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Gilbert Hits Century Mark as No. 6 Denver Downs Delaware, 13-6


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History { element.remove(); }); } else{ let elementsToRemove = document.querySelectorAll(‘.postgame_3_nextgame’); elementsToRemove.forEach(element => { element.remove(); }); } ]]> DENVER – The No. 6 University of Denver women’s lacrosse program continued its best start to a season in program history on Monday afternoon, improving to 8-0 on the campaign with a 13-6 victory over Delaware at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Inside the Box Score:
Julia Gilbert became the 18th Pioneer in program history to score 100 career goals, doing so on her second of three in the opening 30 minutes. Gilbert’s hat trick was her fifth of the season and the 21st of her career.
Denver had nine different goal scorers in the win, also getting multi-goal games from Raegan Wilson and Sloane Kipp.
Abby Jenkins led Denver in the draw circle with a career-high 15, tied for the second-most draws in a game in the program’s Division I history. Denver led the category 18-5 overall.
The Pioneers defense, which allowed just 10 Delaware shots on goal on Monday, was led by four caused turnovers apiece from Bryn McCaughey and Sam Thacker. Thacker also picked up a team-high four ground balls. Trinity McPherson added two caused turnovers and three ground balls, and Anna Palmisano rounded out the multiple CT days for the Pioneers with two of her own.  
First Quarter:
A first half of runs saw Denver score on its first five offensive possessions of the game to race out to a quick 5-0 lead 5:49 into the contest. Gilbert’s first of the day and 18th of the year got Denver on the board 56 seconds in. Ryan Dineen cashed in her sixth of the campaign, followed by Sloane Kipp’s third of the year to make it 3-0. Wilson closed out the run with back-to-back goals 2:30 apart to make it 5-0 Denver with 9:11 to play.
Delaware scored the next three, including the final of the quarter with 5:12 to go.
Second Quarter:
The Blue Hens got back-to-back tallies to begin the second and cut Denver’s lead to 5-3 with 6:23 to go in the half. Denver ended the half how it started it, on a 5-0 run in the final 5:12 to send Denver in the locker room with a 10-3 advantage.
Mollie Estepp started the run with her ninth of the season, followed by Gilbert’s century-mark goal 35 seconds later. Bryn McCaughey got a caused turnover on one end, and scored her second career goal on the other to make it 8-3 Pios with 3:47 to play.
Gilbert’s hat-trick goal from the free position arc with two minutes to play made it 9-3 and Caroline Colimore’s third of the season closed out the first-half scoring with 13 seconds to go.
Third Quarter:
Trinity McPherson’s second goal of the season from the free-position arc opened the second half scoring with 9:56 to play. Delaware got its first goal in nearly a full quarter two minutes later to end Denver’s 6-0 run.
Kipp’s second of the day on a quick-restart feed from Estepp behind the cage rounded out the third-quarter scoring to take Denver into the final quarter with an eight-goal advantage.
Fourth Quarter:
Sydni Rosa got Delaware on the board first to start the fourth, cancelled out later by Addy Caulk’s second career goal with 3:09 to play. Delaware got one more on its next possession, but Denver held on to the seven-goal win.
Victoria Macres came off the bench for Denver and made three saves in the final stanza.  
UP NEXT: The Pioneers will hit the road again for two in the Sunshine State. Denver will take on No. 4 Boston College in a neutral site game in Jacksonville on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT, before turning around and playing the host and 19th-ranked Dolphins on Wednesday, March 22 at 11 a.m. MT.   

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