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Men’s D1 roundup: Delaware rolls, Drexel falls in OT

Sunday, 17th February 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/17/19
From Press Releases

If you’re a believer of the old adage that “defense wins championships” than the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team looks to be in good shape for 2019.

The Blue Hens defensive unit shutout NJIT in the first half and limited them to just four goals in a 12-4 victory on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The 11 goals allowed this year is the second fewest allowed through the first two games in the past 10 years at Delaware.

This marks the first time in seven years (2010-11/2011-12) that the Blue Hens have started 2-0 in back-to-back seasons.

“I was really pleased our defensive effort today. I thought we really locked in and made them work for every possession. It was really a good unit effort from them. And of course, having Matt DeLuca in goal for us is always a difference maker,” head coach Ben DeLuca said.

Senior Austin Haynes (Moorestown, NJ) was outstanding, racking up a school record seven caused turnovers on the day, in addition to grabbing five groundballs. As a unit, the defense had 13 caused turnovers on the afternoon.

Matt DeLuca was once again terrific in goal, racking up 17 saves, the second-highest single game total of his career. He now has 16 double-digit save performances in 29 career games played.

Offensively, Dean DiSimone (St. Augustine Prep, NJ) picked up his sixth career hat trick, leading the way with three goals and an assist on the afternoon. Junior Charlie Kitchen (St. Augustine Prep, NJ) logged two goals and an assist to reach 100 career points. He is the fifth fastest in program history to reach the accomplishment.

High Point 15, Drexel 14, OT

Jimmeh Koita won 21-of-32 faceoffs and Reid Bowering led the Dragons (0-1) with three goals, while Marshal King assisted on four goals and scored two himself.

Tied after 60 minutes, High Point prevailed in overtime with 41 seconds on the clock when Koby Russell scored with an assist from Asher Nolting to give the No. 16/13 Panthers a 3-0 mark.

Richmond 13, Bucknell 11

Despite hat tricks by Matthew Barkauskas and Tommy Sopko (Conestoga), and 14 saves by Christian Klipstein, the Bison was edged by Richmond.

Defenseman Ray Baran (Malvern Prep) led the Spiders with four groundballs and one caused turnover.

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