Delaware vs. Hofstra
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE -- University of Delaware junior goalkeeper Tommy Scherr (at right) posted nine saves, including several key stops in the final quarter, and Adam Zuder-Havens scored what proved to be the game-winning goal midway through the final stanza as the No. 14 ranked Blue Hens held off Hofstra to post a 6-5 victory in the team’s Colonial Athletic Association men’s lacrosse opener Saturday night at Rullo Stadium.

Delaware (6-2, 1-0 CAA), which snapped a two-game losing streak, won for the 13th time in the last 14 games at Rullo Stadium as Chris Hichborn scored two goals, Dan Deckelbaum added a goal and an assist, extending his point-scoring streak to 17 straight games, and Martin Cahill and Rob Smith also tallied goals.

Delaware’s six goals was its lowest goal total in a victory since downing Lehigh 5-3 in 2004. The win was the 50th all-time for Delaware at Rullo since the facility was built in 1999.

Hofstra, the defending CAA champion and an NCAA quarterfinalist in 2006 but unranked this season, continued a hard luck season as the Pride (1-4, 0-1 CAA) lost for the fourth straight game, all by one goal and all to top 20 ranked opponents. Mike Unterstein scored two goals and goalkeeper Danny Orlando posted eight saves in the loss.

Delaware entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense (13.3 goals per game) and fourth in scoring margin ( 6.4 goals per game), but endured a tough defensive battle with the Pride, who have yet to allow more than nine goals in a game this season. The Hens held a slim edge in shots (31 to 27), groundballs (29 to 24), and faceoffs (8 to 6) and Delaware’s 20 turnovers was just one more than Hofstra’s 19 for the game.

The Hens, who played without three of their top offensive players in three-time All-CAA attackman Cam Howard (knee injury), 2005 CAA Player of the Year Jordan Hall (one-game suspension), and Vincent Giordano (foot injury), jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by Hichborn, Cahill, and Deckelbaum.

But the Pride came right back to tie the contest at 3-3 with 12:42 left in the half as Anthony Muscarella, Tom Dooley, and Dan Stein each scored. Delaware then regained the lead and took a 5-3 advantage into halftime as Hichhborn scored his second goal with 10:36 left in the half to break the tie and senior defenseman Rob Smith tallied his second goal of the season with 8:33 remaining.

The second half was a defensive struggle as the teams combined for just three goals over the final 30 minutes. Unterstein scored his first goal of the game and the only score of the third quarter just 1:23 into the second half to narrow the UD lead to 5-4.

Delaware finally broke a scoreless drought of nearly 30 minutes when Zuder-Havens scored his team-high 15th goal of the season on a back-hander with 7:51 left to play to increase the lead to 6-4.

Another Unterstein goal with 3:23 left narrowed the gap to 5-4, but the Pride would not score again. Scherr made big save on a point blank shot by Dooley with 1:39 left and a shot by Mike Colleluori with 46 seconds left went wide, preserving the win for the Blue Hens.