Roundup: Towson ends Hens’ 4-game win streak in mens’ lacrosse

No. 14 Towson built a six-goal lead and then held on to down 20th-ranked Delaware, 14-12, in their CAA men’s lacrosse showdown on Saturday at Delaware Stadium.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Blue Hens (3-1 CAA, 10-3 overall).

Trailing 13-7, Delaware reeled four straight goals to get back within 13-11 with eight minutes left. But the Tigers’ defense turned the Hens away before a Towson goal with 5:57 remaining gave it back a three-goal advantage.

A goal from Delaware’s Joe Eisele with 22 seconds remaining accounted for the final score.

“Credit to Towson, they’re an incredibly talented team and they took advantage of some undisciplined and uncharacteristic play from us,” said UD coach Ben DeLuca said. “I thought our adrenaline really carried us and got us going early on. But after the half, I thought it played against us and forced into those mistakes which Towson took advantage of.”

Seniors Dean DiSimone and Eisele led the Hens with four goals apiece, while junior Charlie Kitchen extended his goal-scoring streak to 30 consecutive games, which tied a school record. Senior Jackson Finigan added a goal and an assist off the bench.

Goalie Matt DeLuca made eight saves.

Wesley 21, La Roche 2: The Wolverines’ 21-goal performance was their most goals scored in a game since 2015.

Zach Farnell and Leo Kelly led all scorers with five goals apiece. Kelly recorded five assists, three ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Adam Tewey and Kyle Mackall-Lloyd scored four goals each. Tewey added a game-best six assists. Along with his first collegiate goal, Joshua Short caused a game-high 10 turnovers and scooped up a team-best 10 ground balls.

WOMEN, Wofford 19, Delaware State 6: Freshman Emmy McGill had a career-high three goals to lead the Hornets in the loss.

She is second for DelState (0-5 SoConn, 1-10 overall) with nine goals and 10 points this season.

College softball

Delaware State 6, Norfolk State 1: Brianna Baker tossed a complete game and Jade King smacked her first career home run to lead the Hornets to the MEAC North victory.

The Hornets avoided a sweep in the three-game series and snapped a 12-game losing streak to improve to 7-30 overall and 4-8 in the MEAC. The Spartans fell to 23-16 and 10-2.

Baker (4-17) allowed seven hits and walked one. The Hornets also turned two double plays.

The score was 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Jasmine Melgoza singled home Tiffany Diao and Carissa Thorne to give DSU a 3-1 lead.

UNC-Wilmington 7, Delaware 5: The Blue Hens scored the first five runs of the game but UNCW rallied with two big innings to pull out the CAA win.

Six players recorded a hit for Delaware (5-10 CAA, 19-24 overall) while Reyna de Jesus drove home two and Brittney Mendoza scored twice.

College golf

Hens still fifth in CAAs: Delaware remains in fifth place while freshman Matt Pulgini is tied for fifth following Saturday’s second round at the CAA Men’s Golf Championship.

After carding a 295 score during Friday’s opening round, the Blue Hens fired a 298 on Saturday to end the day in fifth place out of nine schools with a 593 total. Charleston leads the field at 585.

Pulgini shot a one over par 72 during his second round on the par 71, 7,088-yard Pinehurst No. 8 course, and is tied for fifth place with a three over par 73-72-145.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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