#rv Delaware (7-4. 0-1 CAA) vs. #4/3 Hofstra (9-0, 1-0 CAA)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 • Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium • Newark, Del. • 1 p.m.

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GAME PREVIEW
The University of Delaware (7-4, 0-1 CAA) and No. 4/3 ranked and undefeated Hofstra (9-0, 1-0 CAA) will square off Saturday at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

The game will be a special one for the Blue Hens as they will honor the 14 senior players on this year’s squad.

Delaware, which is receiving votes in this week’s USILA Coaches Top 20 poll, had a two-game win streak snapped last Saturday as the Blue Hens fell to UMass 9-6 in the CAA opener for both teams in Amherst, Mass.

Delaware pulled to within 6-5 early in the final quarter but the Minutemen scored the final four goals of the game. Steve DeLargy led the Hens with two goals and Andrew Romagnoli dished out three assists.

Last time out at Delaware Stadium was a historic day for the Blue Hens as Delaware knocked off No. 1 ranked Rutgers 13-9 behind three goals each from midfielders DeLargy, Trupert Ortlieb, and Will Hirschmann and a career-high 19 saves from goalkeeper Matt DeLuca.

The victory marked the first-ever win over a No. 1 ranked team for the Blue Hens in school history. DeLuca was named USILA National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

Hofstra is unbeaten this season but it hasn’t been easy for the Pride, who have won six games by two goals or less. The Pride is coming off a 10-6 win at Fairfield in its CAA opener Saturday as Josh Byrne had two goals and three assists.

SERIES INFORMATION   
» Hofstra leads the series 29-12 since the first meeting in 1951
» Hofstra has won six straight meetings, including wins of 13-5 in 2012; 10-5 in 2013; 11-9 and 8-6 (CAA Semifinals) in 2014; 9-5 in 2015; and 13-7 last year in Hempstead, N.Y. as Delaware fell behind 8-1 and could never climb back. Andrew Romagnoli had two goals and an assist for Delaware
» Delaware’s last win in the series was a 10-9 victory in the CAA semifinals in 2011.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
» Senior Day: Prior to today’s game, Delaware will pay tribute to its 14 senior players and three student athletic trainers who are winding down their Blue Hen careers this month. The list includes trainers Briannon Troyer, Greg DeDemenico, and Amy Bednarek and senior players DeLargy, Parker Ferrigan, co-captain Jackson Finigan, Hirschmann, Paul Major, Matt Olbrich, Ortlieb, Phil Pena, co-captain Brian Pickup, co-captain Carson Scott, Anthony Sebastiani, Dan Simonetti, Sam Walsh, and Gavin Weaver. Thanks to all of you for your special contributions to the history of Delaware men’s lacrosse.
» The Lax Sports Network is broadcasting the game online. Delaware will also appear on LSN on Apr. 22 at Drexel and Apr. 28 at Fairfield
» Delaware has won six of its last eight games and has won three of the last four home games
» A win today would give Delaware eight victories for the first time since 2011
» Romagnoli has scored a point in 15 straight games dating back to last season
» Freshman Charlie Kitchen has scored at least two points in every game this season - making him one of only two freshmen in NCAA Division I (Michael Sowers of Princeton is the other) to accomplish that
» Delaware’s starting attack unit of Romagnoli, Kitchen, and Joe Eisele has combined to score 71 goals this season, second in the nation behind only Duke (78) and tied with Albany (71)
» Ortlieb has scored five man-up goals this season to rank No. 10 in the NCAA
» Delaware is No. 2 in the CAA in groundballs (27.5), man-down defense (.674), scoring offense (11.5), and turnovers per game (11.8)
» DeLuca ranks No. 2 in the CAA (No. 16 in NCAA) in save pct. (.558)
» Hofstra, with its highest national ranking since ranking No. 2 in 2006, is off to a 9-0 start for the first time in school history
»The Pride rank in the NCAA Top 10 in turnovers (10.22/1st), clearing (.913/7th), scoring defense (7.78/7th), man-up offense (.484/10th), and scoring margin (+3.78/10th)
» Hofstra GK Jack Concannon has stopped 10 or more shots in seven of nine games this season and ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in save pct. (.626)
» Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw will retire this season after 39 years at the helm at UD and 42 years overall. He has 334 career victories (310 at Delaware) to rank No. 4 among active NCAA Division I coaches.

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