University of Delaware Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Second Half But Drops 13-9 Decison to Denver
March 28, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
DENVER – Despite outscoring Denver 8-6 in the second half, the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team could not overcome a six-goal first half deficit as the Blue Hens dropped a 13-9 non-league decision to the Pioneers at Peter Barton Stadium Wednesday night.
Freshman Caitlin McCartney (at right) led the way for Delaware (2-8) with four goals, all of which came in the second half as she notched her third career hat trick. Sophomore Chelsea Fay found the back of the net twice, while Allison Hahn, Abbie Hartman, and Shannon Burns chipped in with one goal apiece.
Eight Pioneers scored at least one goal on the day as Denver won its seventh straight and improved to 7-1 on the season. Freshman Jill Remenapp led the Pioneers with two goals and three assists. The Pioneers are coached by former Blue Hen All-American Liza Kelly (Shoemaker).
“When we collected the ball and let the ball do the work we converted,” said second-year Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “The 7-1 first half deficit was too big for us to make a comeback. We need to compete and execute for sixty minutes in order to win.”
Between the pipes, freshman goalkeeper Alex Zaugra (bottom left) made a career-high 11 stops in 60 minutes of action for the Hens, while Denver’s Ashley Harman made five saves in goal for the Pioneers.
Denver took 33 shots on the day, 24 of which were on goal, while Delaware converted 14 of 16 shots on goal.
Delaware won the groundball battle, scooping up 12 to Denver’s nine groundballs. McCartney and Angela Biciocchi led the Hens with three each in that category.
In addition, the Hens won 13 draw controls, compared to 11 by Denver. McCartney and Kelsey Dlugos led the Hens with four draw controls each.
“Kelsey Dlugos was a tremendous spark for us on the draw,” stated Linville.
Denver jumped out to an early lead as the Pioneers scored the first three goals of the game.
Fay scored Delaware’s lone first half goal at the 14:07 mark before the Pioneers fired off four straight goals to close out the half with a 7-1 lead.
Burns found the back of the net less than one minute into the fresh half, but Denver scored the next three to push the Pioneers’ lead to eight.
The teams traded the next two goals before Delaware rallied with its first run of the day, scoring three consecutive goals, including back-to-back scores from McCartney, to tighten the score to 11-6 with 14:58 to go.
Becca Steinberg ended the Delaware run with an assisted goal from Kara Secora, but Delaware continued to battle as the Hens scored the next two to reduce their deficit to four goals.
McCartney fought to the final seconds of the game with a goal at the 0:15 mark, but it would not be enough despite a gutsy second half effort.
Delaware will look to bounce back as the Blue Hens open Colonial Athletic Association action at Towson on April 1 in a 1 p.m. draw.Back To Women's Lacrosse Home Women's Lacrosse Story Archive