Finigan, Aunon Star in First Career Starts, Lead Delaware to 15-5 Menís Lacrosse Victory Over Mt. St. Maryís
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware freshmen Logan Aunon and Jackson Finigan each celebrated his first career start in a big way Saturday afternoon as the young duo combined for five goals and led the Blue Hens to a 15-5 men’s lacrosse triumph over Mt. St. Mary’s at Delaware Stadium.
Aunon notched a hat trick and Finigan, filling in for injured starter Connor McRoy, scored twice and dished out two assists as Delaware (2-2) emphatically snapped a two-game season losing streak and two straight setbacks to Mt. St. Mary’s. The Hens jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime, led 7-0 late into the third quarter, and held the Mountaineers scoreless until late in the third stanza.
“We have some quality players and it didn’t take much to encourage our guys after last week (an 18-8 loss to Fairfield),” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “Our guys came out and dug hard this week in practice like they have done all season. We did a great job offensively of moving the ball today and we were patient and unselfish. This was definitely a team effort. We’ve known all along about the type of player Logan is. He has unlimited potential and he’s getting more comfortable. He has a huge upside.”
“We had a great week of practice and we came out on fire today,” said Aunon. “Everyone stepped up and we meshed well together as a team. It feels great to score three goals the first time I got out there as a starter.”
Dan Keane scored twice and dished out an assist, Steve DeLargy scored twice, Brian Kormondy (#44 at right) scored a goal and dished out two assists, and Logan’s older brother, Tyler Aunon, contributed a goal and an assist to support Delaware’s balanced effort.
Delaware sophomore goalkeeper Conor Peaks bounced back from last week’s loss to Fairfield as well as he turned back 12 shots and allowed just three goals in nearly 53 minutes of action. The Blue Hen defense also forced 14 Mountaineer turnovers.
The Blue Hens outshot Mt. St. Mary’s by a wide 44-22 margin, held a 31-21 advantage in groundballs, and won 16 of 23 faceoffs as Tyler Barbarich prevailed on 10 of 16 attempts and Tyler Mardian won six times in seven draws. Barbarich also dished out an assist.
Mt. St. Mary’s (0-3), which opened the season with losses to Maryland and Georgetown the last two weeks, remained winless on the season. Mark Hojnoski scored two goals and Matt Yates dished out two assists to lead the effort. The Mountaineers lost their top 10 scorers from last year’s team that averaged over 10 goals per game and had defeated the Hens 15-12 early in the season in Emmitsburg, Md.
The Hens jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime as Finigan scored two minutes into the game for the only score of the opening stanza and Chris Colaneri, Alex Martinelli, Keane, and Logan Aunon all tallied in the second quarter. Aunon’s goal with 1:19 left in the half was assisted by his brother, Tyler.
Delaware then made it 7-0 as Kormondy fed DeLargy on a goal two minutes into the half and then scored himself about five minutes later. Mt. St. Mary’s finally got on the board thanks to a goal by Ryan Lamon with 5:18 left in the third quarter, but the Hens answered with four straight goals to put an end to any threat.
Logan Aunon scored back-to-back goals in that flurry, including the second tally with 2:18 left in the stanza. Barbarich then won the ensuing faceoff and fed Keane for a goal at the 2:12 mark. The two goals scored just six seconds apart marked the fourth fastest consecutive tallies in Delaware history.
Delaware will return to action next Saturday, March 1, when the Blue Hens host Villanova at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.