Delaware Men's Lacrosse Falls in Another Heartbreaker, Drops 15-12 Decision to Mt. St. Mary's
February 23, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
EMMITSBURG, Md. -- The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad rallied back with five straight goals in the third quarter to tie the game and still held a share of the lead midway through the final quarter, but host Mt. St. Mary’s tallied four straight goals of its own and held on to hand the Blue Hens a tough 15-12 defeat at Waldon Family Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Delaware (1-3) suffered its third straight setback in a heart-breaking stretch that has seen the Blue Hens hold a share of the lead late in each game, including a last-second 9-8 loss to defending national champion and top-ranked Loyola last week.
Blue Hen senior midfielder Nick Diachenko (at right) was nearly unstoppable as he exploded for a career-high five goals, including two during the stretch in the third quarter when the Hens scored five straight goals to tie the game at 9-9 with 3:13 left in the stanza. The hat trick was Diachenko’s fifth of his career.
Connor McRoy added two goals and two assists for the Blue Hens while Brian Kormandy (below left) scored twice, Eric Smith added a goal and two assists, and Sean Finegan and Danny Keane each contributed a goal. Smith extended his scoring streak to 22 straight games since 2011.
Mt. St. Mary’s (2-1), which received votes in this week’s USILA Top 20 poll, got four goals each from Cody Lehrer and Brett Schmidt while Andrew Scalley picked up nine points on three goals and six assists. Mt. St. Mary’s features one of the nation’s top offensive attacks as Scalley, Lehrer, and Schmidt all rank among the top 15 active career goal-scorers in NCAA Division I.
Delaware, which outshot the Mount 43-35 and held a 27-26 advantage in groundballs, lost for just the second time in 13 meetings with Mt. St. Mary’s and fell in Emmitsburg for the first time in four trips. The Blue Hens, who feature one of the youngest teams in the nation, continued to play without two of its top players in injured midfielders Dom Sebastiani and Garrett Johnson.
Diachenko scored three of his goals in the opening stanza but the Mountaineers used four straight goals to take a 6-4 lead after the first quarter and went into intermission up 7-4 as Scalley tallied the only goal of the stanza with 1:17 left before halftime.
Mt. St. Mary’s extended the lead to 9-4 thanks to two early third quarter goals, but the Blue Hens mounted a spirited comeback, scoring five straight goals in a span of just over nine minutes to tie the game heading into the final stanza. Diachenko and Kormandy each scored twice during the streak with Kormandy’s goal with just six seconds left knotting the score at 9-9.
The Mount regained the lead on a goal by Lehrer three minutes into the final quarter, but McRoy answered for the Hens at the 8:06 mark to tie the game again at 10-10. But that would be the last lead the Blue Hens would see as the host team reeled off four straight goals by four different players to take a 14-10 with 1:48 left.
Smith broke the string with a man-up goal off a Diachenko feed with 1:30 left for the Hens, but that was as close as they would get as Daniel Stranix scored for Mt. St. Mary’s 32 seconds later to end a further UD comeback.
Delaware will return to action next Saturday, March 2 , when the Hens head to Villanova for a non-league matchup at 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.
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