April 13, 2013

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Delaware Beats St. Joseph's to Win Third Straight

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware took control early by scoring five straight goals in the first half and rolled to an 11-6 Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse victory over host Saint Joseph's Saturday afternoon at Finnesey Field.

The Blue Hens (5-8, 1-3 CAA) captured their first CAA victory of the season and extended their winning streak to three games as Nick Diachenko, Brian Kormondy, and Danny Keane each scored two goals and freshman goalkeeper Conor Peaks continued his outstanding play in the nets with 12 saves.

Delaware sophomore Tyler Barbarichcontinued to star on faceoffs for the Hens as he won 16 of 21 draws and picked up eight groundballs to help Delaware dominate possession.

Diachenko added two assists, Keane handed out one, and Tom  Holland, Ian Robertson, and Eric Smith each contributed a goal and an assist to lead a balanced effort.

With the victory, the Blue Hens kept their CAA Tournament playoff hopes alive. Delaware has two regular season games left on the schedule, including a home game vs. Penn State next Saturday evening at Delaware Stadium.

Saint Joseph's (5-8, 1-4 CAA) lost its second straight and fell for the fourth time in its last five outings. Matthew Sarcona scored two goals for the Hawks while Jake Hall had two goals and an assist.

Delaware dominated the statistical categories, outshooting the Hawks 40-27, holding a 32-16 advantage on groundballs, and winning 16 of the 21 faceoffs.

Saint Joseph’s jumped out to 2-1 lead after Hall scored with 4:24 left in the opening stanza, but the Blue Hens took over from there as Kormondy started a 5-0 run that led to Delaware taking the lead for good at 6-2.

Diachenko, Delaware’s leading goal-scorer this year with 29, scored twice during the pivotal run. A man-up goal by Connor McRoy capped the run and a tally by Smith gave Delaware a 7-3 lead at the break.

After a goal by Sarcona four minutes into the second half pulled SJU to within 7-4, the Hens used another run to put the game away as Kormondy, Holland, and Keane scored consecutive goals to push the lead back to 10-4 early in the final stanza. Keane added his second goal with 5:07 left to push the advantage to 11-5.


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