Delaware vs. Hofstra
March 16, 2013
The Game Story:
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad knew coming in that goals might be hard to come by in its Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday at Delaware Stadium.

Unfortunately for the Blue Hens, Hofstra's vaunted defense was on the mark and held Delaware's defense to just two goals through the first three quarters on its way to a 10-5 victory.

The No. 10 ranked Pride (5-1, 1-0 CAA), coming off an 8-7 win a week ago over No. 2 ranked Notre Dame, won its fourth straight game behind a 14-save effort from goalkeeper Chris Selva and four goals from Adrian Sorichetti.

Delaware (2-6, 0-1 CAA), which lost its second straight game, got two goals from Beau Jones (at right) while Ian Robertson (bottom left) had a goal and an assist and Connor Frisina and Tom Holland also tallied goals.

Hofstra, which entered the game leading all NCAA Division I teams in scoring defense at just 6.6 goals allowed per game, held Delaware's top three goal-scorers, Nick Diachenko, Eric Smith, and Connor McRoy, without a point. Delaware's five goals was a season-low and its lowest output since a 13-5 setback to Hofstra last March 17.

The Hens did dominate at the faceoff circle as sophomore Tyler Barbarich won 14 of 18 draws and scooped up 10 groundballs. Chris Herbert posted eight saves in the nets. Delaware held a 35-23 advantage in groundballs while Hofstra held a slim 31-29 margin in shots. The Hens could not manage a goal in six extra man opportunities.

Sorichetti also dished out an assist for the Pride while Brian von Bargen and Mike Malave each scored twice and Sam Llinares had a goal and dished out an assist.

“We knew they had a quality defense coming in,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “We were generating some good shots all day but just didn’t cash in on them. They capitalized and finished. That’s the type of game it was. We were ready and we played hard like we do in practice. But turnovers can hurt you, particularly when you get behind.”

Delaware jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first four minutes as Jones scored on the Hens’ first possession and Robertson scored off a feed from Dom Sebastiani with 11:13 left in the opening quarter. Sebastiani, a fifth-year senior and Delaware’s Tewaaraton Trophy National Player of the Year candidate, was seeing his first action of the season after missing the first seven games with an injury.

Despite the quick start, Delaware’s offense would be quiet for the next three quarters as Hofstra held them off the board for the next 45 minutes of action.

Sorichetti scored his first goal of the game with 5:48 left in the opening quarter to knot the score at 2-2 and the Pride outscored the Hens 4-0 the rest of the half to take a 6-2 lead at the half.

Hofstra got goals from Llinares and von Bargen in the third quarter to take an 8-2 lead into the final stanza and Sorichetti scored four minutes into the final period to cap an eight-goal run and increase the lead to 9-2.

The Delaware offense finally came to life in the fourth quarter as the Hens scored three straight goals - by Jones, Frisina, and Holland - to cut the lead to 9-5 with 5:09 left. The Pride broke the streak when Sorichetti notched his fourth goal of the day with 3:23 remaining to cap the scoring.

Delaware will return to action next Friday, Mar. 22, when the Blue Hens host CAA rival Towson at 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.