April 3, 2005

Late Rally Falls Shorts as SHU Falls at Delaware, 15-11

April 3, 2005

Final Stats

NEWARK, DE (April 2, 2005) -- Dave Powers and Dan Deckelbaum each scored two goals to key a pivotal 7-0 Blue Hen run in the third quarter that lifted the University of Delaware to a 15-11 Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse victory over Sacred Heart Saturday evening at Rullo Stadium.

Delaware, which won its third straight game and improved to 7-3 and remained in first place in the CAA standings with a 2-0 mark. Sacred Heart lost its third straight game to fall to 4-4 (0-1 CAA).

The Blue Hens broke away from a 6-4 halftime lead by scoring the first seven goals of the third quarter to go up 13-4, and then held off a late Pioneer surge to pick up the victory over SHU for the second straight year.

Powers led all Blue Hen scorers with four goals and an assist while Jordan Hall added three goals and an assist. Alex Smith won 22 of 29 face-offs and Chris Collins, last week's CAA Player of the Week, added 11 saves in the nets.

Sacred Heart got five goals and an assist from Kiel Adams while Peter Greco scored a goal and dished out three assists and Matthew Robideau contributed a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Thomas Hind made 14 stops.

After Delaware opened the scoring on a goal by Howard just 2:15 into the game, Sacred Heart's Adams followed with three goals to lead the Pioneers to a 3-2 first quarter lead. The Hens scored four straight to open the second period, with Power scored one and assisting on another, to go up 6-3 with 6:54 left in the half. Adams scored once again with 4:29 left in the first half to cut the UD lead to 6-4 at the break.

The third quarter was all Delaware as the Hens scored the first seven goals, completing an 11-1 run, to go up 13-4 with 5:16 left. Deckelbaum scored two goals within 26 seconds of each other and Powers scored consecutive goals in a span of 39 seconds to key the run.

But Sacred Heart made a spirited comeback, scoring the final two goals of the third quarter to cut the lead to 13-6, and then outscoring the Hens 4-1 in the first 10 minutes of the final stanza to narrow the margin to 14-10 with 5:23 left. Six different SHU players scored during the run, including Adams, who finished the run with his fifth goal of the game.

Delaware held on the rest of the way, getting a goal from freshman Drew Turner with 3:47 left to push the lead back to five goals.

The Pioneers are back in action this Wednesday when they host Hofstra at 4:00 pm.