April 7, 2012

Delaware Hands Michigan Loss at Big House

from press release

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Delaware dominated virtually every statistical category and led from start to finish on the way to an 11-7 non-league men's lacrosse victory over the University of Michigan Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.

Playing at the 107,000-seat "Big House", one of the nation's most famous athletics facilities, the Blue Hens (4-7) broke out of a recent slump in a big way as they snapped a four-game losing streak behind multiple goal efforts from junior Nick Diachenko, senior Grant Kaleikau, senior Andrew Tanneberger, and sophomore Danny Keane.

Michigan, a first-year program, dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 1-10 on the season. Trevor Yealy led the Wolverines with three goals while David McCormack tallied two goals in a losing effort.

Delaware, which picked up its first win since a 13-9 victory over then No. 8 ranked Villanova back on March 3, jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 5-1 and never looked back in posting the victory. After the Wolverines pulled to within two goals late in the third quarter, Delaware, led by Diachenko, reeled off the next four goals to put the game away.

Diachenko, who scored all of his goals in the final 17 minutes of action, recorded his second hat trick in the last three games and his fourth career hat trick to lead the way for the Hens. Kaleikau, one of the nation's leaders in assists, extended his point-scoring streak to 14 straight games dating back to last season while Keane tallied for the first time since the Villanova win. John Austin added a goal and an assist while Brian Kormandy scored a goal and Carter Bloor dished out two assists.

Delaware held the edge in almost every statistical category, outshooting the Wolverines 44-23, holding a 39-22 advantage in groundballs, winning 14 of 21 faceoffs, and committing five less turnovers. Blue Hen goalkeeper Chris Herbert stopped nine shots to earn the win while Dan Cooney won 14 of his 19 faceoff attempts and Connor Fitzgerald scooped up nine groundballs and caused a turnover to lead the defense. The Hens also were successful on 16 of 17 clears attempts.

The Blue Hens broke out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes on goals by Austin and Kaleikau, and after Michigan got on the board at the 9:12 mark on a man-up goal by Yealy, reeled off three straight to go up 5-1. Keane scored his second goal of the quarter at the 4:59 mark to push the Delaware lead to 6-2 before the Wolverines cut the lead to 6-4 at halftime with two goals over the final 4:05.

Michigan still trailed by just two goals at 7-5 when Yealy scored with 4:39 left in the third quarter, but the Hens took off from there, scoring the next four goals - three by Diachenko - to take control. Diachenko's unassisted score with 3:34 left gave the Hens an 11-5 lead. The Wolverines scored two goals eight seconds apart less than a minute later but could never get closer.

Delaware will get right back at it on Monday when the Hens return home to host Mercer in another non-league game beginning at 3 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.


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