Big Days from Keane and Jones Help Delaware Snap Losing Streak with 10-5 Menís Lacrosse Win at Manhattan
RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Senior Dan Keane matched a career-high by scoring four goals and junior Beau Jones dished out a career-high five assists as the University of Delaware men's lacrosse team posted a 10-5 non-league victory over host Manhattan Tuesday at Gaelic Field.
Delaware (6-5) put an end to a three-game losing streak as the Hens jumped out to a 6-2 lead at halftime and put the game away by outscoring the Jaspers 3-0 in the final stanza to go home winners.
The Blue Hens are now 4-0 all-time against Manhattan, which fell to 2-8 on the season with the loss. The Jaspers were coming off a 14-13 road win at Marist on Saturday while the Hens bounced back from a 9-7 home setback to Drexel on Saturday.
Keane recorded his fifth career hat trick while Jones, coming off a career-best three goals in the setback to Drexel, assisted on five goals. The five assists were the most by a Delaware player since Grant Kaleikau had five vs. Bucknell in 2012.
"The team was excited to get the win today," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. "As a team, we had a good effort managing the game. When Manhattan made a run, we kept our composure and kept working hard to increase our lead. We were excited to see Dan Keane with four goals and Beau Jones with five assists and we continued to get a great effort from Tyler Barbarich on faceoffs."
Barbarich, one of the national leaders in faceoff winning pct., won 13 of 17 draws on the day, including going a perfect 9 for 9 in the opening half. Delaware goalkeeper Conor Peaks earned the win with seven saves while Brian Kormondy added two goals and Tom Holland pitched in with a goal and an assist. Jeff Heath, Paul Major, and Charles Schreck also tallied for the Hens while Steve DeLargy dished out an assist.
Andrew Hurst led Manhattan with two goals and an assist while Patrick Hodapp had a goal and an assist. Marcel Godino and Brett Madarasz also scored goals for Manhattan.
Delaware enjoyed big advantage in almost every statistical category as the Hens outshot Manhattan 44-24, held a 38-26 advantage in groundballs, won 13 of 17 faceoffs, and had two fewer turnovers.
Keane scored twice in the opening stanza to help the Hens jump out to a 3-2 lead and Delaware then extended the margin to 6-2 at the break as Holland, Heath, and Keane all scored in the second stanza. Keane’s fourth goal just over four minutes into the second half pushed the lead to 7-2, but the Jaspers responded with three straight goals to cut the UD lead to 7-5 after three quarters.
But Delaware clamped down in the final quarter to pick up the victory as Schreck, Kormondy, and Major all scored in the final 5:37 to preserve the win.
Delaware will return to action Sunday when the Hens host Ohio State at 12 noon at Delaware Stadium. Delaware will honor members of the 1984 NCAA Tournament team at halftime.