NEWARK, Del. – The Blue Hens saw hat tricks from four different players Wednesday evening as Delaware topped La Salle, 16-13, at an unseasonably warm Delaware Stadium for the team’s home opener.
Sophomores Sarah Bedard (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and Katie Caddigan (Fulton, Md./River Hill) each logged their first career goals in a Blue Hens uniform as the pair combined for seven goals. Bedard finished the game with three goals and an assist while Caddigan, a transfer from Louisville, posted four goals and four draw controls in her first-ever game at Delaware Stadium.
Fellow sophomore Sydney Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) added her second career hat trick while junior Maggie McCarthy (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) collected her first career hat trick.
Another sophomore, Mia DeRuggiero (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point), dished out a career-high three assists to go along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Senior Becky Gohsler (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) tied a career-high with a game-best six draw controls while junior Caroline Farley (at left; Medford, N.J./Shawnee) picked up four draw controls.
Senior goalie Taylor Carpentier (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) recorded 10 saves as Delaware moves to 1-1 on the year.
Brittany Edwards (3g, 1a) and Rachel Ceplo (2g, 2a) led the Explorers (0-2) with four points apiece while Emily Johnston controlled five draws. Molly Loughlin registered two saves with 10 goals allowed in the cage for La Salle.
Head Coach Kateri Linville
“We had a lot of people step up and do some really great things for us today. It gives us a lot of confidence that we can build some depth and have different people serving as threats for us. Going into any game, our opponent isn’t going to know who’s going to be the key player and hopefully we can get firing on all cylinders.”
Sophomore Katie Caddigan
“It’s always huge to get a win in the home opener and hopefully this will give us some momentum throughout these early stages of the season. I definitely have to give a lot of credit to my teammates today as they made space for me and passed when I was open. It was definitely a complete team effort today; I just happened to be the one credited with the goals.”

Sarah Bedard
“We had a tough loss [at Penn Saturday], and our goal today was to be confident. We know what our abilities are and what we can do and it showed today. We worked a lot on our plays and kept things moving to get people open. It was really exciting to score my first career goal and I’m glad I was able to get three at home.”
   ·   The Blue Hens have won five straight home openers at Delaware Stadium.
   ·   UD has also won four consecutive over La Salle and are 5-2 all-time against the Explorers.
   ·   Chantae Simms registered two ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Hens.
   ·   Christine Long also saw a multi-goal game and finished with two goals.
   ·   Delaware held the 19-12 advantage in draw controls and also outshot La Salle, 29-28.
   ·   The Hens were nearly perfect in clears at a mark of 14-of-15.
   ·   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.)
   ·   Saturday, March 3 – Delaware at Georgetown – 1 p.m. – Cooper Field (Washington, D.C.)
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