Drive for Five: Lyons Nets Five Goals for Third Straight Game as Hens Push Aside Virginia Tech 17-3
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware midfielder Casey Lyons must like the number five.
The sophomore from Ontario, Canada netted a game-high five goals for the third straight game and led the Blue Hens to their third straight victory as they pushed aside Virginia Tech for a 17-3 women's lacrosse victory at Delaware Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Hens (4-3), who have now won seven straight home games since last season, scored the first four goals of the game, jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead, and held the Hokies scoreless in the second half on the way to their largest margin of victory in four years under head coach Kateri Linville and the most since a 21-4 victory over Villanova back in 2005. Delaware has now outscored its last three opponents by a margin of 46-18.
Delaware captain Caitlin McCartney added three goals and two assists, Shannon Hawley scored three times and added an assist, and Abbie Hartman contributed two goals and an assist.
Lyons, who also dished out an assist vs. Virginia Tech, is the first UD player to score five or more goals in three straight games since All-American Missy Meharg scored five, seven, and six goals respectively vs. Virginia, West Chester, and Princeton to close out the 1985 regular season.
In all, eight different players scored goals Wednesday, seven different Blue Hens dished out assists, and goalkeepers Tori Zorovich (above) and Alex Zaugra shutdown the Hokies. Zorovich made five saves before giving way to Zaugra, who closed out the win with a save in two minutes of play.
Virginia Tech got two goals from Meg Bartley and one from Julia Heaps while Gracee Hendrix and Megan Will each dished out an assist.
Incredibly, Delaware scored on 17 of its 24 shots for the game and allowed the Hokies to get just 15 shots off for the game, including just six in the second half. The Hens held an opponent scoreless for a half for the first time since 2007 when Delaware held Davidson without a goal in the second half of an 11-3 win.
Head Coach Kateri Linville: “We were free, competing, and playing as a team that is what we want. In terms of execution, we still have another level in us and that’s what is most exciting about tonight. Everyone contributed to our win. But I still think we have yet to play our best game.”
• Caitlin McCartney has now scored a point in 36 straight games
• Chelsea Fay has scored a goal in 33 straight games and now has 98 for her Delaware career
• Freshman defender Coley Ricci recorded a game-high six draw controls, the most by a UD player this season
• Delaware has now won three straight over Virginia Tech, including an 8-7 win in the most recent matchup in 2008