Delaware vs. Hofstra
May 4, 2005
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE -- Sophomore Cam Howard (right) scored both of his goals in the pivotal third quarter and the University of Delaware defense shut down Hofstra as the Blue Hens posted an 8-5 victory over Hofstra in a Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse semifinal game Wednesday night at Rullo Stadium.

The top seed and No. 16 ranked Blue Hens won their first CAA playoff game in four years in the league and earned the right to host No. 2 seed and 11th ranked Towson in the CAA championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. at Rullo Stadium. The two-time defending champion Tigers advanced with a 5-4 win over No. 3 seed Villanova Wednesday night.

The winner of Saturday's game will capture the CAA title and earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Delaware is looking to win its first conference championship and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 1999 season when the Blue Hens won the America East title and advanced to the national quarterfinals.

Delaware (11-4), which won its fourth straight game and captured its seventh win in the last eight games, broke away from a 3-3 halftime tie by outscoring Hofstra 4-0 in the third quarter on the way to the win. The Hens avenged a 13-3 loss to Hofstra April 12 at Rullo Stadium.

"We encouraged our guys to be patient, possess the ball longer, and get us some better opportunites for quality shots tonight," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. "We slowed them (Hofstra) down a little and that was the big difference. Our guys played their hearts out tonight and I know they'll have that same look in their eyes Saturday night in the championship game."

No. 19 ranked Hofstra, the No. 4 seed, ended its season with an 8-8 record and lost to the Hens for the first time in three post-season meetings. Tim Treubig scored twice and dished out an assist while John Keysor and Athan Ianucci each contributed a goal and an assist.

Seven different Delaware players scored a goal with Joe Trentzsch and John Carrozza each scoring once and dishing out an assist. Goalkeeper Chris Collins turned back 13 Pride shots to notch the win. Trentzsch has now scored a point in 17 straight games since last season.

Hofstra jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period as John Orsen scored just 1:43 into the game and Treubig scored his first goal with 8:55 left in the stanza. Delaware came back to tie it on consecutive goals by Andy Hipple and Trentzsch early in the second half, and after Hofstra went back up on a goal by Ianucci with 8:13 remaining, sent the game into intermission tied at 3-3 on a goal by Dan Deckelbaum with just 1:30 left in the half.

The Hens put the game away in the third quarter as they outscored the Pride 4-0 to take an insurmountable 7-3 lead into the final stanza. Howard scored twice in the stanza, putting the Hens up for good at 4-3 with 13:10 left in the period and upping the lead to 6-3 with a goal with 4:13 left. The Hens made it 7-3 when Jarryd Knouse scored his first career goal with just one second left in the third quarter off a feed from Chad Holmes.

Hofstra cut the lead to 7-4 four minutes into the final quarter on a goal by Treubig but could never get closer as the Hens added some insurance on a goal by Carrozza, his first goal since April 16, with 2:43 left to play.