Delaware (2-2) at VMI (1-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 • Drill Field • Lexington, Va. • 3 p.m.

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GAME PREVIEW
The University of Delaware men's lacrosse team will be looking to make it two straight victories Tuesday as the Blue Hens travel south to Virginia to take on VMI in the first mid-week game of the season.

Delaware (2-2) evened its record Saturday with a thrilling 11-10 win over Monmouth at Delaware Stadium.

A furious comeback from a first half deficit, a brilliant performance by a freshman goalkeeper in his first career start, and a goal with 1:04 left in the first overtime period all resulted in the victory.

Delaware sophomore Andrew Romagnoli scored his third goal of the game with 1:04 left in the first overtime to lift the Blue Hens to the comeback victory in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Blue Hens scored six goals in the third quarter to overcome an early 5-2 deficit in a game that eventually saw the score tied six times in the second half. Delaware appeared to have the game won when Joe Eisele tallied his fourth goal of the game with 3:26 left but Monmouth (2-2) sent the game into overtime when Tyler Keen scored with 17 seconds left in regulation.

Monmouth won the opening faceoff in overtime and got two shots off but Delaware freshman goalkeeper Matt DeLuca saved both and the Hens regained possession. After a timeout with 1:21 left, the Hens worked the ball around until Romagnoli slipped a shot from the left side from 15 yards out for the game winner, setting off a wild celebration on the field.

VMI (1-1) is coming off its first win of the season Saturday. Trailing for most of the game, VMI used a fourth-quarter rally to earn a 9-8 come-from-behind win over visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon in its home opener at Drill Field.

The Keydets trailed by a 6-5 tally after three quarters after getting behind by a 6-3 margin midway through the second quarter. VMI gradually kept pace and tied the score at 6-6 early in the fourth quarter when senior Nick Dodd attacked the net unassisted and knotted the game. John Daniel then scored the goal that put VMI ahead for good just 1:03 into the final quarter.

SERIES INFORMATION   
» Delaware and VMI meet for just the fourth time and for the first time in 65 years.
» The Blue Hens lead the series by a 3-0 margin as Delaware posted identical wins of 11-6 in both 1949 (at Newark, Del.) and 1950 (at Lexington, Va.) and followed with a 14-6 victory last season at Delaware Stadium
» In last year's game, Delaware redshirt freshman Andrew Romagnoli exploded for six goals, including four in a seven-goal first quarter, to lead Delaware to its first victory of the season, a 14-6 triumph. Campbell Parker added two goals and an assist and Delaware won 15 of 24 faceoffs in the victory.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
» Delaware freshman goalkeeper Matt DeLuca is this 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.
» Delaware has outscored opponents 47-40 this season and rank No. 3 in the CAA in scoring margin
» Hens rank No. 1 in the CAA in shot percentage (.348), No. 2 faceoff winning pct. (.505), man-down defense (.727), man-up offense (.462), and scoring offense (11.75)
» Delaware’s Jake Hervada ranks No. 2 in the CAA in faceoff pct. (.538) and groundballs (6.00); Romagnoli ranks No. 3 in goals per game (2.75) and points per game (4.0); and Charlie Kitchen ranks No. 3 in points per game (4.00).
» Romagnoli has scored a point in eight straight game since last season
» Kitchen, who has scored 10 goals in his first four games and 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 four career games
» 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 329-313, including a 305-297 mark at Delaware. His 329 career wins ranks him No. 4 among active NCAA Division I head coaches
» Delaware needs just two victories to reach 500 wins in school history (now 498-449-3 since 1948).

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