Delaware vs. Towson
March 26, 2005
The Game Story:
NEWARK, DE -- The University of Delaware jumped out to a 6-0 lead and senior goalkeeper Chris Collins kept No. 12 ranked Towson in check all night by making a career-high tying 19 saves as the Blue Hens pulled of the upset victory with an 11-5 win in both team's Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse opener Saturday night at Rullo Stadium.

Delaware, which defeated Towson for the first time since 2000 and for just the third time in the last 16 meetings, won its second straight game to improve to 6-3 (1-0 CAA) as seven different Blue Hen players scored goals. The Blue Hens defeated their highest ranked opponent since an 8-7 win over No. 11 Hofstra in 2000 at Rullo Stadium and the six-goal margin of victory was the highest for the Hens vs. Towson since a 15-5 win in 1984.

Two-time defending CAA champion Towson (4-3, 0-1 CAA) lost its second straight game and had a 13-game win streak vs. CAA opponents snapped, suffering its first loss since the 2002 campaign.

Sophomore Cam Howard scored a season-high three goals, all in the first half, and dished out an assist while Joe Trentzsch and Andy Hipple each scored twice and Drew Turner and Dave Powers each contributed a goal and an assist for the Blue Hens. Collins (Lakeland-Panas/Yorktown Heights, NY), a second-team All-CAA performer a year ago and a third-year starter, matched his career-high of 19 saves vs. Ohio State in 2003.

Towson had five different players score goals as Nick Williams, Todd MacMullan, Steve Mull, Oliver Bacon, and Adam Cummins each tallied once. Goalkeeper Reed Sothoron posted 14 saves in the nets.

Delaware held a slim 45-41 advantage in shots and a 10-9 edge in faceoffs but took advantage of Towson penalties by scoring on four of six extra-man opportunities. Towson, which entered the game averaging just 7.83 goals per game, scored on just 2 of 8 extra man tries.

The Blue Hens jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first 20 minutes as Trentzsch, playing his first game in two weeks due to an eye injury, opened the scoring just 1:03 in, Powers followed with an extra man goal five minutes later for his team-high 19th score of the season, and Howard scored his first goal with 6:24 left in the first period. After Hipple scored two minutes into the second period for a 4-0 lead, Howard upped the lead to 6-0 on two goals just two minutes and eight seconds apart. Towson finally got on the board on a goal by Williams with 4:43 left before the half and Bacon cut the lead to 6-2 with 3:31 remaining before the break.

After Delaware opened the scoring in second half on a goal by Turner five minutes in, Towson put together a run that closed the gap to just three goals at 7-4 as Mull and Cummins scored less than a minute apart. The goal was the first of Cummins' career. Delaware got it back together and closed the stanza still up by five as Marty Kupprion scored an extra man goal and Hipple tallied for the second time with 1:52 left.

Led by the spectacular play of Collins, the Hens put the game away in the final quarter, never letting Towson get closer than four goals. Dan Deckelbaum scored with 9:35 left and Trentzsch iced the game with a goal off a feed from Howard with 4:25 left.