Delaware Women's Lacrosse Kicks Off 2012 Season at No. 2 ranked Maryland Thursday Afternoon
February 15, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse squad will once again open its season against a highly-regarded University of Maryland team when the Blue Hens open the season Thursday afternoon on the road at 4 p.m.
Delaware head coach Kateri Linville heads into her second season with momentum as the Hens look to improve upon last season when the team went 8-9 and just missed out on a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
Facing yet another challenging schedule that features some of the nation's top women's lacrosse powers, the Hens will open against a Maryland team that finished as the 2011 national runner-up after capturing the national title in 2010. The Terrapins opened their season with a 19-8 win over Delaware's CAA foe William & Mary Sunday.
With five opponents ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Top 20 Poll - Maryland, Loyola (Md.), James Madison, Georgetown, and Penn State - the Blue Hens will continue the start of a new era against the very top.
Delaware season tickets are still available for the 2012 schedule. Fans can purchase season tickets for $50 for adults and $25 for youth (17 and under) and seniors (60 and over) in advance.
Adults can save $35 - the equivalent of seven free games - with the purchase of one ticket while youth and seniors can save $26 - or the equivalent of 12 free games. Visit www.BlueHens.com to fill out an application or call the University of Delaware Season Ticket Office at 302-831-2257 for more information.
Throughout the season fans can also purchase discounted group tickets. Gameday ticket prices for both men’s and women’s lacrosse are each $5 for adults and $3 for youth 17 & under and for seniors 60 & older.
Also available to fans are free live video and statistical feeds for all home games.
Despite graduating eight seniors, the Blue Hens have added six outstanding freshmen and two sophomore transfers to a roster that returns 11 experienced letter winners, including four returning starters.
Back on the attack for Delaware is one of last season’s top scorers in Chelsea Fay, who tallied 12 goals and one assist for 13 points a year ago.
Senior Grace Wills (at right), who was tabbed as captain this season in a unanimous vote, will lead the way for the Hens’ in the backfield alongside sophomore Alex Alois. Wills forced seven turnovers and tied for fifth on the squad with Alois last season with 15 groundballs apiece. Alois, a returning starter and 2011 All-CAA Rookie award winner, made 16 starts during her freshman campaign while also ranking third on the team with 10 caused turnovers.
Through the midfield, sophomore Bridget Burns and junior Angela Biciocchi lead the way for the Hens. Burns, who was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team last spring, started all 17 contests as a freshman and ranked second for Delaware by winning 24 draw controls.
She also scored six goals and added one assist for seven points, scooped up 12 groundballs, and caused seven turnovers. Biciocchi scooped up 11 groundballs and forced seven turnovers during her sophomore campaign.
Between the pipes for Delaware will be freshman Alex Zaugra, a standout at Shawnee High School in Medford Lakes, N.J. who was named an honorable mention All-American as a junior and senior.Back To Women's Lacrosse Home Women's Lacrosse Story Archive