No. 19 Hofstra Rolls by No. 20 Delaware in CAA Opener

Senior John Austin scored two goals and Grant Kaleikau dished out two assists, but the No. 20 ranked Blue Hens could not muster any offense in the second half as two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware suffered the setback to No. 19 Hofstra.

Delaware had tied the game for the third time at 5-5 on a man-up score by Johns Mills with 1:06 left in the first half, but Hofstra scored just before the break to go up 6-5 and then outscored the Hens 7-0 in the second half. The Pride notched four extra man goals on the afternoon.

The Blue Hens (3-5, 0-1 CAA) outshot the Pride 39-33, including 18 in the second half, but had nine less groundballs and won just 8 of 21 faceoffs. They dropped their second straight game while Hofstra (3-3,

1-0 CAA), which had played three straight one-goal games, won for the second time in the last three outings.

The Pride avenged two losses to the?Blue Hens a year ago, including a

10-9 setback in the CAA?semifinals at Shuart Stadium. Hofstra went on to lose just three games all season.

Adrian Sorichetti led Hofstra with three goals and two assists while Tyler Begley scored three goals and assisted on another, and Lance Yapor scored twice. Goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden held the Hens in check, posting

13 saves, including nine in the second half.

Mills, playing his first game of the season after missing the previous seven with an injury, also dished out an assist for the Hens with Mark Yetter and Brian Kormandy adding the other goals. Andrew Tanneberger also dished out an assist.

Austin, who missed the start of the season after missing all of last year with an ankle injury and most of the fall with an achilles tendon injury, provided all of Delawares offense in the first quarter as the Hens fell behind 4-2.

Austin opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game before Hofstra reeled off three straight goals. Austin tallied again with 2:00 left in the opening period before a goal by Hofstras Sorichetti pushed the HU?lead to two goals.

But the Blue Hens made up ground in the second quarter as Kormandy and Yetter scored consecutive goals less than two minutes apart to tie the game at 4-4. After Yapor scored to give Hofstra a 5-4 lead, the Hens tied it again at 5-5 on Mills man-up goal with 1:06 remaining.

Hofstra took over from there as Steve Serling scored with just 14 seconds left in the first half to send the Pride into halftime up 6-5, and the Pride outscored the Hens 3-0 in the third quarter and 4-0 in the final stanza.

Delaware will return to action next Saturday, March 24, when the Blue Hens continue CAA action with a 7:30 p.m. game at Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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