Saint Joseph's Suffers CAA Loss to Delaware

PHILADELPHIA Despite holding a 2-1 lead heading into the final minutes of the first period, Saint Joseph's fell to a 9-2 Delaware run as the Hawks dropped a CAA match-up to the Blue Hens, 11-6, on Saturday afternoon on Finnesey Field. With the loss, SJU stands at 5-8 overall and 1-4 in CAA play.

Freshman midfielder Bryan Garrahan (Chester Heights, Pa./Archmere Academy (Del.)) played a significant role in the Hawks' first-period offensive success. On the offensive end, the rookie netted the first goal of the game at the 12:05 mark.

After a Delaware tally tied the score at one goal apiece, Garrahan hustled after his own shot that deflected off the post to earn a second possession for the Hawks. In that same possession, junior midfielder Jake Hall (Summit, N.J./Summit) registered his first goal of the season to give SJU the 2-1 advantage at the 4:24 mark of the first.

Delaware (5-8, 1-3 CAA) responded with five straight goals that spanned the remainder of the first and early into the second to take a 6-2 lead (11:11).

Sophomore attack Matthew Sarcona (Northport, N.Y./Northport) recorded SJU's next two goals late in the second (4:46) and early in the third (11:13) with a Blue Hen goal sandwiched in between to pull the Hawks to within three, 7-4.

Despite late-fourth period goals from the freshman/sophomore attack duo of Pat Swanick (Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) and Kyle Bruun (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga (D.C.)) (8:48. 1:09), Delaware would tack on four more goals two in the third and two in the fourth to take the 11-6 victory.

Sarcona's two goals and Hall's one-goal, one-assist effort led the Hawks' offense while Bruun's tally was the first of his collegiate career. On the defensive side, sophomore Will Farrell (Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) picked up five ground balls and caused one turnover. Senior captain Ted Hospodar (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) took over the face-off late in the game, going 4 of 10 (.400) from the X.

Sophomore goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) (5-8, 1-4 CAA) made 13 saves in a full 60:00.

For the game, Delaware held an advantage in shots (40-27) and ground balls (32-16) and went 16 of 21 from the faceoff. Both the Hawks and Blue Hens turned the ball over 12 times.

The Hawks return to action next Saturday at Michigan. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware took control early by scoring five straight goals in the first half and rolled to an 11-6 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Saint Joseph's Saturday afternoon at Finnesey Field.

The Blue Hens (5-8, 1-3 CAA) captured their first CAA victory of the season and extended their winning streak to three games as Nick Diachenko, Brian Kormondy, and Danny Keane each scored two goals and freshman goalkeeper Conor Peaks continued his outstanding play in the nets with 12 saves.

Delaware sophomore Tyler Barbarich continued to star on faceoffs for the Hens as he won 16 of 21 draws and picked up eight groundballs to help Delaware dominate possession.

Diachenko added two assists, Keane handed out one, and Tom  Holland, Ian Robertson, and Eric Smith each contributed a goal and an assist to lead a balanced effort.

With the victory, the Blue Hens kept their CAA Tournament playoff hopes alive. Delaware has two regular season games left on the schedule, including a home game vs. Penn State next Saturday evening at Delaware Stadium.

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