CAA Semifinals: Delaware, Towson Put Together Stellar Offensive Performances En Route to Title Game Berths

(Photo Courtesy of Delaware Athletics)

The Delaware Blue Hens were put in a similar situation as they were a year ago. The top seed in the CAA Tournament and on the road against the No. 4 seed. However, the Hens did not falter this time around. In fact, if anything, they excelled.

Delaware put together arguably their best offensive performance this season, knocking off the Drexel Dragons 19-6, to reach the CAA title game for the first time under Ben DeLuca.

The Blue Hens stepped on the gas early and never took their foot off. Up 8-3 at the half, Delaware went on to essentially put this one away in the third quarter as they outscored the the Dragons 7-1 in the frame to push them ahead 15-4 heading into the final frame before putting away their final four goals to end the contest.

Mike Robinson had six goals and JP Ward netted four goals and dished out four assists for eight points. Tye Kurtz has five points off three goals and two assists.

Logan Premtaj went 12-for-16 (75%) at the faceoff dot and Matt Kilkeary made nine saves in cage.

Towson Tops UMass, 18-10

The Towson Tigers utilized two sizable runs to pull away from the UMass Minutemen and secure the 18-10 victory to punch their ticket to the CAA title game.

Towson popped off for five consecutive scores, which included a pair from Kyle Berkeley and Nick DeMaio, and take the 6-2 lead. But where the Tigers really made the difference was in the second half of the contest.

UMass pulled back within one, 8-7, at the half, in part thanks to a Logan Lijeberg score with 16 seconds left in the second quarter. But just as it didn’t take long for the Minutemen to get back into the game, it didn’t take long for the Tigers to pull away once more. And this time, once and fore all.

Sparked by consecutive man-up scores from Andrew Milani and Kyle Berkeley, Towson outscored Drexel 6-0 during the third quarter and added four more scores in the final frame to end the contest on a 10-3 run.

Nick DeMaio led the way for the Tigers with seven points off five goals and two assists. Kyle Berkeley had four points off three goals and one assist. Shane Brennan made seven saves and was pulled late in the fourth.

Caleb Hammett went 19-for-31 at the faceoff dot for UMass.

Delaware and Towson will go head to head in the CAA title game on Saturday at 2pm.

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