Delaware’s Eisele nets 4 goals in 10-6 men’s lacrosse win

Ben DeLuca is leading the Blue Hens men’s lacrosse team to their best start since 2006. (UD Photo Services)

The Delaware men’s lacrosse team earned its best start since 2006 with a 10-6 win over visiting Binghamton Saturday afternoon.

“I am proud of our team and the way that they competed today,” said head coach Ben Deluca. “We learned a lot about ourselves to this point in the season and we hope to build on this success as we look ahead to a tough four-game road stretch that leads into conference play.”

Senior captain Joe Eisele put on a four-goal show, Charlie Kitchen added two goals and one assist. Defensively, the Blue Hens did not allow a fourth quarter goal, led by junior Matt Deluca who stopped 13 of the 19 shots he saw. The netminder sits at No. 10 all-time in Delaware history with 400 saves.

“I think it came down to the communication throughout the defense,” said Alex Brunner. “We played within our game plan and it started with the close defense and the connection with the rope unit.

The Bearcats (0-4) were paced by Konen Griffin and T.J. Griggin with two goals apiece.

Knotted at 3-3 in the first, Eisele and Kitchen both found the back of the net to give the Hens a 5-3 advantage. A man up goal pulled the Bearcats within one, 5-4, but the Blue Hens responded with two-straight to take a 7-4 lead into the break.

WOMEN, Wesley 19, Chatham 13: The Wolverines won their 2019 home opener to extend their season-opening win streak to three.

Fallon Fore tied her season-high with six goals in the win. Fore also recorded three draw controls, two ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Brehm tallied four goals, three draw controls, two assists and two ground balls. Kathleen Martin and Kassie Dieter both netted hat tricks for Wesley. Dieter collected a game-high five draw controls and dished out three helpers Martin handed out an assist and scooped up a ground ball.

Bacon tallied three draw controls, two goals and two ground balls. Taylor Speicher chipped in with a goal of her own in the victory.

Wesley took advantage of their free-position attempts, converting 12 shots into nine goals on the afternoon.

On defense, Emily Caldarelli tallied a game-best six ground balls. Maria Rowland recorded 10 saves to help preserve the win for Wesley.

Coastal Carolina 14, Delaware 10: The Hens dropped to 2-4 on the season with the defeat.

Caroline Farley tied a career-high with eight draw controls, a mark good to tie for second in Delaware Stadium history and third in Hens single-game history. The senior also tied a career-high with three goals to go along with one ground ball.

Christine Long added two goals of her own while Mia DeRuggiero dished out a game-best four assists

College baseball

Fairfield 8, Delaware 2: Dover High product Jordan Hutchins belted a home run in the bottom of the first inning to give Delaware an early lead but the Blue Hens could not get much going offensively from there as UD dropped another contest.

Erik Bowren and Joseph Carpenter each finished 2-for-4 at the plate for the Blue Hens while Kevin Mohollen, Hutchins, Vinny Vaccone, Brad Kaden and Austin Colmery added a hit apiece.

Wesley splits vs. CCNY: The Wolverines earned their first win of the season in the nightcap 12-9 after they lost 4-2 in the first game.

William Foster had five RBI in the second game to set a new career-high for the senior. William Musser, Foster and Jordan Marucci all collected two hits in the middle of the lineup. Marucci, Musser and Cory Joines each scored twice in the win.

Dustin Sutton picked up his first collegiate win in four innings of work. David Whitlock shut down the CCNY bats in the seventh to collect his first career save.

DSU swept at UMBC: The Hornets dropped two games to UMBC, falling 10-5 in game one and 3-2 in the nightcap.

Miguel Rivera (Polytech) had two of the Hornets’ nine hits in the first game. Todd Henry homered while Smyrna product Jared Gillis drove in a run.

The Hornets only recorded three hits in the second game and left eight men on base.

Women’s basketball

James Madison 56, Delaware 51: With the loss, the Blue Hens (16-14, 11-6 CAA) lock up the fifth seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Tournament and will face fourth-seeded Towson Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Delaware led by as much as seven in the third quarter, but the top-seeded Dukes (25-4, 17-1 CAA) took advantage of rebounding and free throw opportunities to claim victory.

Bailey Kargo and Lizzie Oleary led the Hens with 12 points apiece while Oleary finished with a team-high seven rebounds.

Samone DeFreese added seven points and six rebounds while Jasmine Dickey contributed six points and six rebounds.

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