Delaware Overpowers Michigan to Win Second Straight
from press release
NEWARK, Del. — Eric Smith, Danny Keane, and Nick Diachenko each scored three times and goalkeeper Conor Peaks collected a career-high 13 saves as the University of Delaware men's lacrosse team overpowered Michigan for a 12-5 non-league victory Saturday at sunny Delaware Stadium. The Blue Hens (4-8) led wire-to-wire to pick up their second straight victory as they head into the homestretch of the 2013 season.
Delaware got scoring from six different players, forced 18 turnovers, and committed a season-low seven turnovers themselves, including just two in the opening half.
"I was very impressed with our efforts today," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who picked up his 309th career victory. "We were sharp and we did a great job of executing. I can't remember a game when I looked at the stats at halftime and we only had two turnovers."
Diachenko, who now leads the team with 27 goals this season, posted a hat trick for the second straight game and for the seventh time in his career while Keane posted his fifth career hat trick. Smith, who also dished out an assist, broke out of a scoring slump in a big way after netting just one goal over the previous five games. Ian Robertson also scored a goal and dished out an assist for the Blue Hens, Connor McRoy contributed a goal and an assist, and Dom Sebastiani contributed an assist and caused four turnovers.
Michigan (0-11), a second-year varsity program, lost its 19th straight game dating back to last season and remained one of just two NCAA Division I men's programs without a victory this season.
Mike Hernandez and Evan Glaser each scored a goal and dished out an assist for the Wolverines while goalkeeper Gerald Logan, who leads the nation in saves per game, matched his average with 15 stops.
"There is always a concern with fatigue when you play a mid-week game (an 8-7 win at Marist Wednesday), but our guys came out and practiced great on Thursday and Friday," continued Shillinglaw. "We were aggressive for all four quarters today, Peaks was outstanding in goal, and our offense did a great job of running the plays all the way through. We accomplished everything we wanted to today."
The Blue Hens jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after one quarter and upped the margin to 5-0 on a goal by McRoy with 6:18 left in the first half.
Michigan misfired on its first 15 shots and did not get on the board until Hernandez scored with 1:06 left in the first half. But the Hens matched when Keane scored off a Smith feed with just 14 seconds left to give Delaware a 6-1 advantage at the break.
Diachenko, Keane, and Sean Finegan each scored a goal in the first six minutes of the third quarter to increase the Delaware lead to 9-1 and put the game away. Goals by Diachenko and Roberts over the final three minutes of the third stanza gave the Hens an insurmountable 11-2 lead heading into the final stanza. The game marked Delaware's annual Cancer Awareness Day and the Blue Hens wore special pink uniforms in support of the fight against a disease that has effected the families of several team members.
The game was also the annual Milt Roberts Day Game in which the Hens honor the memory of the founder of the UD program. Smith was named the game Most Valuable Player.