February 5, 2011

Delaware Downs Detroit in D-I Opener

from staff reports

Eric Smith scored a goal and dished three assists in No. 13-ranked Delaware's season-opening, 13-5 victory Saturday over Detroit Mercy, the first official game of the NCAA men's lacrosse season.

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NEWARK, Del. - The University of Delaware men's lacrosse team got the 2011 NCAA season off to a roaring start Saturday afternoon at rainy Delaware Stadium, as the Blue Hens got goals from 10 different players and were never threatened in a 13-5 season-opening victory over Detroit Mercy.

The Blue Hens (1-0), coming off one of the finest seasons in 2010 when Delaware captured the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for third time in six years, posted their ninth straight opening-day victory thanks to a complete effort across the board.

Delaware is ranked No. 17 in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I preseason poll. The game was the first of the 2011 NCAA men's lacrosse campaign.

Eric Smith scored a goal and dished out three assists and John Austin, Dom Sebastiani, and Nick Diachenko all scored twice to lead the Blue Hen attack. Dan Cooney won 15 of 21 faceoffs and also scored a goal while, Noah Fossner was outstanding in goal, turning back 12 saves and allowing just three goals.

Detroit Mercy (0-1) scored all five of its goals on extra-man opportunities, with Shayne Adams tallying three times and Scott Harris contributing a goal and two assists.

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