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The Weekend in Stick: Spring Sport

"The Weekend in Stick": It's exactly what it sounds like -- a recapitulation of this weekend's most notable. No doink.

Jim McIsaac

This will look a little different as the season progresses, but you get the idea. It will appear on Mondays, but with only two games this weekend, the feature is truncated this week.

Delaware Obliterates High Point
It was arguably the marquee game of the weekend: Delaware, looking to assert its position in the Division I hierarchy after a few seasons of less-than-stellar results, hosted High Point, a program that earned one of the most stunning wins of the 2013 season with a defeat of Towson in only its second game ever. Conditions were ripe for an upset-that-wouldn't-have-been-an-upset, but the Blue Hens weren't having any of that nonsense on Saturday in Newark.

After rushing out to a three-goal lead after the first quarter, Delaware weathered a somewhat interesting charge from High Point early in the second stanza, seeing the Panthers pull within two goals with about five minutes to go before intermission. With just under 3:30 to play in the half, though, Delaware punched the accelerator: A two-goal run prior to halftime whistle gave the Blue Hens a 6-2 lead at the break, and a 2-0 streak over the third period extended Delaware's lead to an insurmountable six-goal margin. Dan Lomas would get High Point on the board early in the fourth quarter, but consecutive tallies from the Hens with about nine minutes to play in regulation -- goals that came within eight seconds of each other -- eventually gave Delaware its 10-3 win.

The Blue Hens got all kinds of production from its starting midfield, a full seven points between Connor McRoy (1G, 2A), Steve Delargy (2G), and Brian Kormondy (1G, 1A). High Point had no answer for Delaware's defense or Conor Peaks, who stymied Lomas to the tune of just one goal on 11 -- 11!!!! -- shots. Here's a truncated advanced box score:

Offensive Efficiency 11.54 33.33
Raw Offensive Shooting Rate 9.38% 23.81%
Possession Margin -4 +4
"Run-of-Play" Work Rate 37.50 33.93
Turnovers per 100 Offensive Opportunities 73.08 56.67
Team Save Percentage 56.52% 83.33%

Furman Fades in Debut Against Lehigh
Lehigh-Furman as told through the "Oh, Crap! Scale":

  • End Q1: Lehigh 2; Furman 2: "Oh, Crap!" An honest statement of shock. Lehigh, a strong competitor in the Patriot League, was expected to hit Furman with shots and awe early, cruising to an easy victory in South Carolina. Furman had different plans after rallying from an early 0-2 hole to knot the scoreboard at the end of the first period.
  • End Q2: Lehigh 6; Furman 3: "Medium Oh, Crap!" A three-goal run to start the second quarter gave the Mountain Hawks a 5-2 advantage, but the Paladins were able to stop the bleeding with a Clay Adams tally -- his second of the day -- at the 3:32 mark. A Patrick Corbett dinger with just seven seconds remaining in the half was the difference between Furman entering the half down two instead of three.
  • End Q3: Lehigh 10; Furman 4: "No Crap" Furman was first on the board in the second half, but four unanswered goals from the Mountain Hawks turned the game into the expected nuclear fall-out zone it was expected to be.
  • End Q4: Lehigh 13; Furman 6: "Scale Retired Until Next Week" Ty Souders registering an assist for Lehigh was the highlight of the final period.

Offensive Efficiency 40.63 25.00
Raw Offensive Shooting Rate 30.95% 40.00%
Possession Margin +8 -8
"Run-of-Play" Work Rate 53.57 32.14
Turnovers per 100 Offensive Opportunities 34.38 62.50
Team Save Percentage 50.00% 48.00%

There is no elsewhere this week, college boy.

Your best individual performances from the weekend:

  • Backstop Circus: Peaks went the full 60 minutes for Delaware and put 15 saves into the score sheet while holding a ridiculous save percentage. It is totally unreasonable to believe that he will do that each and every week, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that Peaks withstood tracer fire and now has a story to tell to eager women.
  • Five Goal Club: Nobody. Everyone needs to take a lap.
  • The Lyle Thompson Prism of Doom Award: Lehigh's Cody Ferraro takes home top honors this week. The senior midfielder had three goals and an assist this weekend (an ultra-efficient performance in the overall), matching his total point output from 2013. Enjoy whatever gift basket you choose from Edible Arrangements.

Do you have anything else to add from this weekend? The comments, they are yours.