#17 Blue Hen Men's Lacrosse Off to Another 2-0 Start, Storm Past Presbyterian for 19-4 Victory
February 12, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Chris Permar
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware stormed out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, getting hat tricks from three different players on the way to a 19-4 non-league men's lacrosse victory over Presbyterian at wind-blown Delaware Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Senior John Austin and junior Eric Smith each scored three goals and dished out two assists and sophomore Sean Finegan (top right) also scored three times as the No. 17 ranked Blue Hens got scoring from 11 different players and improved to 2-0 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. It was the first career hat trick for each of the three Blue Hen players.
Sophomore Nick Diachenko and freshman Dan Keane (bottom left) each added two goals apiece and Carter Bloor scored a goal and assisted on two others for the Hens, who posted their most lopsided victory since a 20-5 win over Robert Morris on Apr. 19, 2008. The 19 goals marked the second highest total by any team in the 22 games played at Delaware Stadium, which became the Hens’ full-time home last season but has hosted lacrosse games since 1984.
Short-handed Presbyterian (0-1), which will move to full-time NCAA Division I classification next season, got two goals from Andrew Athens and one each from Imari Davis and Derek Malone. The Red Hose, coming off a 1-9 record a year ago, lost their ninth straight game as just 15 players saw action during the contest.
The game marked the first contest ever between the two schools in any sport. The teams were scheduled to face each other last season but the game was cancelled due to weather conditions.
Delaware, the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion and a 2010 NCAA Tournament participant, dominated the action in every faze of the game, outshooting the Blue Hose 56-15, holding a 56-24 advantage in groundballs, and winning 23 of the 27 faceoffs. Blue Hen faceoff specialist Dan Cooney won 17 of his 19 attempts before giving way to Jackson Keeler (5-0) and Mike Brailovsky (1-2) at the x. Cooney and Keeler, son of Delaware football head coach K.C. Keeler, each dished out an assist as well.
Delaware also got goals from Kevin Kaminski, Anthony Ruiz, Connor McRoy, John Mills, and Brendan Gilson. The goals were the first career scores for McRoy, Mills, and Gilson.
The Blue Hens jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and built the advantage to 12-3 at the half and never looked back. Austin scored just 1:17 into the game for Delaware and Bloor followed less than three minutes later for a 2-0 lead before Presbyterian got on the board on a goal by Athens at the 8:13 mark.
But Delaware scored the final three goals of the stanza and Finegan scored twice in a span of 61 seconds to start the second quarter to push the lead to 8-1. Athens and Davis answered with goals for Presbyterian just 44 seconds apart to narrow the gap to 8-3, but UD scored four times in the final seven minutes of the stanza to take the 12-3 lead at the break.
Mills, Finegan, and Diachenko extended the Hens’ goal-scoring streak to seven straight to push the lead to 15-3 and Delaware outscored the Blue Hose 4-0 during the final stanza.
Delaware will return to action next Saturday, Feb. 19, when the Hens host Marist at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.