#rv/rv Delaware (7-3. 0-0 CAA) at Massachusetts (3-5, 0-0 CAA)
Saturday, April 1, 2017 • Garber Field • Amherst, Mass. • 1 p.m.

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GAME PREVIEW
The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad will be looking to continue its winning ways Saturday when the Blue Hens travel north to take on Massachusetts in both team's Colonial Athletic Association openers at 1 p.m.

The Blue Hens, who received votes in both the Inside Lacrosse/Maverik and USILA national Top 20 polls this week, take a 7-3 record into the contest. Delaware, winners in six of the last seven games, is coming off a historic victory last Saturday as the Blue Hens knocked off undefeated and then No. 1 ranked (IL/Maverik) Rutgers 13-9 at Delaware Stadium.

Delaware had never downed a top-ranked team in seven tries in school history. The Hens had defeated then No. 2 Virginia in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament but had never downed a top-ranked squad before.

Delaware got nine goals from its starting midfield unit at Will Hirschmann, Trupert Ortlieb, and Steve DeLargy each scored three goals and freshman goalkeeper Matt DeLuca recorded a career-high 19 saves. For their efforts, Hirschmann was named the CAA Player of the Week while DeLuca was named CAA Rookie of the Week and USILA/BSN Sports National Defender of the Week.

Massachusetts (3-5, 0-0 CAA) is coming off a 10-9 overtime setback to Brown last Saturday that snapped a three-game winning streak. The Minutemen opened the season with four straight losses to Army, Ohio State, Harvard, and Albany before defeating Yale, UMass Lowell, and Hartford in consecutive games.

SERIES INFORMATION   
» Massachusetts leads the all-time series by a 10-7 margin since the first meeting in 1985
» Delaware has won three straight games over UMass, including a 15-7 victory in 2014 at Delaware Stadium, 10-9 in 2015 in Amherst, Mass., and 9-7 last year at Delaware Stadium
» In last  year's game at Delaware Stadium, the Blue Hens scored the first four goals of the final quarter to break a tie and moved on to a 9-7 win over #19 Massachusetts. Blue Hen sophomore Dean DiSimone netted his second consecutive hat trick as he scored two of his three goals during the pivotal fourth quarter barrage that pushed the Delaware lead to 9-5 with 2:16 left to play.
» In 2015, the Hens won their season finale as Jackson Finigan scored a career-high four goals, including the game-winner with 41 seconds left.
» In 2014, UD jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back as Tom Holland led the way with five goals
» UMass last defeated Delaware 16-8 in 2013 in Amherst, Mass.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
» Blue Hens ended a four-game losing streak in CAA openers last year with the 9-7 win over Massachusetts. Delaware had lost four straight CAA openers since a 7-6 win over the Pride in 2011
» Delaware has captured four CAA titles during its time in the league, including championships in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011
» Hens are looking for their first winning season in CAA play since 2011
» Delaware's seven wins is the team's best total since going 7-9 in 2014. The Hens last won eight games in 2011 with an 11-7 mark
» Delaware's starting attackmen Andrew Romagnoli (28 goals), Charlie Kitchen (22), and Joe Eisele (19) have scored 69 goals this season, making the unit the highest scoring starting attack group in NCAA Division I
» Delaware leads the CAA and ranks No. 16 in the nation in scoring offense with 12.10 goals per game. The Hens also rank No. 2 in the CAA in groundballs (28.7 per game), scoring margin (+2.40 per game), turnovers per game (11.40 per game), and winning pct. (.700)
» Romagnoli has scored a point in 14 straight games and ranks No. 2 in the CAA and No. 14 in the NCAA with 2.8 goals per game
» DeLuca ranks No. 3 in the CAA (No. 13 in the NCAA) in save pct. (.565) and No. 3 in the CAA (26th in NCAA) in goals against average (9.43)
» Kitchen has scored at least two points in every game. He and Michael Sowers of Princeton are the only NCAA I freshmen to accomplish that so far this season
» UD senior Trupert Ortlieb ranks No. 5 in the NCAA with five man-up goals this year
» 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.
» UMass leads the CAA in caused turnovers per game (7.74/20th in NCAA) and man-up offense (.500/8th in NCAA). Defender Isaac Paparo leads the CAA and is No. 7 in the NCAA with 2.13 per game

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