VanDaniker and Lyons Guide Hens to 11-8 Win Against Villanova
NEWARK, Del. – Sophomores Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) and Lauren VanDaniker (Perry Hall, Md.) combined for 11 points as the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team came back from a halftime deficit to defeat Villanova University, 11-8, Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.
The duo, which teamed up to score seven goals and four assists, also paired on three separate occasions with VanDaniker earning an assist on three of Lyons’ five goals.
With her five goals, Lyons tallied her third hat trick of the season and second consecutive game with five scores.
Villanova (3-2) held a 5-4 halftime lead and the two teams exchanged goals to open the second half before Delaware (3-3) scored five of the next six goals en route to victory.
Senior Chelsea Fay (West Chester, Pa.) also posted a multiple-goal day with two of her own. Fellow senior Abbie Hartman (Hatfield, Pa.) and junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) each recorded two points on one goal and one assist for the Hens.
Senior Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) earned her first start of the season and collected five saves to earn the victory.
Meghan Breen led the Wildcats with four points off three goals and one assist while Kelsey Denihan also registered a hat trick with three goals. Jaclyn Fraum tallied nine saves in the loss.
Head Coach Kateri Linville
[On the team victory]: “We battled hard as we had a few things not go our way here and there. We had a few errors in transition, but at the end of the day, we didn’t let that hold us back. We kept fighting through and finding a way to put the ball in the back of the net. It wasn’t our best game by any means, but I really liked how the team stayed resilient from start to finish.”
[On the duo of Casey Lyons and Lauren VanDaniker]: “Casey has a great stick and is a terrific finisher. Lauren is a very skilled player and she’s extremely composed on the field. Both of them are patient when helping us move the ball and finding easy shooting opportunities.”
Sophomore Casey Lyons
[On the team victory]: “We were able to stay positive when we were down and play together as a team. It’s a great feeling to get a win here as the home atmosphere is what gets us going and keeps us pumped up. Even when we are down, we know that this is our house and there is no other option than winning.”
[On pairing with Lauren VanDaniker]: “We usually know where each other is on the field, whether we have the ball or not. If I’m not open, she knows to look for other people or drive herself.”
Sophomore Lauren VanDaniker
[On playing with Casey Lyons]: “When I have pressure on me, she’s really good at being there so I don’t have to be doubled as long and I’m able to pop it back to her. Casey is really good at finishing when she has the ball.”
· Dating to last season, the Blue Hens have won six consecutive games at home and are 22-24 (.478) all-time at Delaware Stadium.
· The last time a Delaware player scored at least five goals in back to back games came during the 2004 season when Jenny Diana scored five at both Temple and William & Mary. In 2002, Ashley Moderacki tallied five goals against Rutgers and followed with a six-goal performance against Towson.
· The Blue Hens have yet to lose a game to Villanova as Delaware holds the all-time series advantage of 6-0 over the Wildcats.
· Caitlin McCartney has tallied at least one point in 35 consecutive games.
· McCartney led Delaware with three draw controls.
· Chelsea Fay has scored at least one goal in 32 straight games and now has 97 career goals.
· Lizzie Duffey and Erin Wein each posted four groundballs for Delaware.
· Wein led the game with three caused turnovers.
· Wednesday, March 12 – Virginia Tech at Delaware – 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
· Saturday, March 15 – Delaware at Temple – 1 p.m. – Geasey Field (Philadelphia, Pa)
· Wednesday, March 19 – Monmouth at Delaware – 6 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.) – Senior Night