This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

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University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some memorable dates in Blue Hen history.


May 22, 1983

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Blue Hens Capture Third Straight National Title with Win over Temple

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware women's lacrosse squad continued its dominance on the national collegiate women's landscape as the Blue Hens knocked off No. 1 seed Temple 10-7 to capture the NCAA Division I title and claim its third straight national crown at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.

After capturing back-to-back Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championships in 1981 and 1982 for head coach Janet Smith, the Blue Hens made it three straight titles in their first year as members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

All-American and Tournament Most Valuable Player Karen Emas (at left) led the way for the Blue Hens as she scored twice and dished assists on three other goals to lead Delaware, which completed a four-game march through three of the tournament's top four seeds. 

After an 11-7 win over William & Mary, the Hens upset No. 4 Maryland 11-8 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Penn State 7-5 in the semifinals to advance to the finals . 

"We are no longer Division II," said Emas. "We've played everyone there is to play and we won it."

"To win the national championship anytime, anyplace is nice, but now at Division I, it's simply sensational," said Smith.

After a 2-2 deadlock in which Delaware got goals from Missy Meharg and Lisa Blanc, Delaware reeled off five straight goals to take control.