NORFOLK, Va. -- The University of Delaware field hockey team dropped its third consecutive game as the Blue Hens fell at eighth-ranked Old Dominion, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
The Blue Hens, who have now played eight ranked teams in 13 games this season, fell to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Monarchs won their fifth straight game while improving to 8-3 overall and a perfect 3-0 in league play. Old Dominion has now defeated Delaware in six of the last seven meetings between the schools.
The Monarchs took control early by scoring three goals in the first 19:12 of the contest. Danielle Clutter opened the scoring at the 6:28 mark when she scored in transition off a feed from Celine Marquet to put Old Dominion in front for good.
Just over nine minutes later Sarah Breen sent in a shot from the edge of the circle that was tapped in from the left side of the cage by Kimberly Oakes as the Monarchs took a two-goal advantage. Rosario Villagra then cut across the middle in front of the cage and ripped a shot into the goal at the 19:12 mark, as Old Dominion carried a 3-0 cushion into the halftime break.
The Blue Hens got on the board early in the second half following a penalty corner, as sophomore back Kelsey McKee (at right) deflected in a shot by junior midfielder Heather Hartman to pull Delaware within two. The goal was McKee’s fifth of the season, tying her for the team lead along with Michaela Patzner, while Hartman handed out her team-high fifth assist of the campaign.
However Old Dominion answered with 22:01 left in the contest when the Monarchs scored on a penalty corner, with Christy Longacre getting the goal off assists from Breen and Villagra.
Villagra then capped the scoring with 14:15 to play as she corralled her own rebound in front of the cage and stuffed in a shot to make it a 5-1 game.
Old Dominion carried the play for most of the day, holding a 21-6 shot advantage and a 4-2 edge in penalty corners.
Blue Hen junior goalkeeper Sarah Scher went the distance for Delaware, making nine saves while allowing five goals. ODU keeper Marla Petriello needed to stop just two shots and gave up only one goal, while Lydia Velzian recorded a defensive save for the Monarchs.
The game concludes a stretch of six consecutive road games for the Blue Hens, who return to Rullo Stadium on Friday to host ninth-ranked Northeastern at 7 p.m.