Men's Lacrosse Travel to Delaware
March 3, 2014
Lafayette returns to action looking to rebound from the 8-6 loss against Army Tuesday evening when the Leopards travel to Newark, Del. to challenge the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware. The 3-2 Blue Hens come in to Tuesday’s game on a two-game win streak with wins over Mt. St. Mary’s and Villanova.
Scouting the Blue Hens
Brian Kormondy and Jackson Finigan lead Delaware with nine points each. Kormondy has five goals and four assists, while Finigan has four goals and five assists. Logan Aunon has a team-high six goals for the Blue Hens. At the faceoff dot Tyler Barbarich has won 67.5 percent (52-77) of his draws, and Tyler Mardian has taken 27 faceoffs winning 17 of them. Barbarich has 30 ground balls, twice as many as any teammate. Conor Peaks has started all five contests between the pipes for Delaware allowing 37 goals and making 58 saves.
The Leopards are coached by Jim Rogalski, who is in his second season on College Hill. Rogalski has a 22-26 career mark after going 18-15 in two seasons at Scranton prior to last season’s 3-10 campaign. Bob Shillinglaw is in his 36th season at the helm of the Delaware program. He has a career 313-285 record.
Lafayette is looking for its second all-time win over Delaware.
The Leopards attack is lead by Brian Bock, who has registered a team high six goals and an assist in three games this season. He is one of 10 players to have registered at least one goal this season. Robert Orazietti has buried four goals of his own. Sonny Round has a team-high three assists and is tied for third with three goals.
Lafayette’s defense has been stingy, making its opponents fight for every goal. As a team the Leopards have caused 17 turnovers and scooped up 67 ground balls. Matt Evans and Mac Ahsler have been key cogs in the defensive machine for Lafayette. Over the last two games, Evans has scoped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Ahsler Ahsler has racked up four ground balls and three caused turnovers in the same span. Jake Hyatt has been impressive between the pipes. Over the last two games he has allowed just 15 goals with 31 saves.
Around the Patriot League
Loyola is ranked fifth in the nation with a 4-1 record, including a 2-0 mark in the Patriot League. Army sits at 3-1 on the season, ranked 20th in the coaches poll and receiving votes in the USILA Poll. Lehigh is ranked 16th in the nation with their 4-1 mark, its only loss came at the hands of Loyola. 3-1 Colgate and 2-2 Bucknell are both receiving votes in the polls. Navy sits at 2-2, while Boston University (0-5) and Holy Cross (0-4) round out the Patriot League standings.
The Leopards are back in action on Friday when they travel to Annapolis to take on the Midshipmen of Navy.