No. 12 Delaware Holds off Upset-Minded Butler, 7-6

NEWARK, DE -- Redshirt freshman Beau Davis (Broadneck/Annapolis, MD) scored three goals, including one with 9:35 left to play to give Delaware some breathing room as the No. 12 ranked Blue Hens held back upset-minded Butler for a 7-6 men's lacrosse victory Saturday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.

The Blue Hens, ranked No. 12 in the USILA poll and No. 9 in this week's Inside Lacrosse poll, bounced back from their first loss of the season Wednesday when they dropped an 11-5 decision to No. 8 Georgetown.

Delaware improved to 8-1 overall this season and remained unbeaten at home with a 5-0 mark. Dan Deckelbaum (Owings Mills/Owings Mills, MD) added two goals, Jordan Hall contributed a goal and two assists, and Marty Kupprion had a goal and an assist to lead the Blue Hens. Delaware won despite being outshot 34-31 and committing 34 turnovers.

Blue Hen goalkeeper Tommy Scherr came up with 11 saves, including stopping a point blank shot by Jeremy Sieverts on the final play of the game to preserve the win. Alex Smith continued his outstanding play on faceoffs by winning 14 of 16 for the game. Cam Howard also dished out an assist for the Hens, extended his streak for scoring at least one point in game to 13 over two seasons.

Butler, whose only win this season was a victory over a Bucknell team that this past week upset top-ranked Maryland, fell to 1-4 on the season with their second straight loss. Sieverts led the Bulldogs with three goals and an assist while Cliff Smith added a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Ryan Kaiser stopped nine shots. Butler was also hurt by 26 turnovers.

Turnovers dominated the opening half as Delaware took a 3-1 lead on goals by Davis, Kupprion, and Deckelbaum. Deckelbaum's goal with 5:10 left in the second quarter was the only goal of the stanza.

Both offenses heated up in the second half on the cold and windy day as Butler knotted the score at 3-3 with 7:05 left in the third quarter on scores by Smith and Phil Brauch. But the Hens regained control with a three-goal spurt as Hall scored with 4:04 left in the stanza, Deckelbaum scored off a rebound with 2:17 remaining, and Davis scored a man-up goal just 25 seconds into the final period for a 6-3 lead.

But Butler rallied again as Sieverts scored two goals less than four minutes apart, the second with 10:36 remaining to narrow the Delaware margin to 6-5. Davis gave the Hens some insurance with his goal off a feed from Kupprion with 9:35 left to up the UD margin to 7-5. Butler cut the lead to 7-6 on Sievert's third goal of the quarter with 6:11 remaining, but neither team scored again.

The Bulldogs gained possession with one minute left after a turnover by Delaware and called two timeout to set up a final play. Sieverts took a pass with three seconds left and fired a point-blank shot at Scherr from 10 yards out but the UD netminder made the save to end the game.
Scoring Summary:

Butler - Jeremy Sieverts - 3, Cliff Smith, Adam Wade, Phil Brauch.
Delaware - Beau Davis - 3, Dan Deckelbaum - 2, Jordan Hall, Marty Kupprion.

Butler - Steve Forsythe, Doug Mathias, Jeremy Sieverts, Cliff Smith.
Delaware - Jordan Hall - 2, Cam Howard, Marty Kupprion.

Shots: B - 34, D - 31
Saves: B - 9 (Ryan Kaiser), D - 11 (Tommy Scherr)
Groundballs: B - 32, D - 34
Faceoffs: B - 2, D - 14
Clears: B - 17 of 26, D - 14 of 18
Extra Man Goals: B - 3 for 9, D - 3 for 5
Penalties: B - 5 for 4:00, D - 9 for 8:00
Turnovers: B - 26, D - 34
Attendance: 555.


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