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Coming off of match success, Delaware males’s lacrosse has all eyes on 2023

BY RYAN GIBB
Employees Reporter

Coming off of a gritty, completed 13-6 season, coach Ben DeLuca and his boys plan on returning with that very same power and taking their success to a different stage of their 2023 season.

Final spring, Delaware males’s lacrosse peaked after they defeated No. 2 Georgetown within the NCAA match and superior to the quarterfinals the place they misplaced to No. 7 Cornell. 

Within the offensive finish, JP Ward, Mike Robinson, Tye Kurtz and Clay Miller have been key contributors to final season’s success, whereas defensemen Owen Grant, Joe Speers and Kevin Lynch held down the again finish. All of them hope to make an influence once more this season.

“[The] power is great,” DeLuca stated. “We’ve a tight-knit group of teammates who’re in lockstep pursuit of greatness.”

DeLuca famous that midfielder Brendan Powers, attackman Finn Morgan and defenseman Patrick Gillin have impressed as newcomers this preseason and look to earn minutes within the spring. 

As for the person between the pipes, graduate pupil Matt Kilkeary, who collected 149 saves in 16 video games final season, will get the nod once more for this season.

Goalie Matt Kilkeary (above), who had 14 saves in final season’s NCAA match upset over No. 2 Georgetown, will anchor the Blue Hens’ defensive effort as soon as once more this yr.
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A ten-8 loss towards a tricky Cornell group within the NCAA quarterfinals ended the Blue Hens’ 2022 season, however has definitely ignited a peaceful but hungry fireplace throughout the group’s holdovers from final yr’s roster.

Whereas DeLuca famous that the group is wanting sharp and cohesive, he emphasised that enhancements have to be made for them to get to the place they wish to be. 

“I feel we will enhance in each side,” DeLuca stated. “Consistency is an enormous a part of it … Regardless that we performed at a considerably increased stage final yr, we discuss loads to our guys that have is sweet, nevertheless it’s not a assure for something … Yesterday’s wins don’t earn victories in immediately’s competitions.” 

DeLuca stated that he has seen substantial enhancements throughout the offseason, and indicators of an important tradition heading into the 2023 season. 

Him and his gamers have made it a mission to mould a tradition that strives for excellence each on and off the sphere. 

“We’ve labored extraordinarily exhausting for the final 6 years to create and spend money on a tradition of greatness, considered one of sustained success,” DeLuca stated. “We’ve established fairly clear-cut requirements for our guys on and off the sphere … Our younger males have finished an important job of investing in [themselves] and residing by these values on a regular basis.

“It’s necessary to them not simply to achieve success on the sphere however to do actually good issues within the classroom, to be priceless members of the neighborhood, excellent younger males. We discuss loads about character, integrity, self-discipline and love in our program.”

The management from the older guys, particularly from the captains – Grant, the CAA Preseason Participant of the Yr, Robinson and Lynch – has been paramount in instilling this tradition that DeLuca refers to as “exemplary.” 

It appears that evidently this “selfless” group of men have the instruments to succeed and make massive strides this season, residing as much as the hype of 2022’s Cinderella run within the match.

Ranked No. 1 within the CAA preseason polls and No. 12 within the Inside Lacrosse nationwide rankings, Delaware will face the likes of Villanova, Drexel, Johns Hopkins and Hofstra this season.

DeLuca and his Blue Hens gear up for his or her first recreation at Lafayette on Feb. 11 earlier than they host St. John’s for his or her first house recreation on Feb. 18.