Leopards Fall to No. 8 Delaware on the Road
NEWARK, Del. – In its third consecutive matchup with a nationally-ranked opponent, the Lafayette field hockey team fell to No. 8 Delaware on the road by a final score of 9-0 Sunday afternoon.
The Leopards were unable to get the offense going in Newark, as Delaware was able to hem Lafayette in its own end for the majority of the contest. The Blue Hens opened the scoring in the eighth minute as Greta Nauck scored her first of the day. Lafayette earned three penalty corners in a row starting in the 11th minute, but was unable to capitalize as Cody Hunsicker saw one shot saved and another blocked.
Delaware upped the pressure from there as the Blue Hens added four more goals to their tally before the end of the half. Lafayette earned another corner in the 31st minute, but Audrey Sawers saw her attempt sail wide of the cage.
The second half was more of the same, as Delaware grabbed another in the 37th minute. Sophomore Sarah Park turned away the initial attempt, but the Blue Hens gathered the rebound and found the back of the cage to make it 6-0.
Theresa Delahanty sent an attempt on target in the 38th minute, but the shot was turned away. The Blue Hens regained control from there, adding three more before the end of regulation to bring the final score to 9-0.
Lafayette was outshot 22-5 by Delaware during the contest. The Blue Hens held a slim lead in corners, 6-4. Park made six saves in the cage for the Leopards.
The Leopards (5-5) will be back in action Friday, as they head to Lehigh (2-9) for a 7 p.m. showdown.