Delaware vs. Penn State
April 23, 2011
The Game Story:
Men's Lacrosse
Delaware Puts Title Hopes on Hold as #19 Blue Hens Struggle Offensively in 13-3 Loss to Penn State

April 23, 2011

File Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell

Athlete photo• Box Score

NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad will have to wait another week for the chance to capture a regular season conference title.

The No. 19 ranked Blue Hens, who could have clinched the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and home field advantage of the upcoming league semifinals with a win Friday night against Penn State, suffered through a tough night on offense and dropped a 13-3 decision to the Nittany Lion.

Delaware (9-5, 4-1 CAA), which had defeated nine straight conference opponents and entered the game riding a two-game win streak, recorded their lowest goal output since the 2007 season to fall into a three-way tie for first place.

If the Hens can defeat Massachusetts next Friday in Amherst, Mass, they would clinch one of two semifinal home berths and if Hofstra also knocks off Penn State, the would still capture the regular season crown.

Matt Mackrides scored four goals and Gavin Ahern recorded a hat trick and also dished out an assist to lead the Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-1 CAA) to their second straight victory.

Kevin Kaminski (at right), Grant Kaleikau, and Eric Smith each scored a goal for the Hens but Delaware could manage only those three goals on 39 shots. The three goals was the lowest output for the Hens since falling to Johns Hopkins 8-3 in the NCAA semifinals in 2007.

Without a big game in goal by Delaware netminder Noah Fossner, the outcome could have been worse. Penn State got off 44 shots with Fossner turning back a season-high 16 of them. Penn State also held a 42-27 advantage in groundballs and had nine less turnovers than the Hens.

The loss was also a disappointing one for the fact that a Delaware homefield record crowd of 2,621 was on hand to help UD honor those who serve as part of Military Appreciation Night. Delaware also honored its 10 seniors prior to the game.

The Nittany Lions put the game away early, outscoring the Hens 3-0 in the first quarter and going up 4-0 deep into the second quarter before Delaware finally got on the board on a goal by Kaleikau with 6:50 left before halftime.

Penn State added another goal to go up 5-1 at the break and after Delaware opened the second half scoring on a goal by Smith just three minutes in, responded with five straight goals to put the game away.

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