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Men’s lacrosse: @UDMensLacrosse tops @NovaLacrosse behind youngsters

Saturday, 1st March 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/1/14
From Press Release

The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad picked up its most significant win of the young season Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens got eight of their goals from freshmen and sophomores and held on for an 11-8 victory over Villanova in Newark.

Delaware (3-2), which won its second straight game, jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the opening quarter and took an 11-6 advantage into the final stanza before holding off the rival Wildcats (1-2).

Freshman Logan Aunon posted his second straight hat trick with three goals, sophomore Connor Frisina (Conestoga) scored twice, and freshman Jackson Finigan had a goal and three assists to lead the UD offensive attack.

Delaware sophomore goalkeeper Conor Peaks collected 16 saves to earn the victory and Tyler Barbarich continued to dominate on faceoffs, winning 17 of 23 draws.

A fourth quarter rally fell just short for the Wildcats, who had begun a comeback bid with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. They capitalized on an extra-man opportunity to close the UD lead to two at 11-9, but the Wildcats couldn’t find the equalizers to send the game into overtime.

The contest marked the 14th overall meeting between the two schools while Villanova still leads in the all-time series at 8-6. Today’s game marked the first win for Delaware over Villanova since the 2012 season; Villanova had previously won four out of the past five meetings with the Blue Hens dating back to 2009.

A strong third quarter for the Blue Hens gave Delaware their biggest lead of the game at 11-6 with 4:04 left to play in the stanza and forced Villanova to come from behind for their third time in as many games. The Wildcats stifled the Delaware offense for just over 19 minutes to bridge the third and fourth quarters and allowed themselves to get back in the game and rally from behind.

Consecutive scores from junior Eric Gartner (Great Valley), sophomore Johnny Gallaway (Middletown, Md.) and sophomore Tim Mulrenan (Glen Ridge, N.J.) closed the Delaware lead at 11-9 with 2:33 left in regulation but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the Delaware lead. Mulrenan notched his score with 30 seconds remaining on two Delaware penalties, but solid goaltending by Peaks solidified the Blue Hen advantage for the victory.

Villanova found itself in familiar territory after giving up three goals to Delaware and coming from behind at 4-1 following the first 15 minutes of action. The Wildcats tied the game at 1-1 with 12:27 remaining in the first quarter before the Blue Hens made the most of their opportunities and notched three unanswered scores from Dan Keane, Jackson Finigan and Brian Kormondy following the first stanza to take a 4-1 lead over the Wildcats.

Villanova mounted a comeback in the second quarter with a three-goal streak of their own with two scores from sophomore Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.0 and freshman Kurtis Naslonski (Randolph, N.J.) in just under five minutes to begin the stanza and tied the game at 4-4, but the Blue Hens fought their way back with another three goals to go up at 7-4 with 2:59 left to play in the half. Senior Kevin O’Neil (Cockeysville, Md.) closed out the quarter with a goal with 32 seconds left to play to cut the lead at 7-5 in favor of the hosts at intermission.

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