. Once we slowed it down and got our personnel out there it just worked. We came out slow, but knew this was a must-win game. It was awesome to dominate in the second half and collect so many goals.”
· The last time Delaware collected at least 18 goals came with a 19-7 victory over Lafayette on March 16, 2013.
· The Blue Hens also saw multiple goal games from sophomore Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.), who collected two goals while senior Shannon Burns (Springfield, Pa.) and sophomore Kara Dattellas (Camillus, N.Y.) posted one apiece.
· Dattellas controlled a game-high five draws while Hawley collected four.
· Caitlin McCartney has tallied at least one point in 34 consecutive games.
· McCartney led all players with five groundballs in addition to posting three draw controls and three caused turnovers.
· Chelsea Fay has scored at least one goal in 31 straight games and now has 95 career goals.
· Delaware is 21-24 (.467) all-time at Delaware Stadium.
· The Blue Hens evened the series against the Explorers, 2-2, and snapped a two-game losing streak to La Salle.
· UD went a perfect 12-for-12 in clears.
· 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.)
· Saturday, March 15 – Delaware at Temple – 1 p.m. – Geasey Field (Philadelphia, Pa)