Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/16/11
Host Delaware opened its women’s season today by bowing to defending national champion Maryland, 17-8.
The game also marked the first-ever women’s lacrosse contest to be played in Delaware Stadium, as well as the first game for Hens’ head coach Kateri Linville, a 2003 Delaware graduate and member of the Blue Hen team from 2000-03.
“Today was about competing and executing,” said Linville of her first game at the helm of the program. “For us, we want to win, so coming out and not getting a victory is disappointing.”
“But in terms of competing, we had a much better start and a much better finish than when we played Maryland in the fall.”
Ali Libertini led the Blue Hens with four goals and Corrine Drost added three goals while Julianna Jeffers had a goal and two assists. Delaware freshman defender Bridget Burns (Notre Dame) had a solid outing in her first collegiate game, grabbing a game-high three groundballs along with one draw control and a pair of caused turnovers.
Between the pipes, Mackenzie Worthington got the nod for Delaware, making four saves while playing in all 60 minutes. The Terps used three netminders, with Brittany Dipper playing the first 31 minutes and collecting her second win of the season, while Mary Jordan saw nearly 18 minutes of play and Kasey Howard was in goal for the final 11 minutes.
Delaware will face its first road test this Saturday when the Hens make the short drive to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on the Explorers of La Salle University. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium.
North Carolina 14, Vanderbilt 10
Emily Garrity (Strath Haven) scored once for the 2-0 Tar Heels.
The game also featured a grudge between former Radnor teammates – as Beth Ellis contributed on defense for UNC and former Raiders teammates Kelly Connors (midfielder/one goal, one assist, two GB, one CT), Kacie Connors (midfielder/three GB, one CT) and Alyssa Dunlap (defender, one groundball) contributed for Vanderbilt (1-1).
George Washington 21, Howard 3
Sarah Phillips (Downingtown West) had three goals and four assists for GW in its opener.