Local roundup: DSU women eliminated at MEAC tourney, Hens fall in men’s lacrosse

Delaware State’s season came to an end with a 77-60 loss to No. 7 Maryland Eastern Shore in the MEAC women’s basketball tournament at Norfolk Scope Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

The 10th-seeded Hornets (6-24) had control early, taking a 19-9 lead on a Genell Addison layup at the 2:19 mark. But the Hawks answered with a 13-4 run, cutting the lead to 23-22 with 7:02 left in the second quarter after a jumper from MEAC Rookie of the Year Bairesha Gill-Miles.

Still, the Hornets held onto the lead, taking a 33-27 advantage into halftime after a Ryan Jones three-pointer.

In the second half, however, UMES outscored Delaware State, 50-27, to eventually pull away.

NaJai Pollard led the Hornets with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

College lacrosse

MEN, Mercer 10, Delaware 8: The Blue Hens’ fourth-quarter rally came up short in the loss to a feisty Mercer team on a cold afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

Sophomore Bryce Reid and Charlie Kitchen both had two goals and two assists to pace Delaware, while seniors Will Hirschmann and Dean DiSimone added two goals apiece.

Defensively, junior Austin Haynes had five caused turnovers and three groundballs, while classmate Jake Hervada won 11 of 18 faceoffs and picked up seven groundballs.

The Hens trailed 9-5 with 6:05 remaining. Hirschmann sparked a rally with two goals in two minutes to make it 9-7. After a face-off win from freshman Joe Lenskold, the Hens moved the ball around and Kitchen fired one home just eight seconds after Hirschmann’s second goal to make it a one-goal game.

But Mercer scored an insurance goal with 1:27 left to secure the victory.

College golf

Hens finish 7th in tourney: The Delaware women’s golf squad fired its lowest team round of the tournament on Tuesday, moving up three spots to finish seventh at the UNF Collegiate.

Delaware, which carded a 294, finished in seventh place out of 17 teams with an 896 three-round total. Old Dominion captured the team title with an 864 score.

Blue Hen sophomore Ariane Klotz shot a three-over par 75 on the par 72, 5,926-yard Jacksonville Golf & Country Club course, as she tied for sixth place with a one over par 71-71-75-217.

Hen men put two in top 10: Blaine Lafferty and R.J. Wren each finished among the top 10 individuals while the Delaware men’s golf squad placed fifth in the team standings at the Bash at the Beach tournament.

Delaware carded its third straight sub-300 round during Tuesday’s final round, finishing fifth out of nine teams with a 297-295-289-881.

Lafferty fired an even-par 71 on the par 71, 6,741-yard course at The Surf Golf and Beach Club, as he tied for seventh place with a one-over par 69-74-71-214. Wren, playing as an individual, shot a one over par 72 during his final round to tie for ninth place with a three over par 73-71-72-216.

College softball

Burton paces Wildcats to split: With Rosa’Lynn Burton leading the way, Wilmington defeated No. 6 West Virginia Wesleyan, 8-0, before falling to Le Moyne, 2-0.

Burton, a Caesar Rodney High grad, hit a solo homerun in the opener to spark a four-run fifth inning. The sophomore outfielder went 3-for-3 with the homer and two runs scored.

Burton was the only Wildcat with hits against Le Moyne, going 2-for-3 in the contest.

College lacrosse

UD’s Gohsler honored: Delaware senior captain Becky Gohsler was named the CAA Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week.

The midfielder collected eight draw controls, nine ground balls, four caused turnovers and four goals as Delaware split the week against Monmouth and Georgetown.

Gohsler leads the Hens (2-3) with 22 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers and is second with 13 ground balls, nine points and three assists. Her 2.4 caused turnovers are good for 14th nationally.

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