EMMITSBURG, MD -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad
rallied back with five straight goals in the third quarter to tie the
game and still held a share of the lead midway through the final
quarter, but host Mt. St. Mary's tallied four straight goals of its own
and held on to hand the Blue Hens a tough 15-12 defeat at Waldon Family
Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Delaware (1-3) suffered its third straight setback in a heart-breaking
stretch that has seen the Blue Hens hold a share of the lead late in
each game, including a last-second 9-8 loss to defending national
champion and top-ranked Loyola last week.
Blue Hen senior midfielder Nick Diachenko was nearly unstoppable as he
exploded for a career-high five goals, including two during the stretch
in the third quarter when the Hens scored five straight goals to tie the
game at 9-9 with 3:13 left in the stanza. The hat trick was Diachenko's
fifth of his career.
Connor McRoy added two goals and two assists for the Blue Hens while
Brian Kormandy scored twice, Eric Smith added a goal and two assists,
and Sean Finegan and Danny Keane each contributed a goal. Smith extended
his scoring streak to 22 straight games since 2011.
Mt. St. Mary's (2-1), which received votes in this week's USILA Top 20
poll, got four goals each from Cody Lehrer and Brett Schmidt while
Andrew Scalley picked up nine points on three goals and six assists. Mt.
St. Mary's features one of the nation's top offensive attacks as
Scalley, Lehrer, and Schmidt all rank among the top 15 active career
goal-scorers in NCAA Division I.
Delaware, which outshot the Mount 43-35 and held a 27-26 advantage in
groundballs, lost for just the second time in 13 meetings with Mt. St.
Mary's and fell in Emmitsburg for the first time in four trips. The Blue
Hens, who feature one of the youngest teams in the nation, continued to
play without two of its top players in injured midfielders Dom
Sebastiani and Garrett Johnson.
Diachenko scored three of his goals in the opening stanza but the
Mountaineers used four straight goals to take a 6-4 lead after the first
quarter and went into intermission up 7-4 as Scalley tallied the only
goal of the stanza with 1:17 left before halftime.
Mt. St. Mary's extended the lead to 9-4 thanks to two early third
quarter goals, but the Blue Hens mounted a spirited comeback, scoring
five straight goals in a span of just over nine minutes to tie the game
heading into the final stanza. Diachenko and Kormandy each scored twice
during the streak with Kormandy's goal with just six seconds left
knotting the score at 9-9.
The Mount regained the lead on a goal by Lehrer three minutes into the
final quarter, but McRoy answered for the Hens at the 8:06 mark to tie
the game again at 10-10. But that would be the last lead the Blue Hens
would see as the host team reeled off four straight goals by four
different players to take a 14-10 with 1:48 left.
Smith broke the string with a man-up goal off a Diachenko feed with 1:30
left for the Hens, but that was as close as they would get as Daniel
Stranix scored for Mt. St. Mary's 32 seconds later to end a further UD
Delaware will return to action next Saturday, March 2 , when the Hens
head to Villanova for a non-league matchup at 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.
Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists):
Delaware - Nick Diachenko, 5-1; Connor McRoy, 2-2; Brian Kormandy, 2-1;
Eric Smith, 1-2; Sean Finegan, 1-0; Danny Keane, 1-0.
Mt. St. Mary's - Cody Lehrer, 4-1; Brett Schmidt, 4-0; Andrew Scalley,
3-6; Daniel Stranix, 2-0; Bryant Schmidt, 1-0; Eric Ososki, 1-1; Anthony
Shots: D - 43, MSM - 35; Saves: D -9 (Chris Herbert, 56:46 min., 12
goals, 9 saves; Conor Peaks, 3:14 min., 3 goals, 0 saves), MSM - 13
(Adam Borgogelli); Groundballs: D - 27, MSM - 26; Faceoffs: D - 15, MSM
- 16; Clears: D - 11 of 11, MSM - 11 of 13; Penalties: D - 5 for 3:00,
MSM - 5 for 3:30; Extra Man Goals: D - 1 for 5, MSM - 3 for 5;
Turnovers: D - 10, MSM - 10; Attendance: 252.