Lafayette vs. Delaware
March 6, 2013
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team played Delaware to an 8-8 tie with 12:12 remaining in the game, but the Blue Hens scored three of the last four to come away with a victory on Tuesday afternoon inside Fisher Stadium.

Reigning Patriot League goalkeeper of the week sophomore Jake Hyatt was stellar once again, allowing 11 goals on 37 shots faced and tallying 15 saves. Sophomore Brian Bock led the Leopards with five goals, while classmate Sonny Round notched two goals and two assists. Four different Blue Hens tallied multiple goals as Nick Diachenko, Brian Kormondy, Eric Smith and Sean Finegan each netted two.

Delaware held the edge in ground balls (42-25) and shots (37-28), while the Leopards won 13 of the 24 faceoffs (54.2%). The Leopards were 3-for-8 on their extra-man opportunities and committed 14 turnovers to Delaware’s 11.

The Blue Hens jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after the first quarter as Diachenko and Kormondy each scored and Bock answered for Lafayette. After a tally from freshman Morgan Westby to open up the second quarter of play, Delaware ripped off three straight from Kormondy, Diachenko and Smith to take a 5-2 lead with 9:07 to play in the half.

The Leopards did not let that momentum carry into halftime, though, as Bock scored two of the final three goals in the period to send Lafayette into intermission trailing by just two, 6-4.

Coming out in the third, the Leopards were determined to take the game into their control, as Wanke and Round each notched tallies to tie the game at six apiece with 6:54 remaining in the period. A Brandon Worrall goal for Delaware and another Round score sent the game into the fourth knotted at 7.

In the final period, Delaware proved its prowess, scoring four straight after Bock put the Leopards up one with 13:45 to go in the contest. Goals from Finegan, Alex Martinelli, Connor McRoy and Smith, coupled with another Bock tally with 2:19 to play put the final score at 11-9.

Lafayette and Delaware both move to 2-4 on the season and the Leopards will open up Patriot League play on Saturday as they head to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy at 12 p.m.