NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware field hockey squad battled No. 1 ranked and undefeated Old Dominion straight up for the first half of the game Sunday afternoon before the Monarchs used a late second half scoring flurry to post a 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Blue Hens at Rullo Stadium.
Delaware, coming off a 3-1 win over William & Mary in its CAA opener Friday night, continued that momentum during the first half of the game Sunday before finally giving way to Old Dominion.
The Monarchs (12-0, 3-0 CAA) did not score until no time was left on the clock in the first half when Rebecca Condie broke the drought by scoring off a rebound following a penalty corner attempt. Old Dominion added a second goal just five minutes into the second half and pulled away with a three-goal flurry in a span of 10 minutes over the final 18 minutes of the contest.
Delaware fell to 6-6 on the season and evened its league slate at 1-1. The Blue Hens will continue CAA action this week with road contests at Northeastern on Oct. 7 and at Hofstra on Oct. 9.
Old Dominion, a perennial CAA power off to its best start since 1992, posted its fifth shutout of the season as the Monarchs outshot the Hens 25-3 and held a 10-2 advantage in corners.
Five different ODU players notched goals on the afternoon with Condie being joined by Lydia Velzian, Kelsey Smither, Maartje van Rijswijk, and Emma Batten. Batten, the nation’s No. 5 leading goal-scorer with 13, and Smither also added assists.
Delaware goalkeeper Noelle Diana (at right) and backup Sarah Scher combined to record 11 saves with Diana turning back 10 shots in 57 minutes of action and Scher posting one stop over the final 13 minutes of play. Diana reached double figures in saves for the third time this season. Old Dominion goalkeeper Devon Seifert needed to make just one save to post the shutout.
Freshman Kelsey McKee had two of the Hens’ three shots for the game while Kasey Prettyman, the star of the William & Mary win when she scored two goals, collected the other.
Old Dominion was the second No. 1 ranked team the Hens have faced at home this season. Then No. 1 ranked North Carolina knocked off the Hens 6-0 back on Sept. 9 at Rullo Stadium. Delaware’s only two shutout losses this season have come at the hands of the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.