Previewing Delaware's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The Delaware Blue Hens are the 11th team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the second team from the CAA. Delaware finished 10-3 overall in 2021 and 7-1 in CAA play. Despite being the top seed in the CAA Tournament, the Blue Hens fell to 4th seeded Hofstra in the CAA semifinals and did not make the NCAA Tournament.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Duke Blue Devils (2/22)
Monmouth Hawks (2/26)
Michigan Wolverines (3/5)
Marist Red Foxes (3/12)
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (3/20)
Villanova Wildcats (3/26, Last year's meeting was canceled due to COVID)
Bellarmine Knights (14-11 W)
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2/15 at Saint Joseph's: Prior to 2014, Delaware won all of their 13 meetings with the Hawks. But since 2014, they're 3-4 against St. Joe's. They did take last year's meeting thanks to a nine goal game from Mike Robinson. On 10 shots on goal. Efficient and lethal. He should've gotten 10 goals. Doubt it happens again but he will put up goals once again.
3/5 at Michigan: Delaware is 3-1 all-time against the Wolverines, with their one loss coming in California back in 2016. Both teams don't have some of their offensive weapons from their last meeting in 2019, including Charlie Kitchen for the Hens and Bryce Clay (who is out for the year with a torn ACL) for the Wolverines. It's a Michigan team that made it to the Big Ten semifinals for the first time in program history and hope to be finally on the upswing.
3/20 vs. Johns Hopkins: The teams were supposed to play each other in 2020 in Delaware's next game, but then came the season shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the teams met in 2019 and the Blue Hens had a two-goal lead midway through the final quarter. But the Blue Jays scored the final four goals en route to a two-goal win. Delaware is winless in 10 all-time meetings with Johns Hopkins.
4/9 vs. Hofstra: Both of last year's meetings were decided by a goal. Delaware won the regular season meeting in overtime on a Tye Kurtz goal. But the Pride won the rematch in the CAA semifinals thanks to five goals from Dylan McIntosh. Both team's top attackmen, Kitchen and Seth Tierney, are gone.
4/23 at Drexel: It's not a high-profiled rivalry, or a series at the very least, as others in college lacrosse. But both teams can put on shows in this game that can also be pivotal in the CAA race. Another big name attackman in Reid Bowering is gone, but Sean Donnelly was an impact player for the CAA champs last season. He will look to take another step forward.