Local roundup: Blue Hen men’s basketball team picked to finish 7th in CAA

Shane Massey sprints down the home stretch on his way to a first-place finish. Lake Forest High’s boys’ cross country team picked up a 27-30 win over Milford High and dropped a 31-26 loss to Indian River High in Wednesday afternoon’s cross country tri-meet at Milford Millponds Nature Preserve Center. Lake senior Massey placed first overall, finishing in 17:27 — 31 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher Patrick Spencer (17:58) from IR. Indian River’s Declan Burke placed third with a time of 18:47. The Milford girls picked up a pair of wins, defeating Lake 18-43 and Indian River 25-31. Lake freshman Josephine Ledford placed first in the girls race, finishing in 20:31. Milford freshmen Alex Herber and Paige Thompson finished second and third, respectively. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

Lake’s Josephine Ledford places first in the girls’ race, finishing in 20:31.

Delaware was predicted to finish seventh as the Colonial Athletic Association held its Media Day for men’s basketball on Wednesday.

Also for the Blue Hens, sophomore guard Ryan Allen and senior forward Eric Carter were named CAA Preseason Honorable Mention.

Allen, last year’s CAA Rookie of the Year, ranked second on the Hens with a 15.3 scoring average and tied the UD single-season record by hitting 86 three-pointers. He reached double figures in all but five games in which he appeared, including 16 straight from Jan. 7 through Mar. 3.

Carter was fourth on the team by scoring 11.0 points per game a year ago, while leading the team and ranking third in the CAA with a 9.1-rebound average. Carter’s 59.3 field-goal percentage was third best in the CAA, while he ranked among league leaders in blocked shots.

Northeastern was picked to win the league, followed by Charleston, Hofstra and William & Mary. The Hens open the season on Nov. 6 at Maryland.

College field hockey

Neumann 2, Wesley 1, OT: The Knights posted the Atlantic East win with an overtime goal at the 79:31 mark.

Kasey Fry (Milford) knotted the score for Wesley with a second-half goals. Goalies Lauren Berry Sidney Knott combined for four saves, Neumann held advantages of 13-8 in shots and 8-3 in corners.

Hens’ Rhodes honored: Posting two shutouts in two games earned Delaware senior goalie Sydney Rhodes CAA Field Hockey Player of the Week accolades for the first time in her career.

Rhodes put in back-to-back shutout performances against No. 20 Virginia and Penn at home over the weekend. She faced seven shots in each game and secured three saves versus each opponent.

College soccer

MEN, Wesley 1, Immaculata 0: Luis Cruz chipped a shot over the goalie from 12 yards out to score the game’s only goal in the 88th minute.

Kyle Springteen had a pair of saves for the Wolverines, who held advantages of 12-5 in shots and 5-3 in corner kicks.

WOMEN, Wesley 4, Immaculata 4: Mackenzie Forsythe scored another hat trick as the Wolverines forged the Atlantic East tie.

Forsythe netted two goals in the final seven minutes of regulation to rally Wesley from a 4-2 deficit. Caitlynn Shacklock scored the Wolverines’ first goal while goalies Emily Magness and Isabelle Fabris combined to make eight saves.

Yale 6, Delaware State 2: The Hornets tallied a pair of second-half goals in the nonconference loss.

College volleyball

Marymount 3, Wesley 0: The Wolverines fell to the Saints, 25-16, 25-17, 25-10, in Atlantic East Conference action.

Regan Healey recorded 10 kills and eight digs for Wesley. It was Healey’s third consecutive game and 13th overall with 10 or more kills.

Lindsay Burg dished out a team-high 20 assists. Elianneth Rosado dug out a career-high nine attacks.

La Salle 3, Delaware 1: The Hornets forced a fourth set, but couldn’t complete the comeback on Tuesday evening.

The Explorers won the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-11, before the Hornets stayed alive in the match with a 25-21 win in set three. La Salle rebounded to win the fourth set 25-18 to claim the match win.

Devin Ruble led Delaware State with 11 kills, while Caroline Rakoski contributed 10. DSU’s Nia Scott also tied for the match high with 15 digs and Milexa Cardona led the Hornets with 32 assists.

Field hockey

Delmar 9, Woodbridge 0: Nine different players scored goals as the undefeated Wildcats (12-0) posted their 11th shutout of the season.
Woodbridge’s Katie Adams made 36 saves.

Holly Grove Christian, Md. 13, St. Thomas More 0: Holly Grove scored eight second-half goals in finishing off the Ravens.

Sussex Tech 2, Dover 0: In a game played Tuesday, Lilly Short and Taylor Wroten tallied first-half goals to pace the Ravens.

Kayla Brady made five saves for Sussex Tech, which finished with advantages of 18-6 in shots and 6-5 in corners.

Kyra Woodard made 10 saves for the Senators.

Boys’ soccer

Sussex Central 3, Laurel 0: The Golden Knights netted a pair of second-half goals to close out the win.

Jerry Velasquez-Mazariegos, Kel Ordonez-Garcia and Johnny Garcia all scored goals while Watson Dorsinvil made eight saves. Central outshot the Bulldogs, 17-8.

Jailon Gillespie made 14 saves for Laurel.

Volleyball

Christiana 3, Woodbridge 0: The Vikings downed the Raiders by scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-23.

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