University of Delaware Men’s Lacrosse Returns to Action Saturday vs. Old CAA Foe Saint Joseph’s
The University of Delaware will once again host Cancer Awareness Day as the Blue Hen men’s lacrosse team faces-off against a disease that has affected so many. A limited number of event t-shirts will be available for sale on gameday and a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Tickets to the game go on sale one hour prior to faceoff.
The Blue Hens (6-6), who have lost four of their last outings, will be looking to bounce back from a 15-9 setback to Ohio State last Sunday. Delaware fought back hard after falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter and 10-2 at halftime but couldn’t complete the comeback despite a career-high five goals from senior attackman Dan Keane.
Saint Joseph’s (8-3), a former Colonial Athletic Association member now with the Northeast Conference, enters with two straight wins, including an historic 9-7 win over No. 12 Bryant last Saturday that kept the Hawks perfect in league play at 4-0. The win was the first victory over a top 20 team in school history and gave them eight wins for the first time since the 2000 campaign. The Hawks have won seven of their last eight games as well.
Delaware has dominated the all-time series and has won all 13 meetings since the first game in 2000. Delaware has won the 13 games by an average margin of 8.4 goals per game and is 5-0 against the Hawks all-time in Newark.
The teams have played three common opponents this season: High Point, Drexel, and Mt. St. Mary’s. Delaware defeated High Point 10-3, fell to Drexel 9-7, and defeated Mt. St. Mary’s 15-5 while Saint Joseph’s fell to High Point 9-7, lost to Drexel 14-10, and defeated Mt. St. Mary’s 10-5.
Delaware is led offensively by Keane (18 goals), Brian Kormondy (15 goals), and Jackson Finigan (6 goals, 12 assists) while Tyler Barbarich and Tyler Mardian have helped the Hens rank No. 11 nationally in faceoff winning percentage. Barbarich ranks 10th nationally with a .630 winning percentage while Mardian has won 56 percent, including capturing 8 of 12 attempts vs. Ohio State.
Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Conor Peaks leads a unit that ranks 21st nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 8.92 goals per game. Peaks ranks No. 16 in the nation in save pct. (.552) and No. 18 in goals against average (8.77).
The Hawks rank second in the nation in man-down defense at .791, are No. 8 in scoring defense, allowing a paltry 7.9 goals per game, and rank No. 11 in caused turnovers (9.1 per game). The unit is led by goalkeeper Dustin Keen, who ranks in the top 10 nationally in both goals against average (No. 6 at 7.61) and save pct. (No. 8 at .572), and Will Farrell (1.73 caused turnovers per game). Offensively, the Hawks are paced by Ryan McGeen (26 goals, 12 assists), Michael Rastivo (13 goals), and Johnny Simanski (12 goals).