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PHILADELPHIA --  The University of Delaware pummeled Drexel with a season-high 53 shots and the Blue Hens won 17 of 27 faceoffs, but a slow start was too much to overcome in a 14-9 Colonial Athletic Association men’s lacrosse setback to host Drexel Saturday afternoon at Vidas Field.

Delaware (7-7, 0-4 CAA) suffered its fourth straight loss and was eliminated from CAA playoff contention. The Hens will close out the season this Friday, Apr. 29, when they head to Fairfield to take on the Stags in the final game of legendary head coach Bob Shillinglaw’s 39-year career at Delaware.

Drexel (6-6, 3-1 CAA) used a 4-0 start in the first quarter to take control and never let Delaware get closer than three goals the entire second half. Cole Shafer scored a game-high six goals and goalkeeper Jimmy Joe Granito turned back 22 Blue Hen shots to earn the win.

"We are extremely disappointed in today's end result," said Shillinglaw. "We generated 53 shots but only came away with nine goals and many were right into their goalie's stick. Credit Drexel's goalie for making 19 saves but we needed to shoot the ball better in order to win. We had our possessions but Drexel shot better than we did."

The Blue Hens, who had fallen in overtime to the Dragons each of the previous two seasons, got a career-high four goals from senior midfielder Steve DeLargy, Joe Eisele scored twice, and Jake Hervada won 13 of 19 faceoffs and dished out two assists.

Delaware also held a 37-29 advantage in groundballs and had four less turnovers than Drexel and the Dragons were whistled for seven penalties. But the Hens could not win the scoreboard battle.

Drexel jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first quarter before the Hens finally got on the board on a goal by Eisele with just 1:48 left in the opening stanza. The Dragons extended the lead to 7-3 before a goal by DeLargy just before halftime pulled Delaware to within 7-4 at the break.

Delaware was still within striking distance when DeLargy scored another goal 3:13 into the second half, but Drexel answered by scoring five of the next six goals to go up 13-6 midway through the final quarter and put the game away.

• The teams met for the 71st time since 1949 but the Hens still lead the series 44-27
• Delaware lost a road game for just the second time in five games this season
• Delaware sophomore Andrew Romagnoli had a goal and two assists and extended his point-scoring streak to 18 straight games
• Delaware senior co-captain and midfielder Will Hirschmann scored a goal for the 13th straight games since being held scoreless in the season opener

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