WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- William & Mary sophomore Emma Clifton scored two goals and assisted on another as the 19th-ranked Tribe posted a 4-0 victory over the University of Delaware field hockey team in the Blue Hens’ Colonial Athletic Association opener Friday night at Busch Field.
William & Mary, which won its second consecutive game, improved to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. The Blue Hens, who were playing their seventh ranked opponent of the season, dropped their second straight contest while falling to 4-8 overall and 0-1 in the CAA.
After the start of the game was delayed a little over an hour due to lightning, the Tribe struck first 16:28 into the contest on a penalty corner. Christine Johnson scored her seventh goal of the season off assists from Jesse Ebner and Chaney Manganello to put the Tribe in front for good.
Almost nine minutes later Pip Saunders collected a pass in the circle and fed Clifton, who blasted a shot into the cage as William & Mary took a two-goal advantage into the half.
Clifton notched her second goal of the night just under 11 minutes into the second period, as she corralled a blocked shot in the circle and rolled a shot into the cage to make it a 3-0 game. Barely a minute and a half later she found Lindsay Buckheit for an easy tip-in to account for the final margin.
The Tribe held a commanding 18-10 advantage in shots and a slim 6-5 edge in penalty corners during the evening. William & Mary goalkeeper Elizabeth Frey needed to make just three saves to record the shutout, while Blue Hen freshman keeper Megane Simons stopped nine shots in the Delaware cage.
UD junior forward Toni Popinko (at right) led the Blue Hen attack with four shots including two on goal, while Carley Hecht added two shots.
Delaware, which had taken five of the last six meetings with William & Mary, returns to action on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at eighth-ranked Old Dominion.