Delaware vs. Umass
April 25, 2014
The Game Story:
NEWARK, Del. -- A berth into the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament will be on the line for both teams tonight at Delaware Stadium when the University of Delaware hosts the University of Massachusetts for a 7 p.m. faceoff. The Blue Hens (6-8, 0-4 CAA), who will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak and post their first league win of the season, will celebrate Senior Night as Delaware will honor seniors James Connelly, Garrett Johnson, Trip Ashley, Chris Herbert, Dan Keane, and Connor McRoy in a pre-game ceremony. Massachusetts (7-5, 1-3 CAA), which has lost three straight games and four of their last five, will also be looking to earn its place in the CAA Tournament with a victory. Delaware, which is coming off a 10-6 setback at Penn State last week, will be looking to return to the CAA Tournament for the first time since capturing back-to-back CAA titles and NCAA Tournament berths in 2010 and 2011 before falling just short the last two seasons. Delaware is led offensively by Keane, who has a team-high 23 goals and has scored 14 times in the last four outings. Also leading the offense is Brian Kormondy (16 goals, 10 assists), Steve DeLargy (14-6), Jackson Finigan (7-13), and Beau Jones (8-11). Kormondy has scored a point in every game this season while Keane has scored in eight straight. Faceoff specialist Tyler Barbarich has won 63.5 percent of his attempts to rank No. 7 in the NCAA. Defensively, the Hens have been solid this season behind the play of seniors Connelly and Ashley and sophomore goalkeeper Conor Peaks, who ranks in the top 25 nationally in both goals against average (23rd at 9.28) and save percentage (22nd at .538). As a team, Delaware ranks No. 24 nationally in scoring defense (9.21) and 18th in man-down defense (.700). Massachusetts is led offensively by NickMariano (26-8), Connor Mooney (16-18), and Grant Whiteway (18-6) while Zach Oliveri (7.61 GAA, .545 save pct.) handles goalkeeping chores. James Fahey is among the national leaders in caused turnovers (20) and Joe Calvello is among the national leaders in faceoff pct. (.581) and groundballs (95). Massachusetts leads the series by an 11-4 margin and has won two straight, including a 16-8 victory last season in Amherst, Mass. and a 17-6 win at Delaware Stadium in 2012. Delaware's last win was a 9-7 win in Amherst in 2011 in the CAA championship game. The CAA Tournament will begin on Wed., Apr. 28 with No. 1 seed Hofstra and No. 2 seed Drexel hosting semifinal games. The championship game will be held on Saturday, May 3 at the site of the highest remaining seed. The winner of the CAA Tournament will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Delaware will serve as host to two NCAA Quarterfinal games on Sunday, May 18 at Delaware Stadium.