RICHMOND, Va.  --  The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad, which will open the national collegiate men’s lacrosse season when it hosts High Point on Saturday,  Feb. 1 at Delaware Stadium, has been selected sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Coaches Poll announced by the league office.

The Blue Hens, looking to bounce back from a 5-10 campaign a year ago, will take on second-year program High Point at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium. The Hens posted a season-opening 12-10 win over the Panthers last season in North Carolina. Half of Delaware’s 10 setbacks a year ago came by a single goal.

Head coach Bob Shillinglaw, the dean of NCAA Division I coaches now in his 39th season overall and his 36th campaign at Delaware, welcomes back 30 letterwinners and seven starters to the squad. Among the top returnining players are All-CAA defenseman James Connelly, faceoff specialist Tyler Barbarich, CAA All-Rookie selection Conor Peaks in goal, and top returnining scorers Dan Keane (16 goals), Connor McRoy (12), and Brian Kormondy (12). Delaware has advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last seven years.

Defending CAA regular season champions and NCAA Tournament participates were voted the pre-season favorites from a poll of the six league head coaches. The Nittany Lions received three first place votes and 23 total points. Defending CAA champion Towson earned two first place votes and 21 points and was picked No. 2 while Drexel had one first place vote and 18 points to finish third in the poll. Massachusetts was fourth followed by Hofstra and Delaware.

“We are focusing less on rankings and more on just getting better every day and we are off to a great start,” said Shillinglaw, whose young squad features 19 freshmen, the third highest total of any non-first year NCAA program this spring. “I’m fine with being the underdog because our program has always assumed that role. Even when we went to the NCAA Final Four (in 2007), I made the comment that UD stands for underdog. We are going to prove that all the (CAA) coaches were wrong in their predictions.”

The CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship is slated to get underway Wednesday, April 30 with semifinal action and the title contest is slated for Saturday, May 3. This year the Wednesday semifinals will be played at the two highest seeds and the Saturday championship game will be played at the highest remaining seed.

Delaware will host an NCAA Quarterfinal doubleheadher on Sunday, May 18 at Delaware Stadium. Tickets are on sale now online at or by phone at 302-831-2257.


Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Pre-Season Coaches Poll: 1. Penn State (3 first place votes), 23 points; 2. Towson (2), 21; 3. Drexel (1), 18; 4. Massachusetts, 12; 5. Hofstra, 11; 6. Delaware, 5.