April 16, 2011

Delaware Remains Unbeaten in Colonial; Clinches Playoff Berth

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware scored seven straight goals to break an early third quarter deadlock and held off host Saint Joseph's the rest of the way to come away with a 10-6 Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse victory at rainy Finnesy Field Saturday afternoon.

The win allowed the No. 19 ranked Blue Hens to remain unbeaten in conference play and, thanks to Drexel's triple overtime loss to Massachusetts Saturday, clinch one of four spots in the CAA Tournament in May. The defending CAA champion Hens will continue league play next Saturday when they host Penn State in the final regular season home game of the season at Delaware Stadium.

Delaware (9-4, 4-0 CAA) overcame a sluggish offensive performance in the first half with a spirited third quarter as the Hens snapped a 3-3 deadlock by scoring three straight goals in a two-minute span to take control at 6-3. The Hens then netted the first four goals of the final stanza to pull away and withstood three goals by the Hawks over the final five minutes to go home a winner.

Nick Diachenko, who scored a career-high four goals in Delaware's 14-11 win over Dartmouth Tuesday, continued his hot play as he scored three goals to lead the Blue Hen attack. Sean Finegan added two goals and two assists while Nick Elsmo and Grant Kaleikau each contributed a goal and two assists.

Delaware senior goalkeeper Noah Fossner (at right) highlighted the strong defensive effort by posting 11 saves, including the 500th stop of his career. The Hens also forced 13 Hawk turnovers.

Saint Joseph's (0-10, 0-5 CAA), a first-year member of the CAA, remained winless on the season and lost for the sixth straight time at home.

"It was difficult weather out there but we got the job done today," said Bob Shillinglaw, who earned career win 296 and has now led Delaware to at least nine wins in six of the last seven seasons "Our defense did a nice job against a patient Saint Joseph's offense and our guys on offense stayed with it and cashed in on some second half opportunities that helped us pull away. It's great to be 4-0 in the league and we are looking forward to our final two league games."

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