Rutgers vs. Delaware
March 2, 2002
The Game Story:
PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Junior midfielder Brad Downer (Annapolis, MD HS) scored all three of his goals in the second half, including the go-ahead goal with three minutes left to play, and freshman Andy Hipple (Moorestown, NJ HS) added three more tallies in a return to his home state as the University of Delaware men^s lacrosse evened its record with a 12-10 non-league victory over host Rutgers University Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Hens (1-1), coming off a season-opening 17-12 loss to Loyola last week, overcame a one-goal deficit in the final nine minutes of action to claim the victory, its fourth in the last five meetings with the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers fell to 1-2 despite outshooting the Blue Hens 42-22.

Downer also added an assist while Hipple continued his scoring onslaught, upping his scoring total to six goals and four assists in his first two career games. All-American candidate Ryan Metzbower (St. Mary^s/Severna Park, MD) added two goals and an assist for Delaware while senior goalkeeper Dave Mullen (Ridley/Ridley Park, PA) was superb in goal, stopping 18 shots.

Tim Horgan, Mike Buck, and Bryan Warner each scored two goals for Rutgers with Jamie Lovejoy adding a game-high four assists. Goalkeeper Christopher Kenyon allowed 12 goals while stopping five shots.

The game was close the entire way and featured six ties with neither team ever leading by more than three goals.

Delaware scored three straight goals early in the second quarter, including two by Hipple, to take its largest lead at 5-2 with 9:35 left in the first half. Rutgers rallied with five unanswered goals, including the first three to open the second half, to take its biggest lead at 7-5 with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter.

The lead changed twice more with Rutgers using goals by Warner and Buck to take a 10-9 advantage with 9:22 left. But Delaware shut down the Scarlet Knights the rest of the way as R.C. Reed scored his only goal of the game with 7:52 to tie it at 10-10 and Downer connected for the go-ahead goal at the three-minute mark. Metzbower added some insurance with an unassisted goal with 77 seconds left.