Balanced Blue Hens Upend Manhattan 12-9 to Post Fourth Straight Victory
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad ran past Manhattan for its fourth straight victory Tuesday afternoon as the Blue Hens got multiple goals from four players on the way to a 12-9 victory at Delaware Stadium.
Delaware (5-2), riding its longest winning streak since the 2010 season, pummeled the Jaspers with 50 shots and committed just eight turnovers on their way to the victory. The upstart Blue Hens have already matched their win total from each of the last two seasons.
Senior midfielder Matt Olbrich recorded his first career hat trick, Joe Eisele scored twice and dished out an assist, Charlie Kitchen scored two goals to extend a school-record, and Will Hirschmann (at left) tallied twice to lead a balanced UD effort that saw nine different players score a point.
On the defensive end, the Blue Hens forced a season-high 19 turnovers with senior co-captain Brian Pickup causing three of them while also delivered his first career goal.
Delaware freshman goalkeeper Matt DeLuca remained undefeated in four starts in the nets with nine saves.
“You always walk away happy with a win,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who picked up career victory No. 332. “This was not the sharpest game we’ve had this season but our guys grinded it out and we got the W and that is the important thing. I thought the key today was that we did a great job defensively, swarming, double-teaming, and getting the transition game going out of that. We did a nice job of creating turnovers today and I was particularly pleased with the play of Olbrich, Pickup, and Alex Brunner (three groundballs).”
Manhattan (2-4), which lost its second straight game, got two goals from Brandon Grinnell and 16 saves from goalkeeper Michael Zingaro. Delaware held the Jaspers’ leading scorer - Parker Giarratana (15 goals) to just a single goal and an assist.
Delaware scored the first three goals of the game before Manhattan scored three straight of its own to knot the score at 3-3 early in the second quarter. But the Hens answered with another three-goal run to take the lead for good and build a 6-4 advantage at the break. Manhattan pulled to within two goals three different times in the second half but the Hens answered every rally.
• Delaware is now 7-0 all-time vs. Manhattan and has downed the Jaspers each of the last four seasons
• Kitchen continued to build on his UD freshman record as he now has at least two points in each of his first seven career games
• Delaware’s Andrew Romagnoli, this week’s Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, was held to just one goal but has still scored a point in 11 straight games
• The Hens continue their four-game homestand Saturday when they host Binghamton at 3 p.m. in the second game of a women’s/men’s home doubleheader at Delaware Stadium. The UD women host Virginia Tech at 12 noon in the opener.
• Delaware has now gone two straight games with less than 10 turnovers, the first time that has happened since turnovers became an official statistic beginning in 2004
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