NEWARK, Del. – With its back against the wall, the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team showed their fight.

Unfortunately, the fight wasn’t enough as the Blue Hens’ fourth quarter rally came up just short in a 10-8 loss to a feisty Mercer team on a cold afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

Sophomore Bryce Reid and Charlie Kitchen both had two goals and two assists to pace the offensive attack, while seniors Will Hirschmann and Dean DiSimone added two goals apiece on the afternoon.

Defensively, junior Austin Haynes had five caused turnovers and three groundballs, while classmate Jake Hervada was solid in the X, winning 11 of 18 faceoffs and picking up seven groundballs.

The scoring got started less than a minute into the game when DiSimone, who was named CAA Co-Player of the Week earlier in the day, fired one home to give Delaware a 1-0 lead.

Mercer showed the Blue Hens that it wasn’t going to go easily, scoring back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead after the first quarter.

Reid went to work in the second quarter, scoring two goals, while Delaware’s defense held the Bears at bay to head into halftime at 3-3.

After DiSimone gave the Blue Hens a 4-3 lead five minutes into the second half, the Bears went on the attack, scoring five straight goals to take an 8-4 lead with 11:33 left in the contest.

Both teams would score within 90 seconds of each other as Delaware found itself down 9-5 with 6:05 remaining.

Hirschmann sparked a rally with goals within two minutes of each other to make it 9-7. After a face-off win from freshman Joe Lenskold, the Blue Hens moved the ball around and Kitchen fired one home just eight seconds after Hirschmann’s second goal to make it a one-goal game.

Mercer would hold strong, scoring an insurance goal with 1:27 left to secure the 10-8 victory.

The Blue Hens hit the road for three straight, beginning with a Saturday afternoon tilt at Binghamton.