Delaware Can't Keep Pace in Second Half, Falls to Penn State 10-6 in CAA Men's Lacrosse
Delaware (6-10, 0-4 CAA) knotted the score at 4-4 in the final two minutes of the second quarter, but Penn State (6-6, 2-2 CAA) scored with just seven seconds left in the opening half to take the lead and then tallied the first three goals of the second half to take control.
The Blue Hens lost their third straight game this season and fell to the Nittany Lions for the fourth straight year in the 25th renewal of the hotly-contested rivalry. Delaware’s post-season hopes took a hit with the loss as the Hens remained winless in league play.
In order to stay alive in the four-team CAA playoff hunt, the Hens need Massachusetts (7-4, 1-2 CAA) to fall to league-leading Hofstra Saturday night. Should UMass lose, Delaware and UMass would square off in the regular season finale this Friday, Apr. 25, at Delaware Stadium with the winner earning the final playoff spot. UMass would clinch the fourth spot with a win over Hofstra Saturday night.
Senior Dan Keane led the Blue Hens in scoring for the fourth straight game as he tallied twice and dished out an assist to raise his recent four-game goal total to 14. Steve DeLargy and Beau Jones each scored a goal and dished out an assist while Jeff Heath and Brian Kormondy also scored. Tyler Barbarich won 11 of 20 faceoffs while goalkeeper Conor Peaks made 12 saves.
Penn State, which won its second straight game, got four goals and two assists from Shane Sturgis while Dan Craig had two goals and two assists, Mike Sutton had a goal and an assist, and TJ Sanders, Tom LaCrosse, and Drake Kreinz also scored. Goalkeeper Austin Kaut made 14 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter to thwart a Delaware comeback.
Jones scored for Delaware just over two minutes into the game, but Penn State answered with three straight goals to take the lead into the second stanza. Goals by Keane, Heath, and Kormondy tied the game at 4-4 with 1:53 left, but PSU’s Craig scored with just seven seconds left to send the Lions up 5-4 at halftime.
Craig, Sturgis, and LaCrosse each scored in the first six minutes of the third stanza to push the Penn State lead to 8-4. DeLargy scored a man-up goal for the Hens with 8:32 left in the third quarter, but the Hens could never get closer.
Despite the loss, Delaware had just one less shot than Penn State (40-39), one less groundballs (29-28) and held an 11-9 advantage on faceoffs. Delaware was hurt by 15 turnovers, including four each in the third and fourth quarters.