Delaware vs. Drexel
March 29, 2014
The Game Story:
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware and Drexel will clash in a pivotal Colonial Athletic Association mens lacrosse matchup Saturday at Delaware Stadium as the Blue Hens host the Dragons at 1:30 p.m. as part of Youth Day. Both Delaware (5-4, 0-2 CAA) and Drexel (5-4, 0-1 CAA) will be looking for their first conference wins of the season. Hofstra leads the current CAAstandings with a 2-0 mark in league play while Massachusetts and Towson are tied for second with 1-0 marks. Delaware will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak that includes consecutive tight CAA road losses of 11-9 at Hofstra on March 15 and 11-8 at Towson last Saturday. In the loss at Towson, Delaware jumped out to a 5-0 lead but could not hold off the Tigers second-half comeback. Drexel, which is earning votes in the USILA Top 20 poll, opened CAAplay with an 11-9 loss to Hofstra last Saturday but got back on the winning track with a 14-10 non-league win over former CAAmembers Saint Josephs on Tuesday. Delaware and Drexel will meet for the 68th time with the Hens holding a big 44-23 advantage. However, the Hens will be looking for their first win over the Dragons since 2011 as Drexel has won the last two meetings, including an 11-8 win here at Delaware Stadium in 2012 and an 11-10 triumph last season in Philadelphia. Delaware ranks eighth in the nation in man-down defenses (.769), 10th in faceoff winning pct. (.614), and 11th in scoring defense (8.67 goals per game) while Drexel is fourth in faceoffs (.641), 16th in man-up offense (.452), and 18th in scoring offense (11.5). A big matchup will happen at the faceoff spot where Delawares Tyler Barbarich ranks No. 8 in the nation with a .640 winning percentage but will face Drexels Nick Saputo, who ranks even higher with a winning mark of .658 that ranks No. 6 nationally. Delaware is led offensively by Brian Kormondy (11 goals) and Jackson Finigan (5 goals, 10 assists) while goalkeeper Conor Peaks ranks among the national Top 20 leaders in goals against average (8.46) and save percentage (.567). Drexel is led offensively by Ben McIntosh (25 goals) and Cole Shafer (18 goals, 14 assists) with defender Matt Dusek (15 caused turnovers) leading the defense.