Delaware vs. Mount Saint Mary's
February 25, 2012
The Game Story:
Delaware Stunned as Mt. St. Mary's Strikes Late for 12-10 Upset Victory Over No. 16 Blue Hens
February 25, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Chris Permar

• Boxscore
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse forged the sixth tie of the game with 6:54 left to play, but Mt. St. Mary's reeled off three straight goals in a span of less than four minutes and moved on to a 12-10 upset victory over the Blue Hens at a blustery Delaware Saturday afternoon.

No. 16 ranked Delaware (2-3), which dropped its third straight game, lost to Mt. St. Mary's for the first time ever in 11 all-time meetings.

Mt. St. Mary's (1-0), the defending Northeast Conference champion, was playing its season opener but looked sharp.

After Delaware's Sean Finegan scored with 6:54 left to knot the score at 9-9, the Mount reeled off three straight, taking the lead for good on a goal by Andrew Scalley witih 5:19 left. Brett Schmidt scored a man-up goal three minutes later and Daniel Stranix scored his third goal of the game with 1:47 left to complete the upset.

Delaware, which dropped a tough 8-6 battle to No. 3 ranked Johns Hopkins, scored a goal with 56 seconds left to cut the gap to 12-10 but could not come through again.

All-American candidate Grant Kaleikau (bottom left) led the Blue Hens with two goals and two assists while Brian Kormandy (top right) scored twice and dished out an assist and Andrew Tanneberger contributed a goal and an assist.

Stranix led Mt. St. Mary's with three goals while Brett Schmidt and Scalley each tallied twice. Eight different Mountaineer players scored a goal.

Delaware dominated almost every category but could not pull out the win as the Hens lost at home for just the third time in the last 14 games since last season.

The Hens held a 42-29 advantage in shots, led 33 to 28 in groundballs, won 15 of the 26 faceoffs, and had one less turnover.

"We dominated the stats but we lost the game," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who was honored before the game for his 300th career victory earned in the Hens' season opening win over Detroit on Feb. 4. "We played hard but our execution just wasn't good enough. We knew Mt. St. Mary's had a talented attrck. We didn't get our transition game going today and when we did, we just didn't finish off our shots."