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Winged helmets collide: Michigan holds off Delaware in Prime 20 tilt

RYAN GIBB
Employees Reporter

Soaked jerseys. Smeared eye black. Soggy nets. Slick posts. A conflict of yellow with maize and blue with navy. The extremely anticipated blockbuster matchup of Michigan vs. Delaware didn’t disappoint this previous Saturday. 

Coming off an 11-10 loss on the College of Pennsylvania, the then-No. 19 Delaware Blue Hens hosted the then-No. 13 Michigan Wolverines on a misty first Saturday of March. It was fairly the ambiance, with over 1,500 in attendance at Delaware Stadium.

Using a wave of wins over Canisius School, Hobart, Marquette and Jacksonville College, Michigan regarded to construct on its four-game win streak coming into this sport. 

In final yr’s matchup, Michigan defeated Delaware 16-12 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Saturday’s sport had an identical outcome. After each groups felt one another out for almost all of the primary quarter, it was a sport of ebb and circulation. 

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A spotlight of the sport was Delaware’s prolific attackman, senior JP Ward, scoring a hat trick. Pacy junior midfielder Jason Kolar danced down the wing behind the aim and handed it as much as graduate scholar middie Jessen, who then swung it to a hungry Ward. Ward darted round the appropriate aspect of the crease and effortlessly skipped one previous the Wolverines’ undefeated sophomore goalie Hunter Taylor for his third of the sport. A roar from the Delaware trustworthy. 4-2 Blue Hens. 

The lead can be Delaware’s final of the sport. For the wet the rest, the Hens fought to crawl again in opposition to an unyielding, disciplined Wolverine protection and relentless offense. 

The important thing distinction within the matchup lay within the faceoff column. Michigan gained 16 of its 25 faceoff makes an attempt due to senior faceoff man Justin Wietfeldt. The Wolverines merely had extra offensive alternatives and manufacturing due to this edge. 

A brilliant spot was Delaware’s man-up success. Senior midfielder Matt Acchione scored each of Delaware’s man-up targets, virtually in equivalent trend. 

It was senior attackman Michael Boehm who ended the scoreless standstill, placing the Wolverines on the board first with 7:24 left within the first quarter. The lead didn’t final for lengthy as Delaware graduate captain Mike Robinson, the nationwide chief in targets per sport, discovered newcomer middie Tyler Owings by means of a seam within the Wolverine crease, tallying Owings’ second aim of the season.

Ward adopted go well with, slipping in a fast tandem of targets to make it 3-1 Hens. Michigan graduate attackman Justin Tiernan, who scored 4 on this matchup, then made it 3-2 to shut out a really aggressive first quarter.

The second quarter featured the Ward hat trick and a Wolverine offensive takeover from Boehm and junior attackman Ryan Cohen. On the finish of the primary half, it was 6-5 Michigan.

Within the third quarter, Michigan rapidly strung a trio of targets collectively within the first three minutes, with Tiernan finishing the hat trick to make it 9-5 Wolverines. Tiernan then tallied his fourth of the sport to make it 10-5 Michigan.

Delaware wanted to behave earlier than issues acquired out of hand, and that was when Jessen ripped one previous Taylor to chop the result in 10-6. Sophomore midfielder Brendan Powers heroically caught a move from Jessen on the crease, taking a tough hit whereas placing it high shelf to spark some hope for Delaware. Heading into the fourth quarter, Michigan led 11-7. 

Within the fourth, Acchione answered the decision on the man-up as soon as once more, chopping Michigan’s result in 11-8. 

It was Boehm who put the nail within the coffin, notching a hat trick that stifled Delaware’s comeback. It was too little too late for the Hens, leaving the ultimate rating at 13-8 with a Michigan empty-netter.

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The Blue Hens (2-2) hit the street to face a convention foe in Monmouth College (3-2) this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The journey throughout the Delaware Memorial Bridge will probably be Delaware’s first Coastal Athletic Affiliation males’s lacrosse sport this season and its penultimate CAA opener earlier than being uprooted by different Blue Hen sports activities’ transfer to Convention USA in 2025-26.