Fightin’ Blue Hens Pull off Comeback

Fightin’ Blue Hens pull-off comeback, 16-11. The Fairfield Stags (2-5, 0-4) made a visit to the first state to challenge the #12 Delaware Blue Hens (7-1, 4-0) on a chilly afternoon. A tale of two halves had the Stags come away with a first-half lead, 8-5.

The first quarter only witnessed three tallies. Mike Robinson (7g,1a) starting off his huge game followed by Travis Ford (2g). Dylan Beckwith (2g,2a) closed the quarter with Fairfield in front. Things opened up in the second started by Drew Lenkaitis (1g) and Robinson to knot it 3-3.

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Taylor Strough (2g) hit rope twice followed by Tyler Burns (1g) and Jake Coleman (1g) to put the Stags up, 6-3. Delaware absorbed the hit. They responded with markers from, Mark Bieda (2g,1a) followed two minutes later by Cam Acchione (1g,2a) to close it to 6-5.
Trent Moran (1g) and Tyler Wuchte (1g) countered and frenzied quarter closed with the Stags in front, 8-5.

Delaware made the needed adjustments and dominated the rest of the way. They outscored the visitors, 11-3, and shutting Fairfield out in the third. 1:30 apart and Robinson notched a pair, Charlie Kitchen (3g,3a) brought it 8-8. Kitchen aided Robinson, Tye Kurtz (2g,3a), and another two from Robinson closed the third with the Blue Hens assuming charge, 12-8.

Beckwith ended the run at 13:27 but Delaware took a breath. They went right back it with Kitchen, Bieda, Kitchen again and Tye Kurtz getting his third of the season widened the gap, 16-9. Fairfield would close out with goals from Dean Ford (1g) at 1:19 followed quickly by a man-up score from Matt Chiastawa (1g). This would bring an end to the 16-11 Delaware victory.

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Colin Consoli made 16 saves in the Fairfield nets with Matt Kilkeary turning away 13 for Delaware. Shots heavily favored Delaware, 54-39 with on-goal being a 32-24 edge for the Hens. Delaware had the edge in ground balls, 41-32, and face-offs, 17-13. Turnovers were pretty even with Delaware having 21 to the Stags 20. Frankie Labetti went 12 of 21 from the “x” for the Stags . Logan Premtaj was 12 of 16 with 11 wins in the second half for Delaware. Fightin’ Blue Hens pull-off comeback, 16-11.

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.