ALBANY, N.Y. - - The University of Delaware field hockey team fell into a first half hole it couldn’t recover from, as #16 Albany went on to win, 4-0, in the Blue Hens’ final non-conference action of the season, Sunday afternoon at Alumni Turf Field.
With the loss, Delaware (6-9 overall) dropped its fourth straight contest while Albany (12-5), ranked no. 16 in the latest Kookaburra / National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll, made it four straight victories.
The Great Danes scored three times in the first half to set the tone before adding their final tally midway through the second half in each of the teams’ final non-conference bout.
Christina Patrick, the Danes leading scoring, scored the eventual game-winner in the 11th minute of action. Patrick would take a quick pass from Daphne Voormolen off a rebound and put away her 13th goal of the season.
After the Blue Hens fail to convert on a pair of opportunities in the circle, Albany came back to make it 2-0 with 8:04 left in the first half. A long shot from Taylor Luke was tipped up and over Blue Hen goalkeeper Noelle Diana by Nina Walters, who threw her stick in front of the shot for her third goal of the season.
With less than three minutes to play before the break, the Danes were awarded a penalty stroke. Corrine McConville converted the stroke, making her 3-for-4 on the season, for the 3-0 lead.
After the break, Katharina Helling capped the scoring off a loose ball in front of the cage, placing it home into the high right corner. It was her fourth goal of the year.
Delaware was outshot, 15-8, and lost the penalty corner battle, 9-4. The Blue Hens’ Kelsey McKee and Tory Sharpless (above right) recorded two shots apiece to lead the team.
Diana made eight saves while Albany’s Sammie Rimback needed to make four saves for the shutout.
The Blue Hens return home next weekend for their final two contests at Rullo Stadium for the 2011 season. They will host Colonial Athletic Association rival Drexel on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m., and Towson on Sunday at 12 noon.
Scoring Summary: First Half – Albany – Christina Patrick (13) (Voormolen), 10:53; Albany – Nina Walters (3) (Luke), 26:56; Albany – Corrine McConville (10) (Penalty Stroke), 32:20; Second Half – Albany – Katharina Helling (4), 54:08.Shots: Delaware 8, Albany 15; Penalty Corners: Delaware 4, Albany 9; Saves: Delaware 8 (Diana), Albany 4 (Rimback).