(Photo Courtesy of Delaware Athletics)
When the Blue Hens marched onto Delaware Stadium Tuesday night to defend their home turf against a visiting Saint Joseph’s squad, all the talk surrounded the return of Blue Hens stars Charlie Kitchen and Owen Grant after missing the first two contests of the season. But once that opening whistle blew, it didn’t take long before it was clear which player’s name would soon fill the mouths of lacrosse fans everywhere.
The lacrosse world would not be glamorizing over a killer named Kitchen, but punisher from Peterborough.
Mike Robinson scored the first two goals and three of the first four of the game for the Blue Hens. And then he would score again, and again, and again. Robinson eventually found the back of the net seven times in the first half of play and twice in the fourth quarter to end the game with a career and CAA single-game record of nine goals. It’s the most goals scored in a game by a Blue Hen since Hayler Osborn put up nine against Towson in May of 1963.
For as much as Robinson’s performance was astounding and record-setting, the Blue Hens’ 16-13 victory can’t be only attributed to his gaudy number of goals. Tye Kurtz was Delaware’s second-leading scorer with four points (3G/1A). Matt Kilkeary put up a career-high 16 saves in cage and defenseman Owen Grant recorded seven ground balls, five caused turnovers, and had a goal and an assist.
Matt Bohmer tallied four goals and Zach Cole went 23-for-32 (71%) at the faceoff dot to lead the Hawks.
While Delaware was able to get out to a blazing hot start and took a 9-1 lead with 12:43 left in the second, Saint Joseph’s didn’t fold that easy. They soared back into the game, outscoring the Blue Hens 8-6 in the second and third quarters to cut the Delaware lead to 12-7 heading into the fourth.
A three-goal run from the Hawks late in the third and early in the fourth helped to cut the Blue Hens lead down to just three goals (13-10). But while the Hawks appeared to have Delaware on the ropes, they didn’t have enough punches to finish them off.
Robinson broke the nearly ten-minute dry spell for the Blue Hens with two straight midway through the fourth to push their lead back out to six. Tye Kurtz put one away with 4:09 to essentially seal the deal. Saint Joseph’s scored the final two of the game, including a buzzer-beater from Evan Campbell to get the Hawks their 13th of the day and finalize the 16-13 win for Delaware.