Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/17/13
The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad knew coming in that goals might be hard to come by in its Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday at Delaware Stadium.
Unfortunately for the Blue Hens, Hofstra’s vaunted defense was on the mark and held Delaware’s defense to just two goals through the first three quarters on its way to a 10-5 victory.
The No. 10 ranked Pride (5-1, 1-0 CAA), coming off an 8-7 win a week ago over No. 2 ranked Notre Dame, won its fourth straight game behind a 14-save effort from goalkeeper Chris Selva and four goals from Adrian Sorichetti.
Delaware (2-6, 0-1 CAA), which lost its second straight game, got two goals from Beau Jones while Ian Robertson (Duke’s L.C.) had a goal and an assist and Connor Frisina (Conestoga) and Tom Holland also tallied goals.
Hofstra, which entered the game leading all NCAA Division I teams in scoring defense at just 6.6 goals allowed per game, held Delaware’s top three goal-scorers, Nick Diachenko, Eric Smith, and Connor McRoy, without a point. Delaware’s five goals was a season-low and its lowest output since a 13-5 setback to Hofstra last March 17.
Hofstra senior defenseman Mark Mullen (Germantown Academy) continued to dominate with three groundballs and a caused turnover.
The Hens did dominate at the faceoff circle as sophomore Tyler Barbarich (Twist lacrosse) won 14 of 18 draws and scooped up 10 groundballs. Chris Herbert posted eight saves in the nets. Delaware held a 35-23 advantage in groundballs while Hofstra held a slim 31-29 margin in shots. The Hens could not manage a goal in six extra man opportunities.
Sorichetti also dished out an assist for the Pride while Brian von Bargen and Mike Malave each scored twice and Sam Llinares had a goal and dished out an assist.
Delaware jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first four minutes as Jones scored on the Hens’ first possession and Robertson scored off a feed from Dom Sebastiani (Moorestown) with 11:13 left in the opening quarter. Sebastiani, a fifth-year senior and Delaware’s Tewaaraton Trophy National Player of the Year candidate, was seeing his first action of the season after missing the first seven games with an injury.
Bucknell 13, Lafayette 6
Jackson Place (Episcopal Academy) had a caused turnover to lead the defense as the Bison claimed the Patriot League game.
The Bison used a 6-1 fourth quarter to pull away from the upset-minded Leopards on Saturday evening.
Bucknell improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards dropped to 2-6 and 0-2 in the League.
Freshman Kevin Wanke led the Leopards with two goals, while classmate Morgan Westby (Episcopal Academy) and sophomore Sonny Round each chipped in with a goal and two assists. Freshman Mac Gallagher (Shipley school) and senior Anthony Zawadzki both netted goals for the Leopards.