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Delaware, #17 Lehigh open 2014 college lacrosse and Powell returns to Mammoth

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Not all the big sports news this weekend is about the Super Bowl.

The University of Delaware Blue Hens opened the 2014 college lacrosse season Saturday with a 10-3 home win over the High Point University Panthers – a program in just its second year of NCAA Division I men’s play.

Steve Delargy and Jeff Heath each had a pair of goals for Blue Hens (1-0) while Connor McRoy added a goal and two assists. Sophomore goaltender Conor Peaks made a career-best 15 saves in the victory.

Meanwhile, 17th-ranked Lehigh spoiled the inaugural game of head coach Richie Meade’s new program at Furman, taking a 13-6 triumph over the home Paladins in Greenville, S.C.

Cody Ferraro led the Mountain Hawks with three goals and an assist. Reid Weber and Patrick Corbett also notched hat tricks. Matt Poillon had six saves for Lehigh (1-0).

Also Saturday, among some of the nation’s final preseason scrimmages of 2014: Syracuse survived at Towson, 13-12, to finish its preseason undefeated (3-0); Virginia took a 14-5 scrimmage victory at Navy; North Carolina bested Loyola, 12-9; Penn State knocked off Johns Hopkins, 14-6; and it was Michigan, 18-9, over Marquette.

Legendary forward Casey Powell returns to the lineup tonight for the Colorado Mammoth (2-5) as they host the Minnesota Swarm (1-3) at the Pepsi Center in a 9 pm ET faceoff.

The League’s 2010 MVP, Powell missed the team’s first seven National Lacrosse League games this season due to “personal reasons”. He amassed nine goals and 23 assists for Colorado last season in just six regular-season games and added another three goals and three assists in the Mammoth’s West Division semifinal loss.

Powell reunites with fellow Mammoth forward John Grant, Jr. and also with recently-acquired Drew Westervelt. The trio combined to help the Chesapeake Bayhawks win a Major League Lacrosse championship last August.

With a win tonight over the Swarm, Colorado can climb out of the NLL West Division cellar and ahead of the Vancouver Stealth who lost last night to the Toronto Rock, 17-12.

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