May 11, 2010

Delaware's Dickson Scores at Will, But 'Does It All'

by Chris R. Vaccaro | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

The old adage that big players are extraordinary on the highest stage rang true Saturday night when Curtis Dickson scored another five goals in Delaware’s 12-9 win over Towson in the Colonial Athletic Association championship.

Dickson, a native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, had a slow start as a freshman and moved from midfield to attack. That change sparked a flurry of offense that has yet to cease. Last week he was named CAA Player of the Year and his 62 goals (as of May 11) and 75 points are the most in the nation.

His five goals against Towson allowed him to pass Randy Powers’ career mark of 157 set in 1986. Dickson now has 162 career goals and 210 points.

“I’ve been fortunate to coach some pretty good players,” said Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw, “Randy Powers, John Grant and now Curtis is in that threesome.”

A finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s top player, Dickson is one of the CAA’s premier players in recent memory. He is one of two active Delaware players selected to the conference’s 25th Anniversary squad unveiled earlier this year.

If it wasn’t for Canadian native Jordan Hall -- another former Delaware stud -- the Blue Hen-Dickson connection may have never happened.

Hall and Dickson played box lacrosse back home, and Delaware turned out to be the only school Dickson visited.

“I trusted Jordan,” Shillinglaw said. “He said ‘Coach, you have to recruit this kid’.”

“It’s tough to get recruited if you’re out west,” said Dickson, whose father Derek played in the Western Lacrosse Association.

Dickson had a stick in his hand as early as 4 years old thanks to his dad, who is a police officer today – something Dickson aspires to be, as well.

It helped in his college journey that Delaware was a final four team during his freshman year. Playing in front of 50,000-plus at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against Johns Hopkins and scoring a goal was his top experience to date, he said.

“Guys like him make me look a million times smarter than what I really am,” Shillinglaw joked. “He’s explosive. Coming into this year, everybody knew about him and everybody was geared up to stop him. He’s a terrific shooter, extremely explosive, a relentless rider. He does it all.”

That relentless approach helped the Blue Hens upset Towson in the CAA final. It saw Dickson become one of only six players in Division I to score eight goals in a game this year (he did it vs. Albany) and the rest of Blue Hens nation is hoping it means a victory over No. 4 North Carolina Sunday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

CAA Men’s Lacrosse Notes

Drexel’s Mark Manos was named Defensive Player of the Year. The sophomore was the CAA Rookie of the Year last season and is the first goalie to win defensive player honors in the conference… Will Manny of the University of Massachusetts is the CAA’s Rookie of the Year. He led the Minutemen with 27 goals, 18 assists and 45 points this season… Besides Delaware, Hofstra (9-4) is the only other CAA team to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament. It’ll play No. 3 Maryland (11-3) in the first round Saturday at noon.

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