Penalties Plague Delaware as Win Streak Falls in 13-9 Setback to Binghamton
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad had its four-game win streak snapped on a frigid day Saturday afternoon as Binghamton converted four man-up goals and committed just six turnovers on the way to downing the Blue Hens 13-9 at Delaware Stadium.
The Blue Hens (5-3), whose win streak was its longest since 2010, fell behind in the third quarter but battled back and cut the lead to 8-7 heading into the final stanza. The Bearcats (4-1), who won their second straight, promptly scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to take control and move on to the win.
Delaware senior Trupert Ortlieb notched his third hat trick of the season with three goals while freshman Charlie Kitchen scored twice and dished out an assist, Joe Eisele added two scores, and Will Hirschmann netted one goal and assisted on three others. The game was played under frigid temperatures and gusty winds with a wind chill of 20 degrees at game time.
The Hens held big advantages in shots (41-27), groundballs (33-18), and faceoffs (16-9) but Binghamton was efficient, scoring 13 goals on 27 shots, converting on four of five extra-man opportunities, and committing just six turnovers, tied for the lowest amount forced by Delaware this year. Tom Moore led the Bearcats with four goals and three assists.
“We are disappointed in how we played today,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “Give a lot of credit to Binghamton, they played hard and physical. We made a lot of mistakes and gave more opportunities to them and they took care of those opportunities. We need to come out and get better next week.”
Binghamton jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one quarter but the Hens rallied back in the second quarter as Ortlieb scored twice, the second time with 24 seconds left to send the game into halftime tied 4-4. The Bearcats scored the first three goals of the second half, two on extra-man situations, to take a three-goal lead before a tally by UD’s Kitchen with nine seconds left in the third period cut the margin to 8-7.
But Binghamton scored four times in the first seven minutes of the final quarter, including one on a man-up opportunity, to take control and hold on for the win.
• Delaware entered the game averaging 12.4 goals per game and had a streak of four straight games with 10+ goals snapped, its longest streak since 2010-11
• Blue Hen sophomore Andrew Romagnoli scored a third quarter goal to extend his point-scoring streak to 12 straight games
• Kitchen has scored at least two points in every game this season, extending his UD freshman record
• The Hens have now committed 10 or less turnovers in three straight games
• Hens continue their four-game homestand next Saturday, March 18, when Delaware hosts Saint Joseph’s at 1 p.m.
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