UMBC Uses Second Half Surge to Move Past Delaware for 15-6 Women's Lacrosse Win
March 7, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware women's lacrosse team pulled to within two goals early in the second half, but UMBC reeled off five straight goals over a 12-minute span to take control and post a 15-6 non-league victory over the Blue Hens Wednesday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.
Shannon Burns (at right) and Chelsea Fay (bottom left) each scored two goals to lead the Blue Hens (2-4), who suffered their third straight setback. Fay also added an assist and upped her streak to seven straight games with at least one goal dating back to last season. Caitlin McCartney and Angel Biciocchi also tallied for Delaware.
UMBC (2-2), which snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the Hens for the fourth straight time, got big efforts from the trio of Lindsay Cox, Alicia Krause, and Abby Wilson who combined to score 11 of the Retriever goals. Krause scored four goals and dished out two assists while Cox had four goals and an assist and Wilson contributed three goals and an assist.
The Retriever defense, which earlier this season held Delaware Colonial Athletic Association foe George Mason to a single goal in 13-1 win, stifled the Hens for much of the day and allowed Delaware just 19 total shots while forcing 14 turnovers.
“UMBC is a well-coached, disciplined team that really goes hard to the goal,” said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “We just couldn’t generate enough momentum in the second half to come back and we came up short. We had possessions but we just were not attacking hard enough. We are a young team, so we will keep working on leadership and gaining some confidence.”
Krause scored three goals in the first half to lead UMBC, which went up 4-2 on her goal with 10:30 left in the opening stanza and pushed the advantage to 5-2 when she assisted on a goal by Emily Coady. Delaware got a big lift when McCartney scored with 16 seconds left to cut the lead to 5-3, but UMBC came right back on the ensuing draw and got a goal from Cox with just two seconds left to go before the break up 6-3.
After Cox scored to the open the second half, Delaware rallied back as Biciocchi scored off a feed from Fay just under five minutes into the stanza and Fay scored herself just over a minute after that to narrow the gap to 7-5 with 24:30 left.
But it was all UMBC after that as the Retrievers scored five straight goals in a span of 12 minutes to take control at 12-5 with 10: 44 left. Delaware could only answer with a goal by Burns with 9:33 left and never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Delaware will look to get back on the winning track this Saturday when the Blue Hens host No. 12 ranked Penn State at 12 noon at Delaware Stadium.
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