NEWARK, Del. -- Blue Hen senior Amanda McCardell (at right) scored twice as the University of Delaware field hockey team snapped its four-game losing streak in impressive fashion by posting a 3-0 shutout of rival Drexel Friday night at chilly Rullo Stadium.
Kasey Prettyman scored the other goal for the Blue Hens, who improved to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
With three conference games remaining Delaware is tied for fifth place in the league standings, as both the Blue Hens and Towson have identical 2-3 marks. Those two teams square off Sunday at Rullo Stadium in a 12 noon contest.
Drexel, which had defeated Delaware in five of the last six meetings, dropped to 10-6 overall and 3-3 in league play.
The first half was tightly contested and did not feature many scoring opportunities for either squad, although a shot by the Blue Hens’ Nicole Onorato hit the crossbar 11:44 into the game.
However Delaware would score the only goal it would need 9:49 into the second period. Onorato fired a shot from 10 yards out that was saved by Drexel goalkeeper Kim Chiarelli, but McCardell was there to knock home the rebound to put the Blue Hens ahead for good.
Delaware maintained its one-goal cushion for the next 18 minutes, until a ball came to junior forward Tory Sharpless near the midfield line. Sharpless then fed Prettyman who dribbled toward the goal, maneuvered to the left side and lifted a beautiful shot past Chiarelli into the top right corner of the cage to make it a 2-0 game.
McCardell then put the game away with just 1:29 remaining by dribbling to the center of the field and blasting a shot from eight yards away into the cage to give Delaware the three-goal victory. The contest was McCardell’s first two-goal game of her career and she now has 16 during her four years as a Blue Hen.
Delaware goalkeeper Noelle Diana and the Delaware backfield would make the lead hold up, allowing just 12 Drexel shots to preserve the shutout. Diana made six saves in the Blue Hen cage to post her third shutout of the season and the eighth of her career.
Chiarelli also stopped six shots for the Dragons, who were out-shot 13-12 for the contest. Delaware also held a slim 5-3 edge in corners.
The Blue Hens wrap up their home schedule on Sunday with the pivotal 12 p.m. contest with Towson. The game is Senior Day, as McCardell, Diana and Kayla Schweitzer will be honored in a pregame ceremony.