NEWARK, Del. – For most of the first half, the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team gave the top-ranked Seawolves of Stony Brook University all they could handle.

Sophomore Sydney Rausa posted her third straight hat trick and senior Taylor Carpentier tallied her sixth straight game with double-digit saves, but a strong second half allowed the Seawolves to come away with a 20-8 victory on a cold night at Delaware Stadium.

“One of our goals coming off the Canisius game was to continue to battle. We showed in that game that we could battle and separate and we wanted to build on that and really show we can battle and I thought we did a good job of that tonight,” Head Coach Kateri Linville said. “Stony Brook is clearly an incredibly talented opponent, but I thought our game plan really allowed us to compete with them from the start, but they had the big run at the end of the first half, that they were able to carry into the second half.”

Offensively, Rausa registered her fourth hat trick of the year with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Sarah Bedard had a multi-goal night with two on the night. After a record-breaking nine assist performance against Canisius, Mia DeRuggiero kept being the catalyst for the Blue Hen offense, dishing out four more assists in the contest.

Senior Becky Gohsler had a strong start to the game, helping the Blue Hens win six of the first nine draw controls, while Carpentier finished the night with 14 saves.

“Our conference has really shown that we can compete against some of the best in the country and games like tonight will help us prepare, not only physically, but mentally, for what the conference season will bring at us in a few weeks,” Linville added.

Delaware grabbed momentum early, getting goals from Gohsler and Christine Long in the first five minutes to take a 2-0 lead.

Stony Brook would get a goal back, but Rausa’s first goal of the game pushed Delaware’s lead back to two at 3-1.

The Seawolves scored three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead, but the Blue Hens showed their fight with three straight goals of their own, the final two by Rausa to claim a 6-4 advantage with five minutes to play in the first half.

Momentum shifted when the Seawolves, who boasts one of the most prolific offenses in the country, scored five straight goals to end the half and scored the first four of the second half to grab a 13-6 lead.

Once again, Delaware would battle, scoring two straight to make it 13-8 with 20 minutes top play, but Stony Brook held on for their sixth straight win to start the 2018 season.

Delaware hits the road for a second straight showdown with a nationally-ranked opponent, facing off against #17 Virginia Tech. Game time on Sunday in Blacksburg is set for 3 p.m. at the Hokies Indoor Facility.