CAA Championship: Kurtz’ Big Day Helps Delaware Past Towson

(Photo Courtesy of Delaware Athletics)

The Delaware Blue Hens are CAA champions for the fourth time in program history. It marks the first time since 2011 and first time under Ben DeLuca that the Blue Hens have stood on top of their conference.

After a 19-6 victory in Thursday’s semifinal win over Drexel, the Blue Hens’ offense had another strong day on Saturday in their 11-6 defeat of the Towson Tigers.

In the win, it was Tye Kurtz who emerged as the hero. The senior from Ontario put up five points off three goals and two assists on Thursday and this afternoon scored six goals to lead the way for the Blue Hens.

Kurtz bookended the first quarter with the first and final goal of the frame, helping Delaware to an early 5-3 lead. He then added three more before the half was over and the Blue Hens headed into the locker room up 8-4 and seemingly in control of the game. But Kurtz’s most memorable goal was his sixth of the day, which came at the 3:34 mark of the third quarter and was the lone score of the frame.

Getting the rock behind the cage at X, he curled around the crease with and stretched his stick around Towson goalie Shane Brennan, putting in the highlight-reel score to tie the CAA Tournament record for goals in a game.

The score pushed the Blue Hens ahead 9-4. They would go on to score twice more in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

In both the third and fourth quarter, Towson go off a combined 20 shots (10 per quarter) and put only seven on cage. Matt Kilkeary stopped five of those, making all but one of his six saves in the second half of the contest.

Logan Premtaj dominated the faceoff dot, going 12-for-19 (63%) at the dot.

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