Blue Hens Unable to Complete Comeback in 7-4 Women's Lacrosse Loss to Rutgers
March 9, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. – Junior Abbie Hartman (at right) came off thebench andcollected a team-best two goals Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium, but the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team ran out of time in a 7-4 loss to Rutgers University.
The Scarlet Knights outscored the Blue Hens in the first half by a score of 4-1 and Delaware was never able tofully recover.
“We didn’t compete hard enough in the first half,” stated Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “For a young attack, I think we struggled to put the ball in the back of the net. We’re still working to find and finish those quality shooting opportunities.”
Hartman scored two goals on just two shots on the day.
“I thought we did well today, but there were little things that we didn’t execute to our full potential,” Hartman remarked.
The Hens (3-3) also saw goals from Bridget Burns and Chelsea Fay (at left) while Fay added a draw control for Delaware. Junior Shannon Burns collected a team-best three groundballs and controlled a game-best four draws.
Freshman Lauren VanDaniker dished out the first assist of her career in addition to collecting a groundball.
Katrina Martinelli and Chrissy Schreiber led Rutgers (5-1) with two goals apiece. Megan Clements and Amanda Trendell each put up two assists and one goal for the Scarlet Knights. Hollie DiMuro collected a game-high four groundballs.
Rutgers opened the game with two goals before Fay put the Hens on the board with an unassisted goal at the 12:42 mark in the first half. The Scarlet Knights went into halftime with a 4-1 lead over Delaware.
RU continued their momentum into the second as they scored three straight goals to go up, 7-1.
Following a timeout and a controlled draw from Shannon Burns, Bridget Burns (bottom right) tallied the Hens’ first goal of the half on a VanDaniker assist. The play sparked a three-goal run in less than two minutes.
“I think when Shannon stepped up on the draw, we made a run, but that’s too late against a good opponent,” Linville commented.
Shannon Burns controlled two more draws that turned into Hartman goals within the next forty seconds.
“We didn’t really change much [in the scoring run],” said Linville. “I think Shannon’s finally able to really box out and that drew a lot of momentum for us. I think that kind of leadership where you are executing your role, it gives a lot of confidence to the unit.”
Delaware held Rutgers scoreless for the final minutes of the game, but the Hens were unable to complete the comeback.
Sophomore Alex Zaugra finished the game with seven saves while Lily Kalata picked up five saves for the Scarlet Knights.
UD held an advantage in draw controls by a mark of 8-5 while Rutgers edged the Hens in shots (19-18) and groundballs (12-11).
Delaware takes on the ninth-ranked Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds Wednesday with a 6 p.m. scheduled draw.