Delaware (2-1, 0-0 CAA) vs. Canisius (2-3, 0-0 MAAC)
Friday, March 3, 2017
Delaware Stadium – Newark, Del.
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Nearly three hours of weather delays could not halt the hard-charging Blue Hens as UD got goals from seven different players and stormed past Rutgers for a 17-5 victory at Delaware Stadium on Saturday. Delaware, which defeated Rutgers for the third straight time, got four goals from Christine Long while Becky Gohsler netted her third straight hat trick with three goals, Sydney Rausa scored three times and Jamie Schwartz, Kirsten Hale and Coley Ricci each scored twice.  Gohsler also dished out three assists, forced three turnovers and picked up three groundballs while Blue Hen goalkeeper Taylor Carpentier was solid in the net with eight saves and five groundballs. Rausa and Schwartz also each dished out two assists. Rutgers (2-2), which had a two-game win streak snapped, managed just 18 shots, turned the ball over 23 times, and failed to clear in 7 of their 17 attempts. The Scarlet Knights got a team-high three goals from Nicole Kopyta.

The Blue Hens dedicate their season to those who have inspired them to play and grow the game of lacrosse.  Friday we will honor John Noonan, high school coach of senior Mary Abram and Paul Bedard, father of freshman Sarah Bedard. Mary and Sarah play inspired for their number one fans and supporters. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete today and, with the support of our alumnae, families, and friends, the opportunity to travel abroad this summer to grow the game in Switzerland! Help support a learning experience of a lifetime here.

     ·  In Saturday’s 17-5 win over Rutgers, the Blue Hens posted their highest win margin in any game since a 24-6 triumph over La Salle on Feb. 25, 2015 and their highest win margin at home since a 17-5 win over No. 16 ranked Georgetown in the 2015 season opener.
     ·  Becky Gohsler has scored at least two goals 12 times in her three-year career, including five straight and in 10 of her last 14 games.
     ·  Gohsler first Delaware player to net a hat trick in four straight games since Caitlin McCartney had four consecutive hat tricks to open the 2013 campaign.
     ·  Jamie Schwartz continues to move closer to the 100-point mark for her career and now holds 97 points on 54 goals and 43 assists. She will become the 32nd player in program history to reach the century milestone.
     ·  The Blue Hens are 40-33 all-time at Delaware Stadium since their first game there on February 16, 2011.
     ·  A squad that went 11-6 overall and 3-3 in CAA play last year, UD returns 16 letter winners and five starters while adding 10 newcomers.
     ·  A youthful squad, the Hens feature just 10 juniors and seniors in 2017.
     ·  Delaware was predicted to finished fourth in the CAA Preseason Poll.
     ·  Seniors Coley Ricci and Jamie Schwartz were picked as All-CAA Preseason Honorable Mention selections.
     ·  Junior Taylor Carpentier finished 2016 ranked 11th nationally with a 7.33 goals against average.  She was also 19th across all NCAA Division I schools with a 48.1 save percentage.
     ·  Seniors Mary Abram and Coley Ricci were named the Delaware team captains for the 2017 campaign.
     ·  The Blue Hens welcomed assistant coach Allison Daley (Canisius ’11, ’14) to the squad in December. Daley was recently named as one of 18 players to represent Canada at this summer’s FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England.
     ·  Delaware will be featured on April 14 as the CAA Game of the Week on Lax sports Network as the Blue Hens play at William & Mary.   

     ·  Delaware and Canisius are meeting for just the third time in program history.
     ·  The home team picked up the win in both prior matchups.
     ·  In 2015, the Griffs defeated the Blue Hens, 8-4, in Buffalo, N.Y. on March 25. Shannon Hawley led Delaware with two goals while Emily Pollard and Allison Hahn each tallied a goal apiece.
     ·  Last season, the Hens routed Canisius, 13-4, at Delaware Stadium.  Kirsten Hale notched a career-high four goals for her second hat trick of the season while Coley Ricci registered her first career hat trick.

     ·  Now in her seventh season as the head coach at her alma mater, Kateri Linville (Delaware ’03) has led the Blue Hens to four consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 57-48 (.543).
     ·  Delaware assistant coach Allison Daley was an IWLCA Regional All-American, MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MAAC goalie at Canisius from 2008-11.
     ·  Scott Teeter (Canisius ’02 ’04) is in his 15th season and has guided the Griffs to five MAAC titles.  A three-time MAAC Coach of the Year, Teeter has collected 132 career victories during his tenure. Teeter has also served as head coach of the Canadian Under-19 National Team since 2009.

     ·  Junior Lauren Smolensky broke a school record totaling nine assists as Canisius defeated Binghamton, 18-12, for its second win of the season Tuesday afternoon from the Bearcats Sports Complex in Binghamton, N.Y.
     ·  Smolensky added a goal for a game- and career-high 10 points.  She currently leads the Griffs with 17 points on two goals and 15 asissts.
     ·  All-American midfielder Erica Evans, the first-ever Canisius women’s lacrosse player to appear on the Tewaaraton watch list, guides the Griffs with 12 goals while Tessa Chad has registered 10 on the year. Evans has also tallied 13 ground balls and 12 draw controls.
     ·  In the cage, Rebecca VanLaeken has started all five games for the Golden Griffs and has allowed 12.73 goals per game with 53 saves at a clip of .461 to go along with 18 ground balls.
     ·  Canisius has won five of the last six MAAC Championships and was unanimously selected to finish atop the league standings in this year’s preseason coaches' poll.