This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

Presented by Courtyard By Marriott at the University of Delaware

University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some of the more memorable dates in Blue Hen history.

April 25, 2000

O'Connell Leads No. 11 Ranked University of Delaware Women's Lacrosse Past Temple

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Delaware scored the first five goals of the second half to overcome a three-goal halftime deficit and moved on to a 12-8 non-league women's lacrosse victory over host Temple at Geasey Field.

The 11th ranked Blue Hens (12-3), who got four goals from this week's America East Player of the Week Kate O'Connell (Mt. de Sales/Columbia, MD), posted their 29th straight win over an unranked team since 1998.

Temple (7-7) got two goals each from Kelly Ruch, Patience Synnestvedt, and Deanna Radcliffe but the Owls were out shot 37-22. Sarah Edwards (Friends/Moorestown, NJ) added three goals and an assist and Megan Fortunato (Upper Moreland/Hatboro, PA) and Brooke Mulligan (Mt. de Sales/Baltimore, MD) each scored twice to lead the Blue Hens.

Delaware goalkeeper Laurie Tortorelli (Haverford/Havertown, PA) posted 18 saves to pace the UD defense.

The Owls led 6-3 at halftime but the Hens came out red-hot in the second half, scoring the first five goals of the second stanza to take the lead for good at 8-6. O'Connell, who had her third straight multiple-goal game, added two scores in the 5-0 run.

Temple pulled to within 8-7 on a goal by Jen Jefferson with 12:46 left, but O'Connell answered with her third goal just one minute later to keep the Hens in front.