Feb. 27, 2010

Courtesy of Delaware

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The University of Delaware scored six straight goals in the second half, including five straight in the final quarter, as the No. 13 ranked Blue Hen survived a scare from host University of Hartford and pulled out an 11-9 men's lacrosse non-league victory Saturday afternoon at Al-Marzook Stadium.

Delaware (3-1), which narrowly avoided an upset loss to the Hawks for the second straight season, overcame an 8-6 deficit late in the third quarter by scoring six straight goals, including the eventual game-winner by All-American Curtis Dickson (at right) that capped a three-goal spurt in just two minutes and 19 seconds.

Dickson tallied four goals and also dished out two assists to continue his torrid early-season scoring skein. He ranks among the national leaders with 16 goals and six assists for 22 points and extended his point-scoring streak to 43 games, just four shy of the Delaware record of 47 set by Anthony DiMarzo in1992-95.

He also notched his 18th career hat trick, including his third in four games this season, and upped his career goal total to 116, second best among active NCAA Division I players.

The Hens, who rebounded from a 15-7 setback to No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Tuesday, got scoring from 13 different players as Pat Lombard scored twice, Justin Martinelli, Mark Steverson, Grant Kaleikau, and Chris Hichborn tallied one goal each, and seven different Blue Hens dished out assists.

Noah Fossner posted the win in goal with eight saves and paced a defense that held Hartford scoreless for a span of 21:24 as the Hens got back into the game.

Hartford (0-2), which opened the season with a 20-10 loss to then No. 17 Massachusetts last week, led 3-2 after one quarter and 5-4 at halftime before letting the lead slip away in the final stanza. Rory Nunamacher led the Hawks with two goals and an assist while Aidan Genik and Jared Franze each scored twice, Carter Bender scored a goal and dished out two assists, and Michael Cudmore contributed a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Scott Bement turned back 15 shots.

The Hawks scored two goals in a span of just nine seconds early in the third quarter to take command at 7-4 as Franze scored at the 12:40 mark, and after Tim Fallon won the faceoff, tallied again off the stick of Genik.

A goal by Cahill less than a minute later, his 11th of the season, cut the lead to 7-5, but Hartford came right back to push the lead to three again as Nunamacher scored with 8:46 left in the stanza.

But Delaware dominated from there as Dickson started the six-goal run with a goal at the 3:12 mark and pulled Delaware to within 8-6 heading into the final stanza. Hichborn scored just 1:29 into the final stanza and a goal by Steverson just two minutes later knotted the score at 8-8. Dickson put the Hens up for good at 9-8 with his game-high fourth goal of the game at 11:12, capping a three-goal run over a span of 2:19.

Martinelli and Lombard completed the comeback with goals 95 seconds apart for the Hens with Lombard's second goal of the game with 5:56 left pushing the advantage to 11-8. Hartford finally ended a drought of 21:24 without a goal when Jason Bearse scored with 2:22 left, but the Hawks could not mount a comeback of their own.

Hartford scored twice in the first four minutes of the game to go up 2-1 and took a 3-1 lead into the second quarter when Nunamacher scored on the final play of the period. Dickson kept the Hens in the game as he scored twice in the second quarter, including a goal with 1:27 remaining that cut the Hartford lead to 5-4 at the break.

Delaware will returns to action this Saturday, March 6, when the Hens host Albany for their home opener at Delaware Stadium at 1 p.m. For the first time in school history, the Hens will play all of their home games at the 22,000 stadium. The game will be the first played on the new FieldTurf surface that was installed last month.



Scoring Summary:
Delaware - Curtis Dickson - 4 goals-2 assists; Pat Lombard, 2-0; Martin Cahill, 1-0; Justin Martinelli, 1-0; Mark Steverson, 1-0; Grant Kaleikau, 1-0; Chris Hichborn, 1-0; John Austin, 0-1; Phil Rollins,0-1; Brett Johnson, 0-1; Pat Dowling, 0-1; Carter Bloor, 0-1; D.J. Widlake, 0-1.
Hartford - Rory Nunamacher, 2-1; Aidan Genik, 2-0; Jared Franze, 2-0; Michael Cudmore, 1-1; Carter Bender, 1-2; Justin Bears, 1-0; Ryan Compitello, 0-1;

Shots: Delaware - 36, Hartford - 26; Saves: D - 8 (Noah Fossner), H - 15 (Scott Bement); Groundballs: D - 31, H - 35; Faceoffs: D - 10, H - 12; Turnovers: D - 16, H - 19; Clears: D - 18 of 20, H - 21 of 27; Extra Man Goals: D - 0 for 5, H - 1 for 5; Penalties: D - 4 for 2:30, H - 5 for 3:00; Attendance: