Red-Hot Blue Hens Head to Villanova for Showdown Saturday
The Blue Hen men's lacrosse squad, coming off two straight wins over Monmouth and VMI, will be looking to keep that momentum going Saturday when Delaware makes the short trip north to take on Villanova at 3 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.
Delaware (3-2), which posted an 11-10 win at home over Monmouth last Saturday and followed that with a 15-9 win at VMI Tuesday, will be looking to register a three-game win streak for the first time since the 2014 season when the Hens won four straight with victories over Mt. St. Mary's, Villanova, Lafayette, and Binghamton.
The Hens will also be looking for some revenge against Villanova, which has won two straight over Delaware, including a dominating 23-13 victory last season at Delaware Stadium.
The Wildcats (1-3) opened the season with consecutive losses to Monmouth, Yale, and Penn State before downing Drexel 15-13 for its first win of the year on Tuesday.
» Villanova leads the series by a slim 11-10 margin since the first meeting in 1972
» Delaware leads the series 7-4 in games played in Newark, including a 13-9 win in 2012 and a 11-9 victory in 2014
» Villanova won four straight between 2002-04 before the Hens came back and won four straight in 2005-08
» Villanova has won two straight, including a 10-4 win in Villanova, Pa. in 2015 and a 23-13 win last season at Delaware Stadium
» Paul Major led the Hens with three goals in last year's game as Delaware could not overcome an 11-0 start by the Wildcats
» Delaware is 2-0 on the road this season with wins at Mt. St. Mary's and VMI and has won three straight road contests. That streak is the team’s longest streak since winning six straight games on an opponent’s home field between 2007-08.
»The Hens had four players with multiple goals in the 15-9 win at VMI Tuesday as Andrew Romagnoli scored four times, Trupert Ortlieb scored three goals, Steve DeLargy matched a career-high with three goals, and Charlie Kitchen had two scores
» Delaware freshman goalkeeper Matt DeLuca was last week's CAA Rookie of the Week after posting 15 saves, including two in overtime, in his first career start for the Blue Hens. He filled in for starter Parker Ferrigan who was ill. DeLuca got his second start at VMI and posted nine saves for the wins
»The Hens have been solid on faceoffs this season, winning 52.4 percent of their tries. While Jake Hervada (37-71, .521) and Sam Walsh (14-32, .438) were getting most of the tries at the x, freshman Crosby Matthews stepped up big vs. VMI and won 14 of 19 attempts
» Delaware leads the Colonial Athletic Association in man-down defense (.769/12th in NCAA) and ranks No. 2 in scoring margin (+2.60) and scoring offense (12.40 goals per game)
» Romagnoli ranks No. 2 in the CAA in goals (3.0 per game) and No. 2 in points per game (4.20), and Ortlieb ranks No. 2 in shot pct. (.550)
» Romagnoli has scored a point in nine straight game since last season and has notched a hat trick in four of five games this season
» Kitchen, who has scored 12 goals in his first five games, became the first UD player in school history to score four goals in his collegiate debut. He also has become the first UD player to score multiple points in each of his first five career games. He ranks No. 12 among all NCAA freshmen in scoring with 2.4 goals per game
» Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who will retire this season after 39 years at the helm at UD and 42 years overall as a head coach, coached his 600th career game at Delaware vs. Mt. St. Mary’s on Feb. 11. His career record stands at 330-313, including a 306-297 mark at Delaware. His 330 career wins ranks him No. 4 among all active NCAA Division I head coaches
» With a win over Villanova, the Delaware men's lacrosse team will pick up its 500th win all-time in school history (now 499-449-3 since 1948).
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