NEWARK, Del. – A balanced scoring attack led the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team to its first berth into the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament since the 2009 campaign Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens defeated William & Mary, 14-8, at Delaware Stadium.

With the win, Delaware improves to 10-5 on the season and finished CAA action with a mark of 3-2.  Based on head-to-head competition, the Blue Hens cannot finish lower than Hofstra (5-8, 0-2 CAA) or the Tribe (2-11, 0-3 CAA) in the league rankings and therefore earns their first trip to the CAA Tournament under fourth-year head coach Kateri Linville.  The Hens await their seeding in the tournament as four teams have yet to complete their conference slate.

A near-record crowd of 595 witnessed Sunday’s game, which featured hat tricks from three Delaware players.

Senior Chelsea Fay (West Chester, Pa.) tied a Delaware Stadium record with a career-best seven points on three goals and a career-high and stadium record four assists. 

Sophomore Shannon Hawley (at left; Camillus, N.Y.) added four goals for the second consecutive game and one assist while junior Caitlin McCartney (below right; Doylestown, Pa.) posted three goals and one assist.

Junior Shannon Burns (Springfield, Pa.) controlled four of Delaware’s 12 draws.

Defensively, sophomore Erin Wein (Middletown, Md.) and senior goalkeeper Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) collected three groundballs apiece while Wein caused a game-best three turnovers.

Zorovich earned the win for the Blue Hens after tallying five saves while allowing eight goals.

Taelor Salmon led W&M with four points off of three goals and one assist.  Colleen Nofi was credited with the loss after giving up 13 goals with six saves.

Head Coach Kateri Linville 
“It took a team effort today.  Our ball movement and willingness to share opportunities to score benefitted us in the end.  They [William & Mary] made us earn our win and battled until that last whistle.  Getting to the [CAA] Tournament isn’t easy, it’s really hard work and this team has done that.”

Senior Chelsea Fay
“We knew we had to come out and execute our game plan.  Ultimately, we did that today and pulled out a great win.  Our attack unit really balances the field so everybody gets touches.  Everyone was working well together today, so that really worked to our benefit.”

     ·   Delaware is 4-1 on the season when an opponent scores first.
     ·   The Blue Hens posted the second-highest women’s lacrosse attendance (595) at Delaware Stadium and the highest since April 24, 2011 when 613 fans saw Delaware defeat Old Dominion, 9-6.
     ·   UD held a 17-12 advantage over the Tribe in groundballs.
     ·   The Hens scored six straight goals twice in the game.
     ·   Caitlin McCartney has recorded at least one point in 44 consecutive contests while Chelsea Fay has tallied at least one point in 41 straight games.

     ·  Tuesday, April 22 – No. 15 Stony Brook at Delaware – 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·  Friday, May 2 – CAA Tournament Semifinals – Opponent/Time TBA – Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field (Williamsburg, Va.)
     ·  Sunday, May 4 – CAA Tournament Finals – Opponent/Time TBA – Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field (Williamsburg, Va.)