Balanced Offense, Faceoff Success Leads Mount St. Mary’s Past Delaware in Season-Opener

(Photo Courtesy of Mount St. Mary’s Athletics)

In what was the season-opener for both teams following each of their games getting cancelled on Saturday, the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers took down the Delaware Blue Hens 10-7.

Delaware came into the game limited with attackmen Charlie Kitchen, Tye Kurtz, Mike Robinson, faceoffman Jake Hervada, and multiple key members of the Blue Hens’ defense out due to COVID protocols. The absence of those key players was evident, especially early on.

Mount St. Mary’s outshot Delaware 23-11 and won the ground ball battle 20-11 in the first half alone. They also had five turnovers to Delaware’s 10 in the first half of play.

Those lapses from the Blue Hens led to the Mountaineer’s being able to go on a six-goal run, which saw six different goal scorers, from 11:41 in the first to the 7:29 mark in the second to take a 6-1 lead. Clay Miller ended the drought for Delaware late in the second on a power play (man-up) opportunity. However, Noah Daniels got his second of the day just minutes later to put the Mountaineers up 7-2 heading into the half.

Early in the third, Luke Frankeny pushed the Mount St. Mary’s lead out to six-goals (7-2). But it didn’t take long for Delaware to start to find some rhythm and creep in on the Mountaineers lead. The Blue Hens went on a 5-2 run from 11:24 in the third through the final horn. Mark Bieda had two goals during that run.

With 11:15 in the fourth, Nick Jessen was able to cut the Mountaineers lead to just three goals, but Brendan Doyle answered just minutes later to stretch the lead back to four. Bieda scored the final goal of the game, which ended a nearly eight minute dry spell for the Blue Hens that essentially took the wind out of their sails and dispelled any hope of a complete comeback.

Luke Frankeny, Brendan Doyle, and Noah Daniels each had a pair of goals to lead Mount St. Mary’s. Sam Stephan went 14-for-21 (66%) at the faceoff dot and Dylan Furnback recorded 10 saves.

JP Ward and Mark Bieda each had two goals to lead Delaware. Justin Scott also had two assists in the contest. Matt Kilkeary made 17 saves in his first career start.

Mount St. Mary’s moves to 1-0 on the season and will face Navy on the road Saturday. Delaware also hits the road, again, this weekend as they are set to face NJIT on Saturday.

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