Delaware Men's Lacrosse Wins Again On Opening Day, Shuts Down High Point for 10-3 Victory
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad celebrated an Opening Day win once again Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens used a stellar defensive effort led by goalkeeper Conor Peaks on the way to a 10-3 victory over High Point at Delaware Stadium.
The Blue Hens (1-0), who traditionally open the national men's lacrosse schedule each season, did so again Saturday and Peaks was the leader as he recorded a career-high tying 15 saves as Delaware won its 12th straight season opener since 2003.
Junior Jeff Heath and redshirt freshman Steve Delargy led the offense with two goals each and senior Connor McRoy contributed a goal and two assists as the Blue Hens jumped out to a 3-0 and never looked back. Delargy, who played in just three games a year ago and retained his freshman eligibility, is one of 22 freshmen on a squad that ranks among the youngest throughout the NCAA Division I ranks.
“We really focused this week on their (High Point’s) strengths, our guys did a great job preparing, and it paid off,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “This is a group that plays well together, they enjoy each other, and they have developed a good chemistry. Conor (Peaks) did a great job today and our defense created saveable shots that he came through on. We made them battle for every shot they took.”
High Point, a second-year program which went 3-12 a year ago, received goals from Michael LeClair, Dan Lomas, and Brad James with LeClair also dishing out an assist. The Panthers lost their fifth straight game dating back to last season.
Brian Kormondy, Brandon Worrall, Beau Jones (above left), Alex Martinelli, and Chris Colaneri each added goals with Kormondy adding an assist.
Delaware outshot High Point 42-32, won 10 of 17 faceoffs, and forced 19 Panther turnovers. The Hens also successfully killed all five of its penalties and was a perfect 17 of 17 on clears.
The Blue Hens jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and never looked back in posting the win. Kormondy opened the scoring just two minutes into the game, Heath followed 90 seconds later, and Delargy scored his first career goal with 6:17 left in the opening stanza.
High Point finally got on the board on a goal by James just 57 seconds into the second quarter and pulled to within 4-2 on a score by LeClair with 3:55 left in the half before a man-up goal by Delargy and a tally by Martinelli gave the Hens a 6-2 lead at the break. Heath and Jones added goals in the third quarter to up the lead to 8-2.
Delaware will continue action next Saturday when the Hens travel to No. 15 Bucknell for a 5 p.m. start in Lewisburg, Pa.