Upset Bid Falls Short for Blue Hens as Delaware Edged by #4/3 Hofstra 11-9 in CAA Battle
But the upset bid fell just short as the Blue Hens pulled to within one goal early in the fourth but could not complete the comeback and dropped an 11-9 Colonial Athletic Association decision to still unbeaten and No. 4/3 ranked Hofstra. Last month, the Hens knocked off No. 1 ranked Rutgers 13-9 at Delaware Stadium.
Delaware got three goals each from senior Steve DeLargy and sophomore Andrew Romagnoli (at left) and freshman Crosby Matthews won 15 of 22 faceoffs, but it wasn’t enough as the Hens (7-4, 0-2 CAA) lost their second straight.
Hofstra (10-0, 2-0 CAA), the only remaining unbeaten team in the nation at the NCAA Division I level, continued its best start in school history as Josh Byrne scored four times and dished out an assist and Jimmy Yanes netted three goals and added an assist.
The statistics were nearly identical as Hofstra held slim advantages in both shots (32-31) and groundballs (29-27) and had four less turnovers (13-9) than the Blue Hens. The game was played under constant heavy winds.
“Our guys battled all four quarters, all the way down to the end,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who will retire at the end of this season after 39 years at the helm of the Blue Hens. “Hofstra is an excellent team, really manages the game well, and has some sharpshooters. The effort was certainly there and hopefully we can build on this, rev things up, and win a couple of conference games and get into the tournament.”
Hofstra jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and never trailed the entire game but the Blue Hens were at their heels the entire game. The Pride took a 6-2 halftime lead and went up 7-2 early in the second half, but an inspired Delaware crept back in the game.
DeLargy, Romagnoli, and senior Paul Major each scored goals in the third quarter to cut the lead to 8-5 and the Hens pulled to within one at 8-7 with 12:27 left in the final stanza as Will Hirschmann scored a man-up goa 33 seconds in and Romagnoli netted an unassisted goal just two minutes later.
But the Hens could never get closer as the Pride ran off three straight goals, two by Byrne, to take control at 11-7. Romagnoli and DeLargy each scored again in the final 1:51 of action but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.
• Delaware honored its 14 seniors prior to the game. The group includes DeLargy, Parker Ferrigan, co-captain Jackson Finigan, Hirschmann, Major, Matt Olbrich, Trupert Ortlieb, Phil Pena, co-captain Brian Pickup, co-captain Carson Scott, Anthony Sebastiani, Dan Simonetti, Sam Walsh, and Gavin Weaver
• Romagnoli has scored a point in 16 straight games and has scored three or more goals in a game seven times in 2017
• Delaware freshman Charlie Kitchen was held without a point for the first time in 12 games this season. He had scored at least two points in all previous 11 games
• Hofstra has now defeated the Blue Hens seven straight times since Delaware’s last win in the 2011 CAA Tournament
• Of Hofstra’s 10 wins this season, seven have come by two goals or less
• Delaware will close out the regular season home schedule next Saturday, Apr. 15, vs. Towson at 7 p.m. in a game that will include a pre-game tribute to Shillinglaw
Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists)
Hofstra - Josh Byrne, 4-1; Jimmy Yanes, 3-1; Alex Moeser, 2-1; Ryan Tierney, 1-2; Luke Gomez, 1-0; Dylan Alderman, 0-1; Kyle Gallagher, 0-1; Brenden Lynch, 0-1.
Delaware - Steve DeLargy, 3-1; Andrew Romagnoli, 3-0; Will Hirschmann, 1-1; Joe Eisele, 1-0; Paul Major, 1-0; Campbell Parker, 0-1.
Shots: H - 32, D - 31; Groundballs: H - 29, D - 27; Saves: H - 9 (Jack Concannon), D - 7 (Matt DeLuca); Faceoffs: H - 8, D- 15; Turnovers: H - 9, D - 13; Clears: H - 16 of 18, D - 12 of 13; Penalties: H - 3 for 2:30, D - 4 for 3:30; Extra Man Goals: H - 0 for 3, D - 1 for 2; Attendance: 934.
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