Daniel Stranix Records Hat Trick as Mount St. Mary's Tops No. 16 Delaware, 12-10
Newark, Del. (February 25, 2012)—Daniel Stranix scored three goals to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware in the season opener on Saturday afternoon. It is the Mount's first win over the Blue Hens in 11 all-time meetings.
After Delaware scored back-to-back goals to even the score at 9-9 with 6:54 remaining, the Mount (1-0) rattled off three unanswered goals to pull away with the win.
Andrew Scalley opened the streak with an unassisted goal with 5:19 left to snap the tie. Brett Schmidt extended the lead to 11-9 when he scored an extra-man goal with 2:13 remaining. The Mount won the face-off, and after a timeout, Stranix beat the double team and scored his third goal of the game into the empty net as Delaware was pressing for a turnover.
Sophomore Chris Klaiber was outstanding in the cage for the Mount, making 13 saves, including four in the fourth quarter, in his first collegiate start.
The Mount had a balanced offensive attack with eight different goal scorers in the game. Stranix led the way with three goals while Scalley and Brett Schmidt each scored a pair. Bryant Schmidt, Anthony Golden, Mike Adkins, Jake Willertz and Braedon Graham also found the back of the cage for the Mount in the victory.
Grant Kaleikau led Delaware with two goals and two assists with Brian Kormondy chipping in a pair of goals and an assist in the game.
Delaware (2-3) held a 42-to-29 advantage in shots in the game and a 33-to-28 edge in ground balls.
The win was the Mount's third all-time against a ranked opponent, the first since a 14-12 win over No. 10 Lafayette in 2010. The Mount is now 3-43 all-time against teams in the top 20.
Scalley extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 33 games. His streak is the sixth-longest active streak in the country and Scalley has tallied 72 goals and 31 assists in the 33 games.
Delaware opened the game strong, taking a 3-1 lead with just under four minutes left in the first quarter. The Mount answered with an extra-man goal by Willertz and a score from Bryant Schmidt to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the second quarter.
Graham's first collegiate goal opened the scoring in the second quarter while Stranix tied the game at 5-5 with just over a minute left in the half.
The Mountaineers held a 7-6 lead after three quarters of play. After the Blue Hens evened the game at 7-7, Stranix and Golden scored goals one minute apart for a 9-7 lead midway through the fourth, setting up the final minutes of the game.
The Mount returns to action on Tuesday, February 28, when No. 1 Virginia visits Waldron Family Stadium on campus for a 4:00 p.m. game.