Delaware Prevails in Battle of Top 20 DI Teams

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

The #18 John’s Hopkins Blue Jays (4-5) ventured into Delaware Stadium to battle the #20 Fightin’ Blue Hens of Delaware (6-2).

A true heavyweight battle which neither team could achieve more than a three goal lead, saw Delaware score twice in the final three minutes to walk away with 12-10 victory.

Mike Robinson (5g) led the way for Delaware with Tye Kurtz adding a four point game which included three goals.

To the Game

The Fightin’ Blue Hens scored the only goals of the opening stanza with Nick Jessen hitting Tye Kurtz at the 8:46 mark.

At 5:52, Robinson started his huge day off a JP Ward (1a) set up.

Not quite finished, Clay Miller (1g, 1a) added goal three with his 16th with 1:16 remaining.

Time for the Offense

Johnathan Peshko (2g) got JHU on the board after 17: 33 with Robinson hitting for his 17th a minute fifteen later.

Jack Keogh (1a) hit a breaking Garrett Degnon (4g, 2a) for his 17th to get it to a 4-2 affair.

Joey Epstein (1g, 3a) got it to 4-3 before Kurtz scored at 7:07 and, on the advantage, at 5:42.

Casey McDermott (1g) got it back to a two goal difference but, with 1:23 on the board, Nick Jessen (1g,1a) closed the half with Delaware holding the 7-4 lead.

To the Third

Things settled down and the third quarter like the first, only contained a trio of goals

Ryan Evans (1g) and Peshko on the advantage, made it a one goal game at 7-6.

Sounds like Robinson time…with :08 remaining, Mark Bieda (3a) did the work for Robinson’s 18th to end the third at 8-6.

Gonna Be a Fun Finish

It took all of fifteen seconds for Jason Seiter (1g) to make it, once again, a three goal game.

Garrett Degnon (18th) followed just over two minutes later by Owen McManus (1g, 1a) with Degnon getting his hat trick and, with 5:50 to play, we had a 9-9 game.

Joe Speers (1a) fed a sweet pass to Robinson who made no mistake.

Epstein went to work on the man up that Degnon converted for his fourth of the day.

With 3:58 to go, it came down to who wants it more.

The answer was Delaware with Robinson and George Ward (1g) pushing it to 12-10.

JHU still had two minutes to catch up but, it wasn’t going to happen.

“The crowd today was electric. It was incredible and we played off that energy, I think we managed the game tonight really well. I’m proud of this team and that we were able to get a win. Johns Hopkins has some really good players and skilled shooters. We knew we’d have to slow them down and we did enough today to do just that.” Delaware Head Coach, Ben Deluca.


• Shots had JHU with a 45-38 edge. Delaware had more on goal, 25-22.

• Josh Kirson allowed 12 goals while making 13 saves for JHU. The the Blue Hens, Paul Reidy stopped 12 while surrendering 10.

• Turnovers had Delaware with 18 to the 15 from the Hopkins

• Delaware had the edge in ground balls, 34-26.

• Face offs featured Delaware’s Logan Premtaj winning 15 of 25.

Delaware Prevails in Top 20 Battle.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.