McCartney, Fay Lead the Way as University of Delaware Women's Lacrosse Picks Up First Win of Season with 11-7 Victory Over Villanova
February 22, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. – Behind a combined seven goals from Caitlin McCartney and Chelsea Fay, the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team got its first victory of the season Wednesday afternoon as the Blue Hens knocked off Villanova in a wire-to-wire 11-7 win at Delaware Stadium.
McCartney (at right), a freshman, notched her second straight hat trick, tallying four goals to go with an assist against the Wildcats, while Fay (bottom left), a sophomore, logged a career-high three goals for her first career hat trick in the win. Freshman Allison Hahn also made an impact as she scored her first two career goals for the Hens, while Shannon Burns and Bridget Burns each chipped in with a goal.
McCartney, who also scored three goals in a season-opener setback to No. 2 ranked Maryland last week, became the first Delaware player in 32 years to register three goals or more in each of her first two career games. McCartney joins Lisa Blanc, who scored three goals against Ursinus followed by four vs. Rutgers in her first two career games for Delaware all the way back in 1980.
Additionally, McCartney is the first Blue Hen since 2006 to score three or more goals in each of the first two games of the season since Casey McCrudden accomplished that feat with five goals vs. Loyola and three against Denver in 2006.
“The team took a positive step forward tonight,” said Delaware second-year head coach Kateri Linville. “We set the tone of the game and I’m proud of this team for getting things done. We definitely have people who can put the ball in the back of the net and this team is very versatile, which will help us to improve throughout the season."
Delaware scored the first three goals of the game and did not trail as the Hens defeated Villanova for the fifth straight time. Each team had five goal-scorers, including Justine Donodeo and Jackie Froccaro, who led the way for the Wildcats with two goals apiece.
After a seven-minute scoreless start, McCartney picked up the Blue Hen momentum as she scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Bridget Burns.
The Blue Hens remained hot with back-to-back goals by Fay at the 21:16 mark on a free position shot, followed by another goal just minutes later to give the Hens a 3-0 lead. Froccaro scored off an assist from Maria Bowman with 14:43 remaining in the first half to putVillanova on the board.
The next Blue Hen goal was a career first for Hahn, followed by the first goal of the season by Shannon Burns at the 8:25 mark, to give the Hens a 5-1 lead.
With 6:54 remaining, Froccaro scored her second goal for Villanova, but Bridget Burns quickly came up with an answer as she scored her first goal of the season with an assist from McCartney with just over five minutes left.
Villanova ended the first half with a pair of goals with less than a minute to go from Donodeo and Bowman to make it a 7-4 halftime score.
Delaware never let the Wildcats get closer than three goals in the second half as McCartney and Fay each scored a free position goal in the first four minutes of the second half to push the lead to 9-4, and after Villanova ralled with two straight scores to narrow the gap to 9-6,McCartney struck again at the 18:00 mark.
A goal by Donodeo with 13:17 left to play narrowed the gap to three goals again, but once again the Hens responded as Hahn scored the game's final goal with 11:13 remaining off a free position opportunity.
“We still have a whole nother level to reach with this team,” said Linville of a squad that features 14 freshmen and sophomores . “Today was a great win but we still have much to improve on game by game."
The Blue Hens will remain home to face Lehigh on Saturday, February 25 in a 3 p.m. draw at Delaware Stadium.Back To Women's Lacrosse Home Women's Lacrosse Story Archive