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Sophomore Shannon Hawley
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Colonials Threaten Late, but Blue Hens Survive for Sixth Straight Victory

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/22/2014
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – George Washington University outscored the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team by four goals in the second period Saturday afternoon, but the Blue Hens were able to hold on for a 10-8 win.

With the win, Delaware picks up its sixth straight win to improve to 7-3 on the season.  The Hens are off to their best start since the 2007 and 2008 seasons when UD opened with 7-3 records.  Additionally, the Blue Hens have not won six consecutive contests since current head coach Kateri Linville was a freshman on the 2000 squad that began the year with eight straight victories.

Delaware posted five of the game’s first six goals within 11 minutes of opening draw en route to an 8-2 halftime advantage.

George Washington (4-4) came out of the break with a vengeance to score four unanswered goals to come within two at 8-6.

Sophomores Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.) and Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) pushed the UD lead to 10-6 with over 12 minutes left in the game, but the Colonials would not back down.

Rachel Mia cut the score to 10-7 with 11:08 to go while Lindsay Diantonio posted the game’s final goal at 1:21.

Hawley led all scorers with her third hat trick of the season with three goals. 

Senior Chelsea Fay (West Chester, Pa.) added two scores for the Hens classmate Abbie Hartman (Hatfield, Pa.) and Lyons each posted two points off of one goal and one assist.

Junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) recorded a team-best four groundballs in addition to two draw controls, two caused turnovers and one goal. 

Senior Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) collected seven saves to move to 5-0 on the year for UD.

GW’s Erin Long gave up eight goals while tallying three saves for the loss.  Mia, Diantonio and Michaela Lynch all registered two goals for the Colonials.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Kateri Linville
“We are in a good position to be in at the end of non-conference play.  George Washington made us work hard for today’s win.  It’s a good gut check before we start conference action.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · The Blue Hens have held an opponent under 10 goals in eight of its 10 games this year, including each of the last seven outings.
     · Delaware improved to 2-3 on the road this year.
     · Caitlin McCartney has tallied at least one point in 39 consecutive games.
     · Chelsea Fay has scored at least one goal in 36 straight contests.
     · Casey Lyons was held under five points for the first time in six games.
     · Abby Wheble controlled a game-best and career-high four draws. 
     · Today’s game was the first-ever matchup between the Delaware and George Washington women’s lacrosse programs.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Sunday, March 30 – Delaware at No. 18 Towson* - 1 p.m. - Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson, Md.)
     · Friday, April 4 – Drexel at Delaware* - 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Sunday, April 6 – Delaware at Hofstra* – 1 p.m. – James M. Shuart Stadium (Hempstead, N.Y.)

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