CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- The University of Delaware registered one of the biggest wins in school history in any sport Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens dominated the second half and stunned defending national champion University of Virginia 14-8 in an NCAA men's lacrosse first round game before 2,328 sun-drenched fans at Klockner Stadium.
No. 15 ranked Delaware (12-5), which won its sixth straight game overall and fifth straight on the road, broke a 7-7 tie early in the second half by scoring seven straight goals, including two each by Jordan Hall and Curtis Dickson, and cruised to the win.
The win advances the Blue Hens to the NCAA quarterfinals where they will play either Maryland or UMBC Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,MD. Maryland and UMBC played a first-round game Sunday evening in College Park, MD.
No. 3 ranked and second-seeded Virginia (12-4), which captured the NCAA Division I title last season with a perfect 17-0 record, had an eight-game home-winning streak snapped. The Cavs' top two leading scorers, Ben Rubeor (46 goals) and Garrett Billings (21 goals, 22 assists) were both held without a goal as the Hens came up with yet another stellar defensive effort.
The Blue Hens, playing in the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time, posted their first tournament win since downing UMBC in the 1999 first round and snapped a streak of 20 straight losses to Top 10 opponents since that victory over UMBC. Virginia is the highest ranked opponent the Blue Hens have ever defeated as Delaware's only other top five win was a 9-5 victory over No. 5 Maryland in 1985.
“I am so impressed and proud of this team,” said Delaware 29th year head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who also led UD teams to the NCAA Tournament in 1984, 1999, and 2005. “This is such a great group and the best part is that we get at least one more chance to play. They played their hearts out today but even more importantly, they executed well. We played aggressive defense and created a transition game and out offense took if from there. This win is right up there with any of them we’ve had here and that means a lot. I think today’s win says a lot about the growth of not only our program but about the growth of the game.”
Dickson, a freshman, led the Blue Hens with four goals and an assist while Vincent Giordano added two goals and an assist, team leading scorer Adam Zuder-Havens contributed a goal and two assists, and Brett Manney dished out two assists. Junior goalkeeper Tommy Scherr came up big all afternoon in the nets, posting a season-high 18 saves and consistently turning back an offense that entered the game ranked No. 4 in the nation in scoring with 11.6 per game.
Delaware’s two-time All-American faceoff specialist Alex Smith, the 2007 CAA Player of the Year, was outstanding once again. The NCAA leader in faceoff winning pct. each of the last three seasons, won 18 of 26 faceoffs and scooped up 10 groundballs and continued his assault on the NCAA and Delaware record book. He won the first faceoff of the game to set an NCAA record for wins in a season at 275 and during the game he became the first player in NCAA history to surpass 1,000 career victories. His 10 groundballs gave him 543 for his career, breaking the NCAA and Delaware mark of 541 by Steve Shaw in 1983-86 and upped his season total to 160 to break the UD single season record of 152 by Rich Fitch in 1980.
Virginia got a career-high four goals and one assist from Danny Glading and three goals from Drew Thompson. Goalkeeper Kip Turner posted 10 saves as Delaware outshot the Cavaliers 44-40.
“We talked all week about coming in here and not being shellshocked because of the big crowd and Virginia’s national ranking,” said Scherr, who has recorded 35 saves in the last two games, including 17 in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game win over Towson last Saturday. “But when you get here and see it, I think maybe we were at first. But after we made our first stop, we kept building on it and we came out and made the plays. The defense did a great job of making Virginia’s shots manageable for me. That’s all I can ask for and that made my job a lot easier today.”
Virginia jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first two minutes as Thompson scored just one minute in and Glading scored his first goal just 64 seconds later. But the Hens settled down and took the lead as they scored three straight goals, one each by defender Brian Calabrese (the first of his career), Giordano, and Zuder-Havens.
Virginia’s Glading and Delaware’s Kevin Kaminski traded goals to knot the score at 4-4 after one period and Dickson scored the first two goals of the second quarter to give the Hens a 6-4 lead. The Cavaliers came right back on two Glading goals to tie the game for the fourth time at 6-6, but the Hens went into intermission with a 7-6 lead when defender Rob Smith scored his fifth goal of the season with just 2:24 left in the stanza.
The Cavaliers earned their final share of the lead just 16 seconds into the third quarter when Thompson scored to knot the contest at 7-7. It was all Delaware after that as the Blue Hens reeled off seven straight goals before Virginia finally ended a scoreless streak of over 28 minutes late in the game.
Hall, who extended his point-scoring streak to 29 straight games, and Dickson each scored twice during the pivotal 7-0 run.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-Delaware used a five-goal second half run to take control and go on to gain a 14-8 win over Virginia in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament today at Klckner Stadium.
With the win Delaware advances to next Sunday's quarterfinal to face the winner of tonight's UMBC at Maryland game in Annapolis, Md. The Blue Hens are now 12-5 this season.
Danny Glading tied his career high with four goals, all in the first half, while senior Drew Thompson tied his high with three goals in his final game. Thompson's three goals enabled him to become only the 11th midfielder in ACC history to score 40 goals and add 40 assists in a career; he finished with 40 goals and 41 assists. The Blue Hen defense also held Ben Rubeor scoreless to end his 33-game streak with at least one point.
Delaware got balanced scoring and was led by Curtis Dickson's four goals. Vincent Giordano and Jordan Hall each scored twice. Tommy Scherr was exceptional in goal and finished with a season-high 18 saves including 10 in the second half.
Alex Smith, the nation's faceoff leader, won 18 of 26 faceoffs to enable the Blue Hens to gain possession and control the game.
The Cavaliers opened the game with a flurry as Thompson and Glading scored on the first two shots of the game with just two minutes and four seconds elapsed. Delaware responded with a three-goal run of its own built over a four-minute and nine-second period. Long stick middie Brian Calabrese started the run and was followed by Adam Zuder-Havens and Giordano.
The back-and-forth play continued as Jack Riley and Glading scored two minutes apart as Virginia recaptured the lead at 4-3.
Freshman Kevin Kaminski knotted the score for the third time in the quarter with his 16th goal of the season with 28 seconds left in the quarter.
Dickson scored twice in the opening two minutes of the second quarter as the lead changed hands once again with a 6-4 Blue Hen lead, but Glading answered a pair of his own to forge a 6-all tie.
Defenseman Rob Smith used his fifth goal of the season to send the Blue Hens to the locker room with a 7-6 halftime lead.
Thompson wasted little time in tying the score with a shot from 12 yards out 16 seconds into the second half.
Following Thompson's goal the game was controlled almost entirely by the Blue Hens, who rattled off the next seven goals. Dickson converted in front following a feed from Zuder-Havens with 10:59 on the clock and Giordano notched his second of the game three minutes later as the lead grew to 9-7.
Smith won five of seven faceoffs in the fourth quarter as the Blue Hens possessed the ball virtually the entire period. Scherr recorded six saves in the quarter on the times when Delaware played defense.
Hall scored back-to-back goals to extend Delaware's lead to 11-7 early in the final period. His second goal came with the Cavaliers in a 10-man ride as he found himself open on the backside for a pass from Dickson. The Blue Hens' lead grew to seven goals at 14-7 before Thompson scored his final goal at 1:28.
"It was a disappointing ending to a terrific season," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia after the game. "I'm sorry it had to end like this on the field today. As much as it may have been about us, it was also about Delaware, who I thought played very, very well. I'm really proud of my team.
"We knew we were going to have our hands full today. This is a big, powerful, athletic lacrosse team that we couldn't run by the way we can a lot of folks. They sort of play lacrosse the way we like to play lacrosse and they were better at it today (than we were). Their confidence just grew as the game went on and I give them a lot of credit how they played at the end."
Virginia concludes its season with a 12-4 overall record.
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Score by Period 1 2 3 4 Tot-------------------------------------Delaware.. - .......... 4 3 2 5 - 14Virginia............ 4 2 1 1 - 8 Attendance: 2328 Delaware SCORING:GOALS: Curtis Dickson 4; Vincent Giordano 2; Jordan Hall 2; Adam Zuder-Havens 1; Dan Deckelbaum 1; Rob Smith 1; Kevin Kaminski 1; Brian Calabrese 1; Chris Hichborn 1.ASSISTS: Brett Manney 2; Adam Zuder-Havens 2; Evan Crowther-Washb. 1; Curtis Dickson 1; Vincent Giordano 1; J.J. Moran 1. Virginia SCORING:GOALS: Danny Glading 4; Drew Thompson 3; Jack Riley 1.ASSISTS: Danny Glading 1. SHOTS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot-------------------------------------Delaware.. - .......... 7 14 11 12 - 44Virginia............ 9 11 9 11 - 40 GROUND BALLS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 Tot-------------------------------------Delaware.. - .......... 13 9 11 13 - 46Virginia............ 9 10 11 9 - 39 FACE-OFFS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 Total--------------------------------------------- - -------Delaware............ 5-9 6-6 2-4 5-7 - 18-26Virginia............ 4-9 0-6 2-4 2-7 - 8-26 CLEARS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Total--------------------------------------------- - -------Delaware............ 5-7 5-5 7-7 7-8 - 24-27Virginia............ 7-8 7-8 6-9 8-8 - 28-33 EXTRA-MAN OPPS 1 2 3 4 Total--------------------------------------------- - -------Delaware............ 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-2 - 0-3Virginia............ 0-1 0-3 0-0 0-2 - 0-6 SAVES BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot-------------------------------------Delaware.. - .......... 4 4 4 6 - 18Virginia............ 1 3 4 2 - 10 TURNOVERS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 Tot-------------------------------------Delaware.. - .......... 8 5 4 8 - 25Virginia............ 7 4 7 4 - 22 PENALTIES - Delaware 7/5:30; Virginia 3/2:00.