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Up 12-11 with just seconds left on the clock, the Delaware Blue Hens made one final defensive stand that ended with a caused turnover from Owen Grant to secure the victory and move to 3-0 on the season.
That game-winning stop came just over two minutes after the Hawks had made it a one-goal game once again off a man-up goal from Mac McLaughlin. It was one of three man-up goals for the Hawks in the second half, two of which came from Tucker Brown and were part of the Hawks’ four-goal run in the third quarter that gave them a 10-9 lead late in the frame. Brown ended with a hat trick on the day while Matt Bohmer, who’s goals started that run, led the way for the Saint Joseph’s offense with six points off three goals and three assists.
Delaware answered that third-quarter Saint Joseph’s run with three straight goals of their own to take back the lead, 12-10. The Blue Hens also put together a big run in the first half after initially trailing 4-1 late in the first. A 7-1 run to end the half, which included six straight goals from the 3:58 mark in the first through the 5:32 mark in the second, helped Delaware head into the half with an 8-5 advantage.
Clay Miller had five goals to lead the Delaware offense. Three of those came during the Blue Hens’ big first-half run. Matt Kilkeary anchored the Hens defense for the majority of the game with six saves in 41 minutes of action. Freshman Paul Reidy played the final 18:15 of the game and made five saves.
Saint Joseph’s Zach Cole went 69% of the faceoff dot, going 18-for-26.
Towson Downs Mount St. Mary’s
After finding themselves down 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, the Towson Tigers outscored the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers 11-5 in the final three quarters of play to secure the 13-8 home victory.
The Tigers led just 6-4 at the half before really catching fire and putting things away with a six-goal run from 7:16 in the third through 12:14 in the fourth to get ahead by eight (13-5) and essentially put things away. Kyle Berkeley, James Avanzanto, and Nick DeMaio were involved on five of those six goals. The trio put up 13 points on the day to headline this Tigers offense.
Berkeley (1G/4A) and Avanzanto (3G/2A) each had five points whole DeMaio had a hat trick. Shane Brennan made 12 saves (eight in the first half) to anchor the Towson defense.
Griffin McGinley had 15 saves to highlight the Mountaineers’ performance, which included seven saves in the first quarter alone.
Jacksonville Takes Down Mercer in Savannah, Ga.
In a neutral site non-conference game between two SoCon foes, the Jacksonville Dolphins took down the Mercer Bears 21-12.
Mercer was able to keep things close early in the contest, tying things up at 3-3 off a Carl Klepper goal with 3:22 remaining in the opening frame. However, a Max Waldbaum goal with 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter made it a one-goal (4-3) Jacksonville lead once again. Waldbaum’s goal, which would be the fourth of his five-goal performance, sparked a 9-1 Dolphins run that lasted through the 10:33 mark in the third and put John Galloway’s squad firmly in the drivers seat.
Jacksonville held a 16-8 advantage heading into the fourth and final quarter. They put in five more in the final 15 minutes of play to take home the nine-goal victory.
Waldbaum and Jacob Greiner each had six points off five goals and one assist to lead the way for the Dolphins’ offense. Luke Millican made 14 saves in cage.
Sean Goldsmith netted a hat trick to lead the way for Mercer while Ashton Wood dominated the faceoff dot, going 26-for-34 (76%).
These two will meet on April 23rd in what will be the regular season finale for both.
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