Comeback Halted as Hens Fall to Canisius, 11-9
NEWARK, Del. – The Blue Hens scored five of the game’s final six goals, but it was too little too late as Delaware dropped an 11-9 decision to Canisius Friday evening at Delaware Stadium.
As has become the story this season, junior Becky Gohsler (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) once again tallied a hat trick and finished the night with team-highs of four points (3g, 1a), four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Sophomore Megan Santoleri (at left; Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added a career-best three points on two goals and an assist to go along with two draw controls and a ground ball.
Senior Kirsten Hale (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) also registered two goals in addition to a team-best three draw controls and three ground balls.
Junior goalie Taylor Carpentier (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) picked up eight saves in the loss.
Tessa Chad led Canisius (3-3) with four points on three goals and an assist while Tewaaraton Watch List selection Erica Evans collected three goals of her own. Rebecca VanLaeken recorded nine saves with a team-high three ground balls.
Head Coach Kateri Linville
“We got off to a slow start and they beat us in some of the battles we’ve been use to winning. We took risks in the second half that allowed us to battle back, but we were just a little too late and fell just a little bit too short. I think the positives are that we had a lot of sparks come in off the bench. I’m glad the team was able to respond and make a comeback in the second half. Those are great and positive character traits, but ultimately we have to win in that pressure situation and that's a painful growing lesson.
· Becky Gohsler is the first Delaware player to net a hat trick in four straight games since Caitlin McCartney did so to open the 2013 campaign.
· Gohsler has scored at least two goals 13 times in her three-year career, including six straight and in 11 of the last 15.
· Mia DeRuggiero scored her first career goal in the 58th minute. She also collected her first career draw control against Canisius.
· The Griffs take the 2-1 lead in the all-time series with Delaware.
· The Blue Hens held the 12-10 advantage in draw controls while Canisius outshot Delaware, 27-25, and picked up 18 ground balls to UD’s 16.
· Wednesday, March 8 – Delaware at Monmouth – 6 p.m. – Hesse Field at The Great Lawn (West Long Branch, N.J.)
· Saturday, March 11 – Virginia Tech at Delaware – Noon – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
· Wednesday, March 15 – Bryant at Delaware – 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)