University of Delaware Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Towson 13-8 After Late Surge by Tigers
March 24, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
TOWSON, Md. -- The University of Delaware fought back to pull within striking distance midway through the fourth quarter, but host Towson reeled off the final three goals of the game to take control and down the Blue Hens 13-8 in Colonial Athletic Association men’s lacrosse action Saturday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Delaware senior midfielder Nick Diachenko (at right) scored a season-high three goals, Beau Jones scored his first two career goals, and Grant Kaleikau scored a goal and dished out two assists but the Blue Hens (3-6, 0-2 CAA) never held the lead and dropped their third straight game.
Towson (5-3, 1-0 CAA), which won its second straight game and snapped a personal two-game losing streak to the two-time defending CAA champion Blue Hens, got two goals and two assists from Thomas DeNapoli while Sean Maguire, Andrew Hodgson, and Matt Lamon each contributed two goals and an assist and Robby Zoppo chipped in with two goals.
The Blue Hens will look to regain their winning ways and post their first conference win of the season this coming Saturday when they host league foe Drexel at Delaware Stadium.
Tyler Barbarich and John Austin added goals for the Hens while John Mills and Mark Yetter contributed assists. Delaware used three goalkeepers on the night with starter Chris Herbert registering nine saves in the first half.
After trailing the entire game, the Blue Hens fought back and pulled to within 10-8 with 8:30 left to play after consecutive goals from Diachenko and Jones. But Towson answered right back to pull away as DeNapoli scored with 6:56 left and then tallied again with 5:15 remaining. Another goal by Hodgson with 4:36 left to play iced the victory for the Tigers.
Towson scored the first three goals of the game before the Hens recovered and used two goals by Diachenko and one by Austin to cut the gap to a single goal after one period. A goal by Jones with 7:54 left in the first half helped pull UD to within 5-4, but Towson scored the final two goals of the half to take a 7-4 lead into the break.
A goal by Barbarich narrowed the gap to 7-5 early in the second half but Towson answered with two straight goals and led by at least three goals before Delaware made its final run that fell short.