Sacred Heart vs. Delaware
April 6, 2002
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, CT -- Junior attackman Stephen Grabow exploded for a season-high seven goals and James Delmonico tallied three times as host Sacred Heart jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead and cruised to a 17-9 Colonial Athletic Association mens^ lacrosse victory over the University of Delaware Saturday afternoon at Campus Field.

The Blue Hens, who got two goals each from Scott Evans (St. Peter^s/Peterborough, Ontario), Ryan Metzbower (St. Mary^s/Severna Park, MD), and Chris Bickley (Abington/Jenkintown, PA), dropped their sixth straight game to fall to 2-7 (0-3 CAA). Sacred Heart snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 3-5, 1-2, winning their first ever CAA game. The game was the first matchup ever between the two teams in men^s lacrosse.

Delaware, which has been held to just one goal three times during the losing streak, suffered from another slow start again Saturday as Sacred Heart outscored the Hens 5-0 in the first quarter and moved on to a 7-1 lead at the break.

The Blue Hens fought back in the second half and used five third quarter goals to pull to within three midway through the stanza, but could never get closer.

Sacred Heart, which became the sixth straight opponent to score at least 15 goals and hold the Hens under 10, made the most of its 37 shots on goal as Grabow led the way. Grabow entered the game as the CAA^s fourth leading goal scorer with 16 and his seven goals was a season high among CAA players this spring. Josh Mathon added two goals and T.J. Hutmacher recorded two goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Bryan Campo held the Hens at bay by posting 14 saves against 31 shots.

Evans added two assists for the Blue Hens while Brad Downer (Annapolis/Annapolis, MD) added a goal and two assists and Matt Lehmann (St. Mary^s/Severna Park, MD) chipped in with one goal and one assist. Three different UD goalkeepers combined for 18 saves.

Delaware returns to action next Saturday, Apr. 13, when the its hosts longtime rival Hofstra University in the annual Milt Roberts Day/Delaware Lacrosse Foundation Day game at Rullo Stadium at 7 p.m. Some proceeds from the game will go to the Delaware Lacrosse Foundation.