Midweek Preview: Two Wednesday Games, Duke and Loyola Square Off on Thursday

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While Tuesday presented a lot of college lacrosse action there is even more this week. On Tuesday there will be two games that should be pretty good. On Thursday night we have a big time matchup between top 10 teams. 

Wednesday, March 6th

Delaware vs Mercer – 2:00pm (Stream)

The Blue Hens come into this home matchup against Mercer looking to get back to their winning way’s after taking their first loss against Villanova last weekend. The Hens have been very good on both ends with Charlie Kitchen leading their offense with 18 points (10G,8A). Matt DeLuca has been standing on his head early this season, making 70 saves and allowing an average of 7 goals a game. For Mercer it’s a different story as they have been struggling, still searching for their first win. On offense Sean Goldsmith has been a bright spot with 11 points (6G,5A) on the season, thus far. In goal Josh Tarver has started every game, with Bradley Hodoval getting playing time in three of their four games. While the Bears have been close and are building, they haven’t found a win yet, and will be looking to upset Delaware just as they did in 2018. 

Air Force vs Detroit Mercy – 3:00pm (Stream)

It should be a good one as the Falcons welcome in the Titans for an afternoon showdown. The Falcons come into this one trying to stay on track after their win against Canisius last weekend. The Falcons have been sort of up-and-down this season with some good wins, but also some questionable performances. The Falcons have been led on offense by Trey Lervick with 15 points (11G,4A) thus far. On defense they have been anchored by goalie Braden Host who has been pretty solid with 42 saves. For Detroit Mercy they are coming off of two close wins against Marquette and Bellarmine over the past two weeks. They have looked good, but have also had their woes, particularly on the defensive end of the field. The Titans have been led on  offense by Matthew Vangalen with 18 points (10G,8A). Logan Shamblin has anchored the Titans defense in cage, racking up 42 saves on the season, thus far. This is one that could easily be an offensive showdown on Wednesday, but could also be a defensive battle as well. 

Thursday, March 7th

Duke vs Loyola – 7:00pm (ESPNU)

This is going to be a good one for sure. Pat Spencer and the Loyola Greyhounds will travel to Durham, NC for what could be one of the best midweek games of the week, going up against the Duke Blue Devils. The Loyola offense will most likely have to find a way to work with the defense attempting to shut down Spencer. Kevin Lindley and Chase Scanlan, and others will certainly have to step up in this game if the Duke defense does play Spencer as tight as Towson did last week. On the defensive side of the ball Jake Stover can’t do it all in goal.

The guys out in front of the cage will have to step up and can’t allow those easy looks like we have seen in the past. Duke’s offense has been firing on al cylinders this entire season, with a few exceptions. Brad Smith, Joe Robertson, Jake Seau, and company will need to be on point in this game. If the right Loyola defense shows up the Blue Devils could have some trouble, especially with Stover in cage. Turner Upgren will have to be very good in cage as well, with an offense like Loyola shooting on him all day long. This is going to be a fun one as both teams will most certainly be looking for a big win on Thursday night in primetime. 



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