Delaware vs. Saint Joseph's
February 12, 2005
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE (February 12, 2005) -- Senior midfielder Dave Powers (right) recorded his first career hat trick and also dished out an assist and five other Blue Hen players netted two goals each as the University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad had no trouble winning its 2005 season opener with an 18-3 victory over Saint Joseph's Saturday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.

The game was the first men's collegiate game played this season, marking the second straight year that Delaware and Saint Joseph's met in the nation's first official game. Delaware has now downed Saint Joseph's in all five meetings.

Powers, who entered the season with just three goals in his career, was one of 11 Delaware players to appear in the scoring column as the Hens (1-0) posted their highest scoring total since an 18-8 win over Manhattan in 2003. The 15-goal winning margin was the highest for Delaware since a 25-5 victory over Hartford in 1999.

Jordan Hall scored two goals and dished out two assists, Joe Trentzsch scored twice and had one assist, and Andy Hipple, Dan Deckelbaum, and Marty Kupprion each scored two goals on the day. Micardo Celicourt, Alex Smith, and Cam Howard each scored once and dished out an assist in the balanced effort.

Saint Joseph's (0-1) got goals from Keegan Wilkinson, Andrew Four, and Mike O'Neill. Delaware enjoyed a wide 47-13 advantage in shots and 52-24 in groundballs.

Delaware wasted little time in getting on the board as Smith won the opening faceoff and fired a shot past SJU goalkeeper Dan Morrissey just six seconds into the game. The goal was the fastest to start a game in Delaware history, surpassing a goal eight seconds into the game by Keevin Galbraith vs. Army in 2001.

The Hens went up 2-0 on a goal by Howard with 3:26 remaining in the first half but Saint Joseph's answered with its first score as Andrew Four tallied to cut the lead to 2-1 to end the first quarter. Powers scored his first goal just under three minutes into the second quarter, but the Hawks countered with a goal by O'Neill with 8:48 left to cut the lead to 3-2.

But it was all Delaware after that as the Hens reeled off six straight goals, including one by Powers, to end the half up 9-2. SJU finally ended an 18-minute scoring drought with a goal from Wilkinson with 5:07 left in the third period, but the Hens came back to score the final eight goals of the game.