Delaware Gains No. 4 Seed, Heads to Top Seed Hofstra for CAA Semifinals Tonight
May 4, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. -- The field has been set for the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Championships and the No. 4 seed and defending champion University of Delaware will be travelling to meet top-seed Hofstra this Wednesday night, May 4.
The Hens (9-6, 4-2 CAA) will take on No. 8 ranked Hofstra (13-1, 5-1 CAA) at 7 p.m. at Shuart Stadium Wednesday night while No. 3 seed and 19th ranked Massachusetts (9-4, 4-2 CAA) will travel to University Park, Pa. to take on No. 2 seed and 20th ranked Penn State (7-6, 4-2 CAA) the same evening at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the semifinal game at Hofstra can be purchased at the gate the day of the game. Tickets are $5 for adults with children 12 and under and students with identification admitted free.
The semifinal winners will advance to the championship game to be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Saturday, May 7. The league champion earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Delaware, looking to bounce back after losing consecutive games to Penn State (13-3) and Massachusetts (11-5), tied with Penn State and Massachusetts for second place in the team standings but dropped to the No. 4 seed based on the CAA tie-breaking procedure because the Hens lost to both teams during the regular season.
The Blue Hens handed then No. 4 ranked Hofstra its only loss this season back on March 19 at Delaware Stadium when Delaware overcame an early 2-0 deficit and got two big defensive plays from midfielder Dom Sebastiani in the final minute for a 7-6 victory. Junior attackman Grant Kaleikau led the offense with five points on two goals and three assists.
Delaware, which will be making its seventh appearance in the CAA playoffs in the last eight years, will be looking to capture the CAA title for the third time in the last five seasons. The Hens went on the road to win the CAA championship game in both 2007 and 2010.
Since the loss to Delaware, Hofstra has won eight straight games led by the high-scoring offensive tandem of Jamie Lincoln and Jay Card. The Pride did not qualify for the CAA Tournament last season but did win the title in 2006 and 2008.
Each of the last six meetings between Delaware and Hofstra and 10 of the last 12 have been decided by three or less goals in this spirited rivalry.