Delaware Lacrosse Sweeps Weekly Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Honors; Tanneberger, Anton Recognized
March 8, 2012
File Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. -- Backed by its 13-9 upset victory over No. 8 ranked Villanova last Saturday, the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team has swept the weekly Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Awards.
Senior midfielder Andrew Tanneberger (at right), who enjoyed a career day with four goals against the Wildcats, was named the CAA Player of the Week while freshman goalkeeper Brett Anton (bottom left), who sparked the Hens defensively with several big saves, was selected as the CAA Rookie of the Week.
Delaware, ranked No. 18 in this week’s USILA Top 20 Coaches Poll, will take its 3-3 record into a home game vs. Stony Brook (0-3) this Saturday at Delaware Stadium at 3 p.m. The men’s game will be the second of a doubleheader that will feature the UD women hosting No. 12 Penn State at 12 noon.
The Blue Hen men put themselves back in the national picture with their win over the rival Wildcats, overcoming a 6-0 deficit in the first quarter by scoring eight straight goals at one point to take the lead for good in the third quarter. The victory was Delaware’s second over a Top 20 opponent this season and helped the Hens snap a three-game losing streak as well as a personal three-game losing streak to Villanova.
Tanneberger, a senior midfielder from Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Latin High School), enjoyed a career day as he tallied a career-high four goals and also dished out an assist. A three-year backup, he entered the game with just two career goals but doubled that output in just one game. He scored Delaware’s first two goals in the opening stanza and later tallied with 9:47 left in the third quarter to push Delaware’s lead to 9-7. His final goal with 8:31 left to play pushed the UD lead to 12-8.
Anton, a freshman goalkeeper from Madison, N.J. (Madison HS), sparked the Blue Hens to the comeback victory as his inspired play helped Delaware rally from the 6-0 deficit. With the Hens down 6-0, he relieved starter Chris Herbert late in the first quarter and was outstanding in his most significant playing time of the season.
By the time he left the game early in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, Delaware had taken the lead at 9-7 and he had posted six saves to go with three groundballs and a caused turnover. Backed by his stellar play, the Hens held the explosive Villanova offense without a goal for nearly 28 minutes. The Wildcats had entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in scoring at over 14 goals per game.
Anton was injured early in the third quarter while diving to keep a ball in play near the end line behind the Delaware goal. He injured his shoulder on the play and had to leave the game. He is listed as doubtful to play this week vs. Stony Brook.