Hens sit in fourth place in CAA with 15-2 victory over William & Mary
Published: Monday, April 15, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013 22:04
Delaware’s women’s lacrosse team’s defense put in a strong effort to help the Hens take a lopsided 15-2 victory over William & Mary Sunday at Delaware Stadium.
Head coach Kateri Linville said the Tribe are a good team, but that Delaware was better prepared for them than expected.
“I don’t think they showed up today,” Linville said. “I think part of that was our ability to really come out strong and continue to sustain our effort and I think we’ve been talking about that as a team, separating ourselves and demonstrating a dominant force from start to finish.”
The team entered this match-up with a 3-2 record in conference play, having beaten Old Dominion on Friday night in a closely fought game. Sophomore midfielder Caitlin McCartney scored her eighth hat trick of the season by netting the game-winning goal with 4:16 left to play.
Junior goaltender Tori Zorovich said the game on Friday taught the defense well for Sunday’s game.
“We knew that they would definitely be tough and that they had a lot good of one [versus] one knockers that get in close so we prepared our defense pretty well and they played similarly to how ODU played,” Zorovich said. “I was really happy with the defense’s performance. I think we stayed in the whole game, even when it started staying on offense for a majority of the time.”
The scoring started quickly on Sunday, when McCartney scored 4:28 into the first half on a free position shot. While William & Mary attacker Taelor Salmon scored 1:30 later to tie it up, the Hens went on a six-goal run to close out the first half. McCartney scored four goals during the game and junior attacker Chelsea Fay scored three to claim her seventh hat trick of the season.
Another Delaware player who scored was junior attacker Abbie Hartman, who recorded two goals during the game, one in each half. Hartman said while she played solidly, she credits the team’s work on faceoffs as helping secure the victory.
“Individually, I think I did well, but it’s never an individual game, it’s always a team effort,” Hartman said. “I think the team did awesome on the draw, and that which in case gave us the ball in the offensive end and enabled us to do a lot of great things on attack and convert into goals.”
As the CAA season draws to a close, the team has two more regular-season games ahead of it, and Zorovich said they are both big games for Delaware as they push to get into the playoffs. The Hens at Drexel on Friday and at home against Hofstra two days later. The week after that, the CAA Tournament starts on May 3.
Linville said as long as the team continues to stay consistent in practice, Delaware should be in contention for the CAA title.
“I mean, draws have been really critical, possession plays have been critical, we’ve talked a lot about transition,” Linville said. “As a conference, transition game has been a weakness for multiple opponents so we can feel a good job taking care of the ball in our attack. We’ll be able to separate ourselves.”