Welcome back to Under the Radar! If you’re joining us for the first time, this is where we take a look at some of the lesser-covered teams, players, and stories of the week. We’re changing things up after Week 1, and will be bringing you our Under-the-Radar Team of the Week, Under-the-Radar Player of the Week and Under-the-Radar Storylines of the Week as THREE (that’s right, count ’em THREE) separate posts. Check out our Under-the Radar Player of the Week, Delaware goalie Matt DeLuca! Also, look for this week’s Under-the-Radar Team of the Week here.
The Under-the-Radar Player of the Week:
Oof. Hopefully I don’t curse this week’s player like I apparently did to poor Arceri last week, who proceeded to getting eaten alive by TD Ierlan in Penn State’s loss to Yale. Hard to fault him for losing to the best FOS in the country, but still a very rough week. So, I apologize if I curse Matt Deluca by mentioning him here!
With Delaware off to a 4-0 start this season, you might assume that the Blue Hens were averaging more than 10 goals per game, and they are…barely. At the time of this article being written, Delaware had a scoring rate of 11.25 GPG and having given up 78 shots-on-goal, Delaware could easily be 0-4 so far, were it not for DeLuca. The junior net-minder has been lights out through four games, with 55 saves and a 73% save rate that places him in first in the nation. Amazingly, the Delaware goalie has a roughly six-percent lead on second-place Colby Kneese of Penn State.
Matt DeLuca: High School Highlights v. East Meadow
It might get harder for DeLuca to keep up that save rate as the competition grows stiffer, but it’s still been a wonderful start to the season for the junior, and keeping this up would easily drop him into the All-American conversation alongside bigger names like Kneese and Army’s AJ Barretto.
- Logan Wisnauskas, Maryland, Midfield: Jared Bernhardt gets a lot of the attention for the Terps in the media, but it’s Wisnauskas that leads Maryland in points. His twelve assists rank him fourth nationally, and he’s sixth nationally in goals with fifteen.
- Reid Bowering, Drexel, Attack: Put up a hat trick in the Dragons’ one-goal loss to Albany, meaning he’s scored at least three in every game this season (with a season-high of seven vs Michigan).
- Teddy Hatfield, Richmond, Attack: Balanced as can be, Hatfield has posted ten goals and ten assists so far this year, good for tenth nationally in points. The New Jersey product has been an offensive catalyst for the Spiders.