Delaware Claims NCAA's With 10-7 Towson Win

Delaware Claims NCAA's With 10-7 Towson Win

Delaware Claims NCAA's With 10-7 Towson Win

Delaware Claims NCAA's With 10-7 Towson Win

Delaware Press Release:

TOWSON, MD -- The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team got another big defensive effort Saturday night and the result was a 10-7 victory over host Towson University as the Blue Hens captured their first ever Colonial Athletic Association championship.

Goalkeeper Tommy Scherr (at right) matched a season-high with 17 saves and No. 17 ranked Delaware (11-5) held top seed and 14th ranked Towson scoreless in the second half until the final minute of play on the way to claiming the CAA championship game victory before 1,075 fans at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The victory, Delaware’s fifth straight, gave the Hens the CAA’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The 16-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday night, May 6 at 9 a.m. on ESPNU. Delaware also made trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1984, 1999, and the most recently in 2005 when the squad earned an at-large bid.

Delaware, which became the first No. 3 seed ever to win the CAA Tournament, captured its 21st conference title in school history but its first since winning the America East conference title in 1999. The CAA championship was the first for the lacrosse team and the first ever for the UD men’s athletics program since joining the league prior to the 2001-02 season. Delaware was making its third straight trip to the CAA title game but had dropped decisions to Towson in 2005 and to Hofstra last year.

“This is such an awesome feeling,” said Hall, who scored three goals and dished out an assist to extend his consecutive point-scoring streak to 27 straight games. “It’s nice to be part of the celebration instead of watching it.”

“I’m so excited for this team, our lacrosse program, and the University of Delaware,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “Our goals this season were to win the CAA title and advance to the NCAA Tournament and for us to accomplish both those goals is incredible. We are excited to represent Delaware at the NCAA Tournament and our seniors now have the chance to go and compete for the second time in their career. We have had a lot of injuries this season but we are getting healthy and have really built some momentum.”

Delaware seniors Adam Zuder-Havens and Jordan Hall each scored three goals and dished out one assist and CAA Player of the Year Alex Smith won 14 of 21 faceoffs and scooped up 10 groundballs. Smith, the NCAA career lead for faceoff wins, also broke his own school record for faceoffs wins in a season with 274 and upped his career groundball total to 533, just eight shy of the UD and NCAA record of 541 by Steve Shaw in 1983-86.

Zuder-Havens, Hall, and Scherr all were named to the CAA All-Tournament team while Smith was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player. The Blue Hens, who extended their road win streak to four games - the team’s longest since 1998-99, also got two goals from J.J. Moran.

The Blue Hens overcame a 6-4 halftime deficit by outscoring Towson 4-0 in the third quarter to take an 8-6 lead into the final stanza and Hall scored just 66 seconds into the fourth quarter to push the lead to three goals. When Vincent Giordano scored for the Hens with 2:07 left to play, it upped the lead to 10-6 and increased Delaware’s streak to six straight goals. Towson did not score in the second half until Timmy Andre tallied an unassisted goal with just 48 seconds remaining.

Towson scored the game’s first two goals in the first five minutes but the Hens came back with three straight goals, going up 3-2 when Zuder-Havens scored his second goal with 6:31 left in the stanza. But Towson tied the game at 3-3 on a goal by Randall Cooper with 28 seconds left and Jonathan Engelke and Kyle Batton scored the first two goals of the second quarter for a 5-3 lead. Zuder-Havens completed his hat trick with a goal with 3:20 left, but Towson went into the half up 6-4 when Griebe scored with just 11 seconds left.

The third quarter belonged to the Hens as Delaware outscored Towson 4-0. Moran scored consecutive goals for the Hens to tie the score at 6-6 with 7:00 left in the stanza and Curtis Dickson put the Hens up for good at 7-6 with 4:38 left. The Hens made it 8-6 just six seconds later when Smith won the faceoff and dished off to Hall, whose shot sailed into the net past Towson goalkeeper Matt Antol.

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WILL TOWSON MAKE THE TOURNAMENT?
    by (#136419) on 5/06/07 @1:56PM
They are still in the Top 15? Do you all think that they will get an at-large berth?
 
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TONY SEAMAN HAS OFTEN HAD TROUBLE AS THE FAVORITE
    by (#136419) on 5/06/07 @2:37PM
Throughout Tony Seaman's coaching career, almost all of his great moments have come as the underdog and most of his worst moments have come as the favorite. As the underdog, he has done arguably some of the greatest coaching jobs in the history of the game. Here are some of the great moments Tony has had as the underdog:

1988-Took a good, but not great, Penn team to the Final Four, where they lost to a loaded, Gait Brother-led Syracuse team, in the final seconds. This happened in the Carrier Dome, no less.

1989-Led Penn, who was not nearly as good as they were a year earlier, to an upset of a loaded UNC team at the end of the regular season.

1992-Led Hopkins to a blowout victory in the Quarterfinals against a Towson team at Towson who was favored. In the Semifinals against a loaded Syracuse team, they stayed right with 'Cuse until running out of gas with a few minutes to play.

1994-Led a very undermanned Hopkins team to overtime against a loaded Princeton team led by Scott Bacigalupo, Kevin Lowe, and Scott Reinhardt. They actually had a couple of chances to win it in overtime.

1996-Led Hopkins to an upset of a favored and better Maryland team in the Quarterfinals.

2001-Led Towson to a big upset of Maryland in the Quarterfinals in College Park and almost led Towson to an upset victory over a loaded Princeton team they had no business being close to. They lost by a goal and came close to tying it up in the last minute.

All those were great accomplishments, no doubt. However, they were all as the underdog. As the favorite, Tony has had trouble at times. Here are a few examples:

1995-Tony and Hopkins got blown out by Maryland in the Semifinals. Hopkins was the best team in the country that year.

1997-Lost to Duke in the Quarterfinals in O.T.

1998-Lost to Maryland in the Quarterfinals in O.T. Hopkins had beaten them in the regular season.

I know he has had a few moments at Towson, too. The CAA Title Game against Delaware was just the latest.

Don't get me wrong! Tony is not a bad coach by any means. In fact, there have been a lot well-known coaches in sports throughout the years who have had most of their success as the underdog. Tony is doing a fine job at Towson. I hope they make the tournament this year.

As I have said before, Tony Seaman and Dave Cottle of Maryland are like siamese twins as coaches. They have been successful, but almost all of their great moments came as the underdog.

To be considered an all-around great coach, you have to be consistent both as the underdog and as the favorite. The best example in the history of College Lacrosse?-Bill Tierney

 
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Bill Tierney = Greatest College Coach Ever
    by (#124519) on 5/06/07 @2:59PM
I would venture and say that Tierney is the greatest coach college lax has ever seen, he consistently outcoaches guys like Starsia and Pietramala consistently, in ot nonetheless
 
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BILL TIERNEY IS INDEED THE BEST EVER!!
    by (#136419) on 5/06/07 @4:03PM
I totally agree with you. His record in the tournament is unbelievable and his record in O.T. and in 1-goal games in the tournament speaks for itself. By the way, Tierney's 3 best coaching jobs ever, IMHO, are as follows:

1992-Yes, Princeton had great players like David Morrow, Andy Moe, Justin Tortolani, Kevin Lowe, and Scott Bacigalupo. However, they beat North Carolina, who was loaded, in the Semifinals and Syracuse, 10-9 in Double Overtime. IMHO, that 1992 Syracuse team was the best team ever to not win a title. They had Jamie Archer, Matt Riter, and Tom Marachek on attack. They had Charlie Lockwood, Roy Colsey, and Dom Fin at midfield. They had Ric Beardsley, Reggie Thorpe, John Winship, and a guy named Tully on defense. They had Chris Surran in the goal. They had Roy Simmons, Jr. and John Desko as coaches. However, Tierney ran his trademark methodical offense and rock solid defense brilliantly. Believe it or not, Princeton actually outshot Syracuse in that game!

2001-Princeton had talent with players like Trevor Tierney, Ryan Boyle, Matt Striebel, B.J. Prager, and Ryan Mollett. However, they were still not nearly as talented and athletic as Syracuse, who was led by freshman Michael Powell. Just like in 1992, Tierney ran his style of play brilliantly and came away with a 10-9 O.T. win once again.

2000-This, IMHO, was Tierney's best coaching job ever. Princeton came into the Final Four with a very young team. In fact, many of the regulars were freshman and sophmores. Their opponent was a loaded Virginia team, who was led by Conor Gill, Jay Jalbert, and Ryan Curtis. Princeton had almost no business winning this game. In fact, when Virginia jumped out to a 4-goal lead late in the game, people were already getting fired up for a Virginia-Syracuse rematch in the title game. However, Princeton made an unbelievable comeback and won the game by 1. TIERNEY OUTCOACHED STARSIA SO BADLY THAT DAY IT WASN'T EVEN FUNNY! Even though Princeton lost to Syracuse 2 days later, just getting Princeton to the title game was unbelievable!
 
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1997...
    by (#16732) on 5/08/07 @2:06PM
the year princeton happened to go undefeated and won the championship the two previous years, and you leave it out. the seniors that year won the championship their sophomore, junior, and senior years. they have 3 damn NCAA rings apiece. what a load...
 
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my mistake...
    by (#16732) on 5/08/07 @2:07PM
they won the championship in 96, 97, and 98, not 95, 96, and 97.
 
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