Delaware (7-6, 0-3 CAA) vs. #rv Drexel (5-6, 2-1 CAA)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 • Vidas Field • Philadelphia, Pa. • 3 p.m.

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The University of Delaware will be looking to stay alive in the Colonial Athletic Association playoff hunt and snap a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon when the Hens head to Philadelphia to take on Drexel in CAA action at Vidas Field.

Delaware (7-6, 0-3 CAA) will be looking to pick up its first conference win of the year after falling in succession at UMass 9-6, to then No. 4 Hofstra 11-9 at home, and to No. 20 Towson by a 10-6 verdict last Saturday.

Last Saturday, a day devoted to celebrating the career of retiring head coach Bob Shillinglaw ended on a tough note for Delaware as the Blue Hens held a share of the lead early in the final quarter before falling to then No. 16 Towson 10-6 in a CAA showdown Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.

Delaware had knotted the game at 5-5 on a goal by Joe Eisele with 6:22 left in the third quarter and the score stayed tied until 1:33 into the final stanza when a goal by Jon Mazza started a 5-0 Towson run that put the game away.

Drexel (5-6, 2-1 CAA) will also be trying to keep its CAA playoff hopes alive after posting a huge 13-12 upset last Saturday when the Dragons overcame a 9-2 halftime deficit to knock off then No. 2 Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y. Drexel scored three times in the final two minutes with Jacob O'Donnell netting the game-winner with 1:02 left. Reid Bowering led Drexel with five goals.

» Delaware’s most-played rivalry continues
» Teams first met in 1949 and Delaware leads 44-26
» Drexel has won the last five meetings, including three straight at Delaware Stadium
» Drexel streak includes wins of 11-8 in 2012 (Newark), 11-10 in 2013 (Philadelphia), 9-7 in 2014 (Newark), 9-8 in overtime in 2015 (Philadelphia), and 6-5 in overtime last year (Newark)
» In last year's game, Delaware led until the final minutes but Drexel tied it up with 2:37 left in regulation and then scored the game-winner with 39 seconds remaining in overtime. Dean DiSimone and Andrew Romagnoli each had a goal and an assist for Delaware
» In the 2015 game at Drexel, Delaware sent the game into extra time on a goal by Tom Holland with just six seconds left but Drexel scored 57 seconds into the extra session
» Delaware last defeated Drexel in 2011 (9-7)
» 13 of the last 16 games have been decided by three goals or less with five of the last six decided by two goals or fewer

» Delaware needs to win its final two games of the season at Drexel this week and at Fairfield next Friday to keep its CAA Tournament hopes alive. The Hens are looking to advance to the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2014
» Delaware is 3-1 on the road this season with victories over Mt. St. Mary's (18-5), VMI (15-9), and Villanova (13-10)
» Delaware has defeated two current Top 20 teams, including a 13-9 win over then #3/1 (now #13) Rutgers on Mar. 25 and now #18 Villanova (13-10 on Mar. 4)
» Three of Delaware’s five losses this season have been by three goals or less.
» A win over Drexel would give Delaware it’s most victories since the 2011 team won eight games
» Delaware sophomore Andrew Romagnoli has scored a point in 17 straight games and his 33 goals are the most by a UD player since Nick Diachenko had 35 in 2013. Romagnoli is No. 20 in the NCAA in scoring at 2.54 goals per game
» Delaware senior co-captain and midfielder Will HIrschmann has scored a goal in 12 straight games since being held scoreless in the season opener
» Delaware ranks No. 1 in the CAA in man-down defense (.700/No. 24 in NCAA) and No. 2 in scoring offense (10.92)
» Delaware GK Matt DeLuca ranks No. 2 in the CAA in save pct. (.542/No. 2 among NCAA freshmen) and No. 3 in GAA (9.60/No. 3 among NCAA freshmen)
» Blue Hen frosh attackman Charlie Kitchen ranks No. 11 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. He came back to score twice last week vs. Towson
» Delaware’s starting attack unit of Romagnoli, Kitchen, and Joe Eisele has combined to score 80 goals this season and ranks among the Top 10 units in the nation
» UD senior Trupert Ortlieb has scored five man-up goals this season to ranks No. 3 in the CAA and rank No. 18 in the NCAA

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