DELAWARE RALLIES FROM FIVE-GOAL DEFICIT TO EDGE MEN'S LACROSSE, 11-10
Baltimore, MD—Senior midfielder Ryan Overs’ goal with remaining capped a five-goal Delaware rally as the 20th-ranked Fightin’ Blue Hens (7-2) defeated 14th-ranked UMBC (2-3), 11-10, at UMBC Stadium.
Delaware led just once, at 1-0, before Overs converted a feed from freshman attackman Cam Howard to cap the comeback. UMBC had a golden opportunity to send the game to overtime, as the Blue Hens were called for unnecessary roughness and illegal procedure with 18 seconds remaining. But the Retrievers’ extra-man, which did not manage a shot in its three previous chances, had a pair of passes batted down, before Joe Cahill’s short-side attempt at the buzzer was saved by Delaware netminder Chris Collins.
UMBC built a 5-1 lead after one quarter and an 8-3 advantage late in the second, as sophomore attackman Brendan Mundorf scored four times in the opening half. But Delaware began to turn the momentum as Andy Hipple scored a man-down goal with to play in the half to cut the deficit to 8-4 at intermission. The Blue Hens stormed out of the locker room, scoring a pair of goals in the first of the third quarter, then drawing with a goal at 8-7 on senior attackman Matt Alrich’s fourth goal of the game. The teams exchanged goals to make it 9-8, and Delaware knotted the game at 9-9 on an unassisted score by Howard 1:16 into the fourth quarter.
Retriever sophomore midfielder James Hyland gave UMBC its last lead at the mark of the fourth quarter, but Delaware re-tied the score at 10-10 as freshman midfielder Dan Deckelbaum found himself open and scored from the right side at the mark. After Delaware scored the eventual game-winning goal, Collins made a tough save on UMBC senior midfielder Franklin Berry with 48 seconds left, then denied Cahill to give the Blue Hens their fourth win in the last five outings.
Alrich and Mundorf led their respective teams with four goals each, while Howard added a goal and three assists for Delaware and Overs had a pair of goals. Freshman attackman Drew Westervelt tallied two goals and two helpers for UMBC, and Hyland had two goals and one assist. Collins outdueled counterpart Kevin Cepelak, making 12 saves for UD, while UMBC’s stopper had 8 saves.
UMBC was just 1 of 8 on the extra-man, including 0 of 6 in the final 45 minutes, while Delaware did not have an extra-man opportunity. The Delaware win evens the overall series at 9-9, with 9 of the 18 meetings being decided by two goals or less.