Delaware vs. Umbc
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE - Phil Grillo scored three goals and dished out two assists and Scott Steele netted three goals and assisted on one other in a return to his home state as No. 10 ranked UMBC defeated the University of Delaware 13-8 in a non-league men^s lacrosse game Saturday night at Rullo Stadium.

The game drew a crowd of approximately 1,000 as part of the annual Delaware Lacrosse Foundation Youth Day. The game was also the annual Milt Roberts Day game in honor of the late Milt Roberts, who co-founded the men's lacrosse program at the University of Delaware and is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Steele, the UMBC co-captain and a native of Rehoboth Beach, DE (Cape Henlopen High School), was named the game's Most Valuable Player as part of Milt Robert Day festivities.

Delaware junior Matt Alrich scored a team-high three goals to up his team and Colonial Athletic Association leading total to 30 while Ryan Metzbower netted two goals and Xander Ritz scored once and assisted on another. Alrich has scored a goal in all 13 games this season.

UMBC, which is fighting for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth, also got two goals from Franklin Berry and 17 saves from Tim Flanagan and improved to 7-4. Delaware suffered its third straight loss to fall to 5-8 on the season with all eight losses coming by five goals or less. The game marked the first meeting between the two schools since Delaware posted a 12-11 overtime win in the 1999 NCAA quarterfinals.

The Retrievers took control of the game early and never looked back in posting the victory. UMBC got first quarter goals from Berry, Pat Muston, and Rob Cross and led 5-0 midway through second quarter before the Hens got on the board on a goal by Alrich with 6:13 left before halftime. Berry and Steele followed with goals for UMBC for a 7-2 lead at intermission.

UMBC scored four of the first five goals of the second half, the last a man-up goal by Steele with 6:35 left in the third quarter for an 11-4 lead. Delaware made a late rally in the fourth quarter as Metzbower scored the first two goals of the final stanza to cut the lead to five, but UMBC answered with two goals of its own by Grillo and Steele to put the game away.

Delaware will continue action this Wednesday, April 23 when the Hens travel to Drexel for a Colonial Athletic Association game at 4 p.m.