University of Delaware Menís Lacrosse Aims to Extend Win Streak, Heads to Hofstra for CAA Opener Saturday
The game will begin at 3 p.m. at Shuart Stadium. Links to live stats and video are available on the University of Delaware athletics website www.bluehens.com on the men’s lacrosse schedule page.
Delaware (5-2) enters the game riding a four-game win streak, including a thrilling 10-9 win at Binghamton last Saturday when the Hens scored the game-winner on a goal by Brian Kormondy with just one second left. The win streak is the longest for the Hens since the NCAA Tournament season when the Hens won five straight late in the season.
The Blue Hens earned votes in this week’s Warrior Media Top 20 poll and in the Lacrosse Magazine Top 20 poll.
Hofstra (3-2) has also put together a nice win streak as the Pride enters having won three straight games, including wins of 9-7 over Fairfield, 9-8 over Georgetown in overtime, and most recently 7-5 over Ohio State. All five of Hofstra’s games this season have been decided by two goals or less. The Pride is also earning votes in the USILA Media Top 20 poll and is ranked No. 17 by Lacrosse Magazine and No. 18 by Warrior.
Delaware is led offensively by Kormondy (10 goals) and freshman Logan Aunon (10 goals) and defensively by James Connelly and goalkeeper Conor Peaks (7.71 GAA, .603 save percentage). Junior Tyler Barbarich leads the country in faceoffs, winning 69.5 percent of his draws, and ranks 24th in groundballs with 6.2 per game. Peaks ranks No. 7 nationally in save percentage.
As a team, Delaware ranks No. 3 in faceoffs, No. 5 in man-down defense (.800), and No. 11 in scoring defense (8.00 goals allowed per game).
Hofstra is led by Sam Llnares (10 goals and 10 assists) and Torin Varn (seven goals) while goalkeeper Chris Selva has allowed 8.50 goals per game and posted a .517 save percentage. The Pride rank No. 10 in turnovers (12.8 per game) and No. 18 in scoring defense (8.60 goals allowed per game).
Delaware is looking to snap a two-game losing streak to Hofstra, including a 10-5 setback last year at Delaware Stadium and a 13-5 loss at Hofstra in 2012. The Hens swept the Pride in 2011, winning 7-6 at home and 10-9 in the CAA semifinals.