Delaware vs. Towson
March 26, 2011
The Game Story:
NEWARK, Del. -- Another big Colonial Athletic Association showdown, another thrilling comeback victory for the University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad.

For the second straight week, the Blue Hens fell behind early, chipped away at the deficit, and came up with a home conference victory in the end as Delaware downed rival Towson 8-7 Saturday afternoon at chilly Delaware Stadium.

Delaware (6-3, 2-0 CAA), coming off 7-6 upset win over then No. 4 Hofstra last week, took its only lead of the day on Eric Smith's goal with 4:29 left to play and the Blue Hens held on the rest of the way to pick up their second straight victory.

Towson (2-5, 0-1 CAA), which was coming off a 9-8 win over then No. 5 Stony Brook last Saturday, stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game but were limited to just a single goal in the second and fourth quarters. The game was a rematch of last year's CAA championship game won by Delaware 12-9 at Towson.

Smith and Sean Finegan each finished with two goals to lead the Blue Hens while Grant Kaleikau added a goal and two assists and goalkeeper Noah Fossner turned back 10 shots.

Tim Stratton and Matt Hughes each had two goals and an assist, Pat Britton scored twice, and Carl Iacono scored once and dished out an assist to pace the Tiger attack. Goalkeeper Travis Love recorded nine saves.

"When Delaware and Towson get together you expect a dogfight and we had one today," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who picked up career win No. 294. "It's great to come away with a victory over a real quality conference opponent. I was so proud of the way our guys hung in there when we got behind. They just chipped away at the lead and played the next play. Our guys deserve a lot of credit for the way they responded."