Mount Saint Mary's vs. Delaware
March 5, 2003
The Game Story:
Matt Warner has two goals and two assists in the loss

The Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team lost to Delaware, 9-6, at Loyola College's Curley Field in Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday afternoon. The Mount falls to 0-3 on the season while Delaware improves to 2-2.

It was an even game in the opening quarter with each team scoring once. Xander Ritz opened the scoring with 4:40 left for Delaware, but the Mount's Matt Warner converted a Kevin Merlini pass to tie the game, 1-1, heading into the second period.

The Blue Hens took advantage of a three-minute unreleaseable penalty to open the second quarter, striking twice with the extra man opportunity. Dennis Smith's goal 1:13 into the quarter was followed by a Ryan Metzbower tally just 44 seconds later to make the score 3-1. Delaware outshot the Mount 13-7 in the quarter and held a 12-4 advantage in ground balls as the Blue Hens went to the half with a 7-2 lead. Ritz tallied three goals and two assists in the opening 30 minutes of action.

The Mount fought back, cutting the lead to 7-5 with 7:45 left in the game. Merlini, Daniel Hatton and Josh Warfield each scored to get the Mount back in the game, but Delaware's Kurt Nordhoff scored with 5:29 left to give Delaware a three-goal cushion. Matt Alrich scored his third goal of the game with 2:46 left and Warfield scored for the Mount just before the final buzzer to complete the scoring.

Warner had two goals and two assists to pace the Mount offense while Merlini added a goal and two assists. Warfield also tallied two goals in the loss. Delaware goalkeeper Chris Collins made 15 saves while Mount netminder David Lambour had 13 saves.

Mount St. Mary's held a 37-36 advantage in shots on goal, but Delaware controlled the ground balls, 35-22. The Blue Hens were 3-for-4 in extra man opportunities while the Mount was 0-4.

The Mount is scheduled to face Marist on Saturday, March 8. Game time and location are still to be determined.