HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hat tricks by Hofstra’s Krizia Layne and Genna Kovar helped drop the University of Delaware field hockey team, 7-2, in Colonial Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium.
Delaware (6-8, 1-3 CAA) gave up four first half goals for the second consecutive game, but had it at 4-2 early in the second half before Hofstra (11-5, 4-1 CAA) pulled away.
Kovar added two assists on the afternoon, helping her take sole possession of Hofstra’s career points mark and season goals record. Both records were held by Janet Walsh with 127 career points and 20 goals in 1998. Charlia Warner also held the season goals record, scoring 20 in 2006.
The Blue Hens cut the lead in half, 2-1, in the 16th minute with a goal from freshman Kelsey McKee. Following a save from Pride goalkeeper Amanda Heyde on a shot from Tory Sharpless, Hofstra was unable to clear the ball legally, causing a penalty stroke. McKee sent in her team-leading third stroke and eighth goal of the season with 19:02 on the clock.
Delaware dominated the stat sheet over the next five minutes, but was unable to knot the score. Taylor Claybrook, McKee, and Sharpless all had shots that were stopped from reaching the back of the cage. Hofstra’s Amy-Lee Levey had a defensive save in that span to help keep the score at 2-1.
Before the end of the half, Hofstra would put two more shots passed Blue Hen goalkeeper Noelle Diana to extend the lead to 4-1.
Sophomore Clare O’Malley (above right) cut the lead in half once again with the first goal of the second half, but that would be all the Blue Hens would be able to put on the board.
On the team’s second penalty corner of the second half, O’Malley collected a rebound off a shot from McKee in the middle of the circle and finished it off with 30:02 remaining in regulation. It was O’Malley’s first goal of the season after missing the first five games of the season due to an injury.
The Blue Hens recorded the next two shots of the game, but Kasey Prettyman sent her chance wide of the cage, and McKee had a shot blocked in front off another penalty corner.
After that point, the home squad took over the half and dominated the statistics. They went on to score three more goals as Kovar and Layne finished off their hat tricks. Darrah Rachman tallied her sixth goal of the season in the 68th minute to cap the scoring.
Hofstra out shot the Blue Hens, 24-17, and earned more penalty corners, 13-10, on the afternoon.
Diana and Heyde made nine saves a piece, while Sarah Scher relieved Diana for the final 12:08 and stopped two shots.
The Hens will have a break from CAA play next weekend but will travel to No. 16 Albany on Sunday October 16. The game is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Scoring Summary: First Half – Hofstra – Kovar (19) (Layne), 1:32; Hofstra – Layne (16) (Levey), 9:13; Delaware – McKee (8) (Penalty Stroke), 15:58; Hofstra – Kovar (20) (Cowles), 21:43; Hofstra – Layne (17) (Kovar), 31:51; Second Half – Delaware – O’Malley (1), 39:58; Hofstra – Kovar (21) (Gallagher), 49:49; Hofstra – Layne (19) (Kovar), 58:46; Hofstra – Rachman (6), 67:11.
Shots: Delaware- 17, Hofstra- 24; Penalty Corners: Delaware- 10, Hofstra- 13; Saves: Delaware- 11 (Diana, 9, Scher, 2), Hofstra- 10 (Heyde).