Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/3/15
From Press Release
Twelve different University of Delaware players scored goals and Beau Jones (Germantown Academy) accounted for a career-high six points on two goals and four assists as the Blue Hen men’s lacrosse team overwhelmed Holy Cross 18-6 Tuesday morning at frigid Delaware Stadium.
Delaware (3-3), coming off a 10-4 loss at Villanova Saturday, scored that many times in the first quarter alone Tuesday as the Blue Hens jumped out to a 9-2 halftime lead and never looked back in posting its highest scoring total since a season-opening 19-6 win over Detroit in 2012.
Tom Holland notched his third hat trick of the season with a game-high three goals while Paul Major recorded his first career hat trick, and Jones tallied his career-high six points to lead the way.
Other multiple-point producers for the Hens were Brian Kormondy with two goals and an assist, Zach Runberg with a goal and two assists, and Jackson Finigan, Jeff Heath (St. Joseph’s Prep), Will Hirschmann, and Paul Urbank each with a goal and an assist.
Also for the Hens, Brett Anton picked up his third win of the season with seven saves in goal while Tyler Barbarich (9 of 13) and Matt Olbrich (8 of 14) combined to win 17 of 27 faceoffs.
“It was all about execution today, and most importantly it was a great team effort,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “Offensively we did a great job of placing our shots and defensively we didn’t give them many looks, and when we did, Brett Anton was spectacular. He made some point blank saves.”
Holy Cross (2-2), which earlier this season was ranked in the national Top 20 for the first time in school history at the No. 19 position, lost its second straight game after falling to Navy 7-6 on Saturday. Terry McKenna and Clay Haarmann each scored twice for the Crusaders.
Holland scored twice in the first four minutes of the game to stake the Hens to a 2-0 lead in the 32-degree temperatures. Holy Cross cut the lead to 2-1 just 31 seconds later on a goal by Haarmann, but UD then reeled off eight of the game’s next nine goals to take the 9-2 halftime advantage. The Hens later outscored Holy Cross 6-1 over a stretch of 14 minutes in the second half to maintain control.
“Overall, we executed as we planned,” said Jones. “You definitely have to give it to our defense, holding a team to six goals is very impressive. Our offense started clicking, we had points from an ample amount of people, and that’s what our offense is all about. If we keep that execution up I think we can have a bright future moving on.”
• Delaware and Holy Cross met for the first time ever in men’s lacrosse
• The game was originally scheduled to be played at 3 p.m. but game time was moved up to 11 a.m. due to the threat of inclement weather
• The Hens will continue their seven-game homestand Saturday when they host Binghamton at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.
• Kormondy increased his point-scoring streak to 27 straight games over three seasons
• Delaware did not commit a penalty for the first time since an 8-7 win over Towson on Mar. 26, 2011
• First-year Holy Cross head coach Judd Lattimore served as an assistant coach at Delaware during the 2005 NCAA Tournament season