March 5, 2013

Delaware Beats Lafayette to Snap Losing Skid

from press release

EASTON, Pa. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad moved back into the win column Tuesday afternoon as the Blue Hens overcame an early fourth quarter deficit by scoring four straight goals and moving on to an 11-9 victory over host Lafayette at Fisher Field.

The Hens trailed by a goal just over a minute into the second half, but consecutive scores by Sean Finegan, Alex Martinelli, Connor McRoy, and Eric Smith over the next 11 minutes put Delaware back in front.

Smith, Finegan Nick Diachenko, and Brian Kormondy (at right) each scored two goals as the Blue Hens (2-4) snapped a four-game winless streak and downed the Leopards for the 33rd straight time dating all the way back to 1959.

The former East Coast Conference foes met for the first time since the 1990 season in a game that was moved up a day due to the threat of a winter storm expected to hit the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

Smith, who scored a point for the 24th straight game for Delaware, also dished out two assists on the day while McRoy added an assist and goalkeeper Chris Herbert turned back 11 shots.

Lafayette (2-4) got a game-high five goals from Brian Bock while Sonny Round scored twice and dished out two assists. Goalkeeper Jake Hyatt recorded 15 saves in the nets.

Delaware jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Diachenko and Kormondy in the opening five minutes before Lafayette came right back to tie the game at 2-2.

The Blue Hens then reeled off three straight goals to take a 5-2 lead before Bock tallied twice for the Leopards in a span of three minutes to cut the gap to one. A man-up goal by Finegan with 1:04 left in the first half sent the Hens into intermission up 6-4.

The hosts used a solid third quarter to get back in the game. Kevin Wanke and Round each scored a goal to knot the score at 6-6 but Delaware defender Brandon Worrall answered with his first career goal as Delaware regained the lead. Round’s second goal of the stanza with 2:50 left tied the game at 7-7 heading into the final quarter.

The Leopards took their first lead of the game just 1:15 into the final quarter when Bock tallied his fourth goal of the game to give Lafayette an 8-7 advantage. But that lead would be short-lived as the Blue Hens rallied back in a big way, scoring four straight goals over the next nine minutes to take control.

Finegan got things started with his goal with 12:12 left to tie the score at 8-8 before Martinelli tallied his first career goal four minutes later to put the Hens up for good. McRoy and Smith gave the Hens some insurance as they tallied goals just under two minutes apart for an 11-8 lead with 2:57 remaining.

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