UD Advances To CAA Field Hockey Final
Newark, Del. (Nov. 8, 2013) - Top-seeded Delaware utilized a balanced attack to take down fourth-seeded William & Mary, 4-2, in Friday's first semifinal contest of the 2013 CAA Field Hockey Championship at Rullo Stadium in Newark, Del.
No. 17 Delaware improved to 15-4 on the year and will face second-seeded Drexel or third-seeded Northeastern in Sunday's championship game at 1:00 p.m. The Tribe finished the season with an 8-11 overall mark.
Four different Blue Hens recorded goals, including Kasey Prettyman, Michaela Patzner, Meghan Winesett and Esmee Peet. Winesett and Peet each added an assist as well in the win, the team’s sixth straight.
"A great team effort once again," UD coach Rolf van de Kerkhof said. "We're a team that plays well together and if we're really playing well together, we can do whatever we want to."
After a back-and-forth contest early on, the hosts opened up the scoring just under 13 minutes in, as Prettyman collected a corner pass from Peet for an easy score. Nearly four minutes later, Patzner knocked in a shot from the right side off the far post and in to make it 2-0 Delaware.
The Tribe added a goal late in the first half as freshman Lindsey Buckheit registered her first score of the season to make it 2-1. The lead was short-lived though, as UD’s Winesett followed one minute later by ripping in a shot from the right to increase the edge the 3-1 just before the half.
Early in the second half, Peet, who was honored on Thursday as the CAA Rookie and Player of the Year, pushed the lead to 4-1 with an unassisted goal – her 11th of the year – just two minutes in.
The rest of the second half was controlled by the hosts and some solid defense. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Schher had a couple of highlight saves and finished with eight stops overall. William & Mary’s Esty Byrd scored with three-plus minutes remaining to cut the deficit to 4-2, but the Hens held on for the win from there.
"It's do or die time," Scher said. "You win it, or you lose."
Delaware outshot the Tribe 23-12 in the contest and owned an 8-6 advantage on penalty corners. Delaware advances to the title game for the first time since 2009, which was also the last time the Blue Hens won their last CAA championship.
"She's crazy," added Winesett about Scher's play. "She always plays well and doesn't get enough attention for that."