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NEWARK, Del. – For the first time since 2012, the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse are 2-0.

That comes after a stifling defensive effort by the Blue Hens (2-0) in an 11-6 victory over the Highlanders of NJIT (0-4) on a cold Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

“I’m proud of our guys for finding a way today. It wasn’t our best game and we certainly have some things to work on, but there were a lot of guys who did good things today,” Head Coach Ben DeLuca said. “Our defensive effort was great today, led by Matty [DeLuca] and Austin [Haynes]. I was really pleased with our aggressiveness and the way we communicated on the defensive end.”

Matt DeLuca posted his eighth career double-digit save performance of his career with 14 on the day, the third highest single game total of his career. The six goals allowed is the second fewest allowed by the Blue Hens in the past two-plus seasons. Haynes was charged with covering NJIT’s most potent player and limited him to just two goals, while causing two turnovers and picking up four ground balls.

Offensively, senior Will Hirschmann led the way once again, with his second straight hat trick, finishing with three goals and assist on the day. Through the first two games, the Annapolis, Md. native has seven goals and four assists.

Classmate Andrew Romagnoli extended his scoring streak to 21 games with two goals and an assist. The streak is currently the 14th longest active streak in the country.

“I thought our communication defensively was better today,” Matt DeLuca said. “They are a scramble team, so we had to really be tight on our communication and slides and I thought we did a better job of that today than we had been doing.”

Both defenses shined early on with neither team finding the back of the net in the first 10 minutes, despite the Blue Hens firing off nine shots in that stretch.

NJIT got on the board first, but less than five minutes later Hirschmann fired one home to tie things at 1-1 after the first quarter.

Defense continued to be the theme of the game until Kitchen, who assisted on the Blue Hens’ first goal, slid one past the NJIT keeper to make it 2-1.

After the Highlanders responded, Romagnoli sent Delaware into halftime with a 3-2 lead with his third goal of the season.

The Blue Hens would take over in the third quarter with Joe Eisele scoring five minutes into the period to push the lead to 4-2. Hirschmann would score twice in the next three minutes and classmate Dean DiSimone would score 40 seconds later to cap the 4-0 run and extend the Blue Hens’ cushion to 7-2.

NJIT wouldn’t go quietly scoring three straight, but goals from Bryce Reid and Charlie Kitchen would put the game out of reach and ultimately secure the 11-6 victory.

Delaware returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Monmouth for a 12 p.m. showdown on ESPN3.