Delaware vs. Manhattan
February 24, 2007
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE -- Senior Dan Deckelbaum (at right) and freshman Kevin Kaminski each scored three goals and Alex Smith won 27 of 28 faceoffs as No. 15 ranked University of Delaware cruised to its 11th straight home victory with an easy 20-5 non-league men’s lacrosse win over Manhattan at chilly Rullo Stadium Saturday afternoon.

A total of 13 different Delaware players scored a goal, including five with two or more tallies, as the Blue Hens (3-0) extended their school record for consecutive home wins to 11. Delaware, which has outscored its opponents 52-16 and outshot them 171-64 this season, is off to a 3-0 start for the third time in the last four seasons.

Deckelbaum, Delaware’s leading goal scorer a year ago with 31, led the Hens with three goals and an assist while Kaminski added a career-high three goals, All-American Jordan Hall had two goals and two assists, Adam Zuder-Havens scored twice, and Martin Cahill contributed two goals. Kyle Rotelli and Marty Kupprion each added a goal and an assist to the Blue Hen effort. Starting goalkeeper Tommy Scherr had five saves, surpassing the 200 mark for his career.

All-American Alex Smith, the NCAA leader in faceoff winning percentage the last two seasons, won 27 of 28 attempts for the Blue Hens and picked up 22 groundballs to aid the effort. The Hens, who jumped out to a 13-1 halftime lead, held a 58-20 advantage in shots and held a 45-18 margin in groundballs.

Manhattan (0-1), coming off a 6-7 record a year ago and picked No. 6 in the pre-season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference poll, was playing in its season opener. Brian Murray led the Jaspers with three goals and also added an assist while John Geagan recorded 18 saves in the nets. Delaware has now defeated the Jaspers in all three meetings all-time, including a 9-8 win in the last matchup in 2005.

Delaware jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes on goals by Vincent Giordano and Alex Moeckel, but Manhattan came right back to narrow the deficit to 2-1 on a goal by Kevin Dorsey with 8:36 left in the opening quarter. But it was all Delaware after that as the Hens scored the final five goals of the quarter, including two by Deckelbaum, and outscored the Jaspers 6-0 in the second quarter to take a 13-1 lead into intermission.

The Hens extended their streak to 12 straight goals when Hall scored less than two minutes into the second quarter before Manhattan finally got back on the board on a goal by Murray with 9:36 left in the stanza, ending a scoring drought that lasted exactly 29 minutes.