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Bob Shillinglaw will coach his final regular season home game at Delaware Stadium Saturday night vs. Towson
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Shillinglaw Tribute Highlights Delaware-Towson Battle Saturday Night

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 04/14/2017
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Delaware (7-5, 0-2 CAA) vs. #16/16 Towson (6-3, 2-0 CAA)

Saturday, April 15, 2017 • Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium • Newark, Del. • 7 p.m.

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GAME PREVIEW
It will be a festive evening at Delaware Stadium Saturday night as the University of Delaware (7-5, 0-2 CAA) will close out its regular season home schedule looking for its first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season against longtime foe and No. 16 ranked Towson (6-3, 2-0 CAA).

Prior to the game, Delaware will pay tribute to head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who will retire at the end of the season after 39 years at the helm of the Blue Hens and 42 years overall as a college head coach.

A pre-game video tribute and a gift from Delaware AD Chrissi Rawak will highlight the festivities. Shillinglaw owns 334 career victories (No. 4 among active NCAA I head coaches) and has coached more games (650) than anyone in NCAA lacrosse history.

At halftime, Delaware will honor the 2007 Blue Hen CAA Championship team which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year as the only UD men’s lacrosse squad to advance to the NCAA Final Four.

Delaware will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak tonight after falling at UMass 9-6 back on Apr. 1 and 11-9 to then No. 4 Hofstra here at Delaware Stadium last Saturday. The Hens pulled to within a goal of the Pride early in the fourth quarter last week before Hofstra pulled away for the win.

Towson has now won two straight - including victories of 8-7 over Drexel Apr. 1 and 11-8 over UMass last Saturday. Among the Tiger wins is a 13-6 victory over then #6 Johns Hopkins.

SERIES INFORMATION   
» Delaware and Towson meet for the 58th time since 1961 with the Tigers holding a 39-18 advantage
» Hens broke a four-game Towson win streak last year with a 10-7 triumph over the #7 Tigers in Towson
» Paul Major led the Hens with four goals while Steve DeLargy added two scores
» Towson had won the previous four times by scores of 12-7 in 2015, 11-8 in 2014, 7-6 in OT in 2013, and 13-8 in 2012
» The teams have played every season since the 1976 campaign
» Prior to last year, Delaware’s last wins were 8-7 in 2011 and 10-7 in the 2007 CAA title game.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
» Following Saturday's game, Delaware will close out the regular season with road games at Drexel (Apr. 22) and at Fairfield (Apr. 28). Both games will be broadcast live on the Lacrosse Sports Network
» Delaware is 4-4 at home this season while Towson is 4-0 on the road
» Delaware has defeated two current Top 20 teams, including a 13-9 win over then #3/1 (now #12) Rutgers on Mar. 25 and #20 Villanova (13-10 on Mar. 4)
» Three of Delaware’s five losses this season have been by three goals or less.
» A win over Towson would give Delaware it’s most victories since the 2011 team won eight games
» Delaware sophomore Andrew Romaganoli has scored a point in 16 straight games and his 32 goals are the most by a UD player since Nick Diachenko had 35 in 2013. Romagnoli is No. 15 in the NCAA in scoring at 2.67 goals per game
» Delaware ranks No. 2 in the CAA in man-down defense (.694), scoring margin (+1.58), and scoring offense (11.33)
» Delaware GK Matt DeLuca ranks No. 2 in the CAA in save pct. (.542/No. 2 among NCAA freshmen) and No. 3 in GAA (9.56/No. 4 among NCAA freshmen)
» Blue Hen frosh attackman Charlie Kitchen ranks No. 10 among all NCAA freshmen in points (3.0 per game)
» Kitchen had scored at least two points in every game this season until being held without a point vs. Hofstra
» Delaware’s starting attack unit of Romagnoli, Kitchen, and Joe Eisele has combined to score 75 goals this season and is among the national Top 5 leaders in that category
» UD senior Trupert Ortlieb has scored five man-up goals this season to lead the CAA and rank No. 12 in the NCAA
» Towson leads the CAA in faceoffs (.565) and groundballs (28.11), and is No. 2 in scoring defense (8.11) and caused turnovers (7.11)
» Towson D Tyler Mayes is No. 1 in the CAA in caused turnovers (2.44 per game/5th in NCAA).

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact Scott Selheimer | selheime@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-8007 |  Cell: 302-562-512

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