Local roundup: Drexel nips Hens in OT in CAA women’s semifinals, UD wins in women’s lax

Fifth-seeded Delaware had a chance to knock off top-seeded Drexel Friday afternoon in the CAA semifinals, but in the end the Dragons outlasted the Blue Hens, 58-53, in overtime at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

The Hens (19-12) led for nearly 32 minutes, but Drexel (26-6) was able to chip away and force overtime by knocking down one of two free throws with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Dragons never trailed in the extra stanza and advance to play No. 3 Elon in Saturday’s championship final.

Sophomore Samone DeFreese logged her sixth double-double of the season with a game-high 17 points and team-best 10 rebounds in 45 minutes of action.

Classmate Abby Gonzales added 14 points and three steals while junior Nicole Enabosi posted 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

Drexel saw four players in double figures and were led by Bailey Greenberg’s 13 points.

“This was obviously not the outcome we wanted, but it was absolutely the fight I want to see,” said UD coach Natasha Adair. “I could not be more pleased with our effort, will, fight and de-termination against a very good Drexel squad. This team made the University of Delaware very proud today. There were some things throughout the game that we obviously wish we could change, but down the stretch turnovers killed us.

“The ultimate goal is to get the win, but I’m not going to walk out of here with my head down and my players won’t either. But right now, we’re hurting because we were so close. And close isn’t enough. We don’t celebrate moral victories. I am very proud of this team.”

College baseball

Monmouth 15, Delaware 2: Delaware (6-5) received a pair of hits from centerfielder Kevin Mo-hollen who was on-base three times on the afternoon. Delaware scored a run in the first inning when second baseman Erik Bowren drove in Mohollen. The Hens added a run in the sixth on a Vinny Vaccone RBI double.

Starter Nick Spadafino (0-3) took the loss for the Hens, who saw a four game winning streak snapped.

A pair of freshman made their Delaware debuts, as Matt Ryan and Joey Haass both entered from the bullpen.

Women’s lacrosse

Delaware 16, Canisius 9: Christine Long scored six goals as the Hens earned a road victory on Friday.

Mia DeRuggiero added nine assists. Canisius led 9-7 before a six-goal run gave Delaware a 13-7 lead.

College soccer

UD’s Scheer accepts job with Union: For the past 11 seasons, Jon Scheer’s name has been synonymous with Delaware soccer. A four-year standout for the Blue Hens from 2007-10, Scheer has served his college coach Ian Hennessy for the past seven-plus seasons as an assistant.

A 2010 Colonial Athletic Association honoree, Scheer has accepted a position with the Philadel-phia Union Academy, where he will serve as the Director of Talent Identification for the Union affiliate.

Under the tutelage of both Hennessy and Scheer, the Blue Hens have won at least 10 games in five of the seven seasons, advancing to the CAA finals four times and the NCAA Tournament three times.

A national search for Scheer’s replacement is underway. The Blue Hens have opened spring prac-tice and will return three All-CAA performers from a season ago including first-team selection John Schroeder.

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