Emmitsburg, Md. (February 11, 2017)--Mount St. Mary's opened the 2017 men's lacrosse season with an 18-5 loss to Delaware at Waldron Family Stadium on campus on Saturday afternoon. Jack Mangan paced the Mount with a goal and two assists in the game.
Delaware's Trupert Ortlieb, who finished the game with six goals, opened the scoring three minutes into the first quarter to give the Blue Hens (1-1) a 1-0 lead. The Mount answered when freshman Brenden McCarthy made a nice move from behind the cage to score his first collegiate goal just over a minute later.
The Blue Hens scored three times in a span of three and a half minutes to take a 4-1 lead. Andrew Romagnoli scored the first two goals of the run with Joe Eisele adding the third. Mangan's goal with 44 seconds left in the first cut the deficit to 4-2.
Ortlieb scored a pair of goals to push the lead to 6-2 before Mount St. Mary's freshman Brendan Doyle notched his first career goal to make it a 6-3 game at the break.
Delaware took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring nine times. Ortlieb scored consecutive man-up goals 27 seconds apart before Paul Major notched his first goal of the game to give the Blue Hens a 9-3 lead three minutes into the third quarter. The Mount's Spencer Smith stopped the run to make it 9-4, but Delaware rattled off the next five goals to take control of the game. Chris DiPretoro tallied his first goal of the year for the Mount (0-1) with 23 seconds left in the third quarter, but Delaware's Charlie Kitchen countered with a goal with three seconds on the clock to make it 15-5.
The Blue Hens rounded out the scoring with three goals in the fourth.
Mangan was the lone Mount player with a mulitple-point game with his goal and two assists. Ortlieb finished with six goals for Delaware while Romagnoli had a six-point game (4g, 2a) and Kitchen a five-point effort (3g, 2a). Eisele added two goals and two assists in the win.
Mount goalkeeper Matt Vierheller made nine saves while adding four ground balls in the game. Parker Ferrigan made eight saves while allowing five goals in 56:44 for Delaware. The Blue Hens won 18-of-26 face-offs and held a 44-to-29 advantage in shots.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday, February 18, when Towson visits Waldron Family Stadium for a 12:00 p.m. matchup.