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RICHMOND, Va.  -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad placed five student-athletes on the Colonial Athletic Association all-conference, all-rookie, and all-academic teams announced on Wednesday evening.

In addition to the recognition of the five Blue Hen players, the league coaches also honored Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw as the CAA Coach of the Year. Shillinglaw retired this season after leading the Blue Hens for the last 39 years and finishing as one of the winningest coaches in the history of the sport.

Shillinglaw concluded his legendary career with 334 victories (No. 4 among active NCAA Division I head coaches) and an NCAA record 653 games coached. He led Delaware to six NCAA Tournament appearances 16 conference titles, and was named league Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career.

Senior midfielder Will Hirschmann and sophomore longstick midfielder Austin Haynes each earned second team All-CAA honors to lead the way.

In addition, Delaware freshman goalkeeper Matt DeLuca and freshman attackman Charlie Kitchen (above left) earned spots on the CAA All-Rookie team. Graduate student and starting midfielder Steve DeLargy was the Blue Hens' representative on the CAA All-Academic Team.

Hofstra's Josh Byrne was named the CAA Player of the Year, Towson defender Tyler Mayes was selected as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year; and Hofstra freshman attackman Ryan Tierney was the CAA Rookie of the Year.

Hirschmann, a team co-captain and economics major from Edgewater, Md. (Archbishop Spalding High School), started all 15 games on the first midfield unit and ranked third on the team in scoring with 34 points on 17 goals and 17 assists. He ranked second on the team in assists, third on the team in shots (87), scooped up 17 groundballs, and caused three turnovers.

He was one of only two Delaware starting field players to not commit a penalty all season. The mark of consistency, he scored a point in all 15 games and tallied at least one goal in each of the final 14 contests, including a career-high three scores in a 13-9 win over No. 1 ranked Rutgers midway through the season.

Haynes, a two-year standout as a longstick midfielder and a health behavior science major from Moorestown, N.J. (Moorestown HS), played in 14 games with three starts and anchored the defensive unit that allowed just 10.5 goals per game. He ranked third on the team with 30 groundballs, caused six turnovers, and dished out one assist. He has recorded 72 groundballs and 22 turnovers in just two seasons of action with the Blue Hens.

DeLuca (at right), a freshman sports psychology major from Farmingdale, N.Y. (Farmingdale HS), was one of the top netminders in the CAA after taking over the start spot four games into the season. He played in 13 games with 11 starts and recorded 10.08 goals against average to go with 134 saves and a .523 save percentage.

He ranks third in the CAA in save percentage and fourth in goals against average and ranks among the top five freshmen in the NCAA in both categories. He recorded 10 or more saves six times with a season-high 19 in the win over Rutgers.

Kitchen made an instant impact on the Blue Hens when he scored four goals and dished out two assists in his collegiate debut vs. Bucknell and never looked back.

The freshman from Marlton, N.J. (St. Augustine Prep HS) finished the year as the team's second leading scorer with 42 points on 28 goals and 14 assists and ranked No. 2 among all CAA rookies in goals per game and No. 3 in points per game.

He scored two or more points in all but two games and netted two or more goals 10 times. His four goals in his debut were the most ever by a UD player and his 28 goals on the season were the highest by a UD rookie since the 2000 season.

DeLargy (above left), a starting midfielder from Morristown, N.J. (Morristown HS), was Delaware's representative on the CAA All-Academic team. Currently enrolled in second semester of graduate school at Delaware in the MBA program, he carries a 3.80 grade point average.

A five-year member of the squad, he played in 60 career games and recorded 78 points on 54 goals and 24 assists. He scored 20 goals as a senior in 2017, including five hat tricks highlighted by a career-high four-goal performance vs. Drexel.

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