Delaware Prevails in Battle of Top 20 DI Teams

Kevin M. Neibauer
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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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.