Delaware vs. Lehigh
February 19, 2005
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE -- Jordan Hall (right) scored twice and dished out two assists and Dave Powers and Dan Deckelbaum each scored two goals and dished out an assist as another balanced effort led the University of Delaware men's lacrosse team to a 12-2 non-league victory over Lehigh Saturday at Rullo Stadium.

The Hens, who are off to a 2-0 start for the second straight year and for the third time since 1999, got another balanced effort as nine different players scored a goal. Lehigh (0-1) fell in its season opener.

Joe Trentzsch added a goal and an assist and the Hens also got single goals from Andy Hipple, Vincent Giordano, Alex Smith, John Carrozza, and Marty Kupprion on the way to the victory. Delaware outshot the Mountain Hawks 46-24 with Blue Hen goalkeeper Chris Collins notching 13 saves. Smith won 16 of 18 faceoffs for the Blue Hens.

Lehigh, coming off a 4-10 season in 2004, got goals from David Gaunt and Andrew Mastromonaco. Goalkeeper Eric Spirko recorded 12 saves.

Delaware, which downed Lehigh 5-3 last season in Bethlehem, PA, defeated Lehigh for the 21st straight time since 1972. The Hens, who defeated Saint Joseph's 18-3 in last week's opener, have now won consecutive games by 10 or more goals for the first time since 1999 when the Hens opened with wins of 19-8 over Gannon and 25-5 over Hartford on the way to an NCAA Tournament berth.

Hipple scored the game's first goal just three minutes in to give Delaware a 1-0 lead but neither team scored again until the final minute of the first stanza when Powers and Smith scored within nine seconds of each other for a 3-0 lead. A goal by Powers with 6:51 left in the first half gave Delaware a 4-0 advantage.

Lehigh finally ended a near 25-minute scoring drought when the Mountain Hawks got on the board on a goal by Mastromonaco with 5:07 left in the opening half. But Delaware countered with two straight goals to take a 6-1 lead into intermission and opened the second half by scoring the first six goals to put the game away.

Delaware will continue action next Saturday, Feb. 26, when it travels to Stony Brook for a 1 p.m. non-league game in New York.