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NEWARK, Del. --  The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team closed the gap to three goals entering the final period, but No. 17 ranked Navy scored four times to pull away and post an 11-5 victory over the Blue Hens Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

Playing on a beautiful February day in front of a season-high crowd of 1,518, the Blue Hens (1-2) scored the final two goals of the third period to pull to within 7-4 but could never get closer as the Mids (1-2) scored twice in the first five minutes of the final stanza to take control.

Delaware freshman Charlie Kitchen continued his outstanding play for the Blue Hens as he scored twice and dished out an assist to lead the Blue Hens offense. Joe Eisele (at left), Will Hirschmann, and Matt Olbrich also delivered goals for Delaware.
 
Navy, which opened the season with set-backs to nationally-ranked power Johns Hopkins and Maryland, won for the first time this season as Drew Smiley and Greyson Torain each scored three times and dished out an assist and Dave Little scored twice. Navy goalkeeper Ryan Kern was outstanding in the nets with 14 saves.

“We knew coming in that Navy was a really good team even though their record might not indicate it,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “They have an excellent defense. I don’t think this was our best game but what’s good about it is that there are things we know we can get better at. It’s there, we just have to find some consistency to compete in games like this. We walk away disappointed but this team is determined to get better.”

Despite the setback, Navy outshot the Hens by a mere 29-27 margin and the Hens committed one less turnovers (15 to 14) than the Mids. Navy did win 13 of 19 faceoffs and held a strong 30-17 margin in groundballs.  

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Delaware sophomore Andrew Romagnoli entered the game was Delaware’s leading goal-scorer with eight but was held to a single assist
• Kitchen has now scored nine goals in his first three collegiate games

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