BOSTON, Mass. - - Four first half goals were too much to overcome as the University of Delaware field hockey team fell to Northeastern, 4-2, in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup on Friday afternoon at Sweeney Field.
Delaware (6-7, 1-2 CAA) dominated the stat sheet, but couldn’t keep Northeastern (8-5, 3-2 CAA) from out of the back of the cage in the first half, as the Blue Hens fell behind early and were unable to rally in the second half.
The Blue Hens outshot the Huskies, 23-18, including an 11-7 advantage in the second half, but were only able to tally one goal in the second frame. The Hens also held an 8-5 advantage for the game in penalty corners.
The nation’s leading scorer, Crystal Poland, got the Huskies on the board first, only 1:36 into the game. The senior’s 20th goal of the season came off a penalty corner as Carolyn Malloy and Nicky Graham picked up the assists.
Delaware rookie Kelsey McKee evened the match at one apiece 13 minutes into the contest, with the score coming off the Blue Hens’ first corner of the afternoon. It was the freshman’s team-leading seventh goal of the season with Carley Hecht and Kayla Schweitzer picking up the assists.
Less than four minutes later, the Huskies reclaimed the lead as Pam Aldridge notched her fifth goal of the season. Malloy recorded her second assist on the goal while Poland tallied her fourth on the year.
Before heading into the half, Northeastern put two more shots past Blue Hen goalkeeper Noelle Diana as both Lindsay Bennett and Graham scored their first goals of the season. Bennett’s came with 7:27 left on the clock while Graham’s mark was with 2:13 on the board.
It seemed as if Delaware was poised to make a run in the second half as Nicole Onorato(above right) made it 4-2 just 1:17 into the second half on an unassisted goal. It was her second goal of the season.
Delaware recorded 11 shots in the second half but were only able to beat NU goalkeeper Lizzie Priest that one time in the early going. The Blue Hens earned one penalty corner in the half and made Priest make six stops to earn the win.
For the game, Priest recorded 11 saves while Diana made seven stops.
The Blue Hens remain on the road this weekend as they stop on Long Island for a Sunday matchup against CAA foe Hofstra. The game is slated for a 12 noon start.
Scoring Summary: First Half – Northeastern – Poland (20) (Malloy, Graham), 1:36; Delaware – McKee (7) (Hecht, Schweitzer), 13:00; Northeastern – Aldridge (5) (Malloy, Polland), 16:36; Northeastern – Bennett (1) (Barker), 27:33; Northeastern – Graham (1), 32:47.Second Half – Delaware – Onorato (2), 36:17
Shots: Delaware 23, Northeastern 18; Penalty Corners: Delaware 8, Northeastern 1; Saves: Delaware 7 (Diana); Northeastern 11 (Priest).