NEWARK, Del. – Delaware Stadium continued to provide an advantage for the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team as the Blue Hens collected their ninth consecutive win at home with a 12-5 victory over rival Drexel University in Colonial Athletic Association action Friday evening.

The win is the first for the Delaware in the CAA this season, who improved to 8-4 overall on the year.  The Blue Hens also defeated the Dragons (4-7, 0-1 CAA) for the first time since the 2010 season.

Senior Chelsea Fay (at right; West Chester, Pa.) and sophomore Casey Lyons (below left; Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) guided UD offensively by tallying five and four points, respectively.  Fay led all scorers with three goals and two assists while Lyons added two goals and two assists of her own.

Delaware also received multiple point games from sophomore Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.), junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) and senior Abbie Hartman (Hatfield, Pa.).

Senior Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) anchored a tough Blue Hens defense as she posted 11 saves, including eight in the second half, while allowing just five goals for her seventh win of the year. 

Kelly Palace and Joelle Hartke each registered two points for the Dragons as Palace collected two goals while Hartke logged one goal and one assist.  Teresha Bradley allowed 12 goals while recording seven saves in the loss.

Head Coach Kateri Linville 
“We’ve been really fired up to play in Delaware Stadium and keep our winning streak going.  That provided some momentum and motivation for us to get this victory in addition to Drexel being one of our big rivals.  They’ve had our number for the past few years and we wanted to make a statement, especially coming off of a heart wrenching loss at Towson."

"Overall, we had a good team effort.  The draw was key for us tonight and that gave us a lot of momentum on the offensive end.  Tori [Zorovich] made some huge defensive stops and Lizzie [Duffey] really helped us in the transition.  I’m really happy with the overall performance and the support that all of our players had for each other.”
Senior Tori Zorovich (at right)
On the win:  “This was a big game for us as Drexel has had our number for all of the years that I’ve played here.  This is the first time we’ve beaten them in a few years and it’s our first win in conference, so this is definitely a big win.

On a big game in the cage:  “My teammates were really putting a lot of pressure on them and making their shots harder.  The defense had my back the whole game.”
Sophomore Lizzie Duffey
“The team has been working so hard and we transitioned the ball well today.”

On the playing against her twin sister, Emily:  “There’s always an intense and competitive rivalry between us.  Being in the same conference and losing to them the last few years intensifies things and makes this an even bigger win.”

     ·   The Blue Hens are now 25-24 (.510) all-time at Delaware Stadium.
     ·   Delaware has posted at least 10 goals in each of the last eight games.
     ·   UD has also held an opponent to nine or fewer goals in nine contests this season.
     ·   The Hens snapped a three-game losing skid to Drexel.  Delaware continues to lead the all-time series against the Dragons, 23-7, and are 12-3 over DU at home.
     ·   Delaware posted 12 total draw controls to just six for Drexel.
     ·   Caitlin McCartney has tallied at least one point in 41 consecutive contests.
     ·   Chelsea Fay has scored at least one goal in 38 straight games.
     ·   Lizzie Duffey, Kara Dattellas and Shannon Burns all controlled three draws.
     ·   Erin Wein caused three Drexel turnovers in addition to collecting two groundballs.

     ·  Sunday, April 6 – Delaware at Hofstra* – 1 p.m. – James M. Shuart Stadium (Hempstead, N.Y.)
     ·  Friday, April 11 – James Madison at Delaware* – 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.) – One Love Foundation Domestic Violence Awareness Game
     ·  Sunday, April 13 – William & Mary at Delaware* – 1 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)