PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sophomore Claire D’Antonio recorded her first-career hat trick, but it wasn’t enough for the Blue Hens as Delaware picked up the 12-5 loss at No. 12 Penn Saturday in the team’s season-opener at Franklin Field.
D’Antonio, who totaled three goals during her freshman campaign, also collected a ground ball and draw control for the Hens (0-1).
Senior Becky Gohsler, a Preseason All-CAA honoree, led Delaware with four draw controls, four caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Junior Chantae Simms added a career-high five ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers.
UD also saw goals from sophomore Christine Long and Caroline Farley while Sydney Rausa logged Delaware’s lone assist on the day.
Senior goalie Taylor Carpentier notched 11 saves in the loss.
Alex Condon guided the Quakers (1-0) with four goals while Gabby Rosenzweig tallied three goals and an assist. Maggie Smith was credited with the win after grabbing six saves in 30 minutes of play in the cage.
Head Coach Kateri Linville
“Today we learned some tough lessons, but we will continue to learn and grow as a team. The season is a process and we will continue to focus on this process.”
   ·   UD held the 18-16 advantage in ground balls.
   ·   The Hens finished by going 22-for-26 in clears, including a 9-of-9 mark in the second half.
   ·   Penn has won six straight over Delaware.
   ·   The Blue Hens snapped a three-match winning streak in season openers.
   ·   Wednesday, February 21 – La Salle at Delaware – 6 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Saturday, February 24 – Delaware at Rutgers – 3 p.m. – High Point Solutions Stadium (Piscataway, N.J.)
   ·   Wednesday, February 28 – Monmouth at Delaware – 6 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
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