Delaware Shocks UVA 14-8

Delaware Shocks UVA 14-8

Delaware Shocks UVA 14-8

Delaware Shocks UVA 14-8

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- The University of Delaware registered one of the biggest wins in school history in any sport Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens dominated the second half and stunned defending national champion University of Virginia 14-8 in an NCAA men's lacrosse first round game before 2,328 sun-drenched fans at Klockner Stadium.

No. 15 ranked Delaware (12-5), which won its sixth straight game overall and fifth straight on the road, broke a 7-7 tie early in the second half by scoring seven straight goals, including two each by Jordan Hall and Curtis Dickson (at right), and cruised to the win.

The win advances the Blue Hens to the NCAA quarterfinals where they will play UMBC Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,MD. UMBC (11-5) No. 7 seed Maryland 13-9 Sunday evening in College Park, MD.

No. 3 ranked and second-seeded Virginia (12-4), which captured the NCAA Division I title last season with a perfect 17-0 record, had an eight-game home-winning streak snapped. The Cavs' top two leading scorers, Ben Rubeor (46 goals) and Garrett Billings (21 goals, 22 assists) were both held without a goal as the Hens came up with yet another stellar defensive effort.

The Blue Hens, playing in the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time, posted their first tournament win since downing UMBC in the 1999 first round and snapped a streak of 20 straight losses to Top 10 opponents since that victory over UMBC. Virginia is the highest ranked opponent the Blue Hens have ever defeated as Delaware's only other top five win was a 9-5 victory over No. 5 Maryland in 1985.

“I am so impressed and proud of this team,” said Delaware 29th year head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who also led UD teams to the NCAA Tournament in 1984, 1999, and 2005. “This is such a great group and the best part is that we get at least one more chance to play. They played their hearts out today but even more importantly, they executed well. We played aggressive defense and created a transition game and out offense took if from there. This win is right up there with any of them we’ve had here and that means a lot. I think today’s win says a lot about the growth of not only our program but about the growth of the game.”

Dickson, a freshman, led the Blue Hens with four goals and an assist while Vincent Giordano added two goals and an assist, team leading scorer Adam Zuder-Havens contributed a goal and two assists, and Brett Manney dished out two assists. Junior goalkeeper Tommy Scherr came up big all afternoon in the nets, posting a season-high 18 saves and consistently turning back an offense that entered the game ranked No. 4 in the nation in scoring with 11.6 per game.

Delaware’s two-time All-American faceoff specialist Alex Smith, the 2007 CAA Player of the Year, was outstanding once again. The NCAA leader in faceoff winning pct. each of the last three seasons, won 18 of 26 faceoffs and scooped up 10 groundballs and continued his assault on the NCAA and Delaware record book.

He won the first faceoff of the game to set an NCAA record for wins in a season at 275 and during the game he became the first player in NCAA history to surpass 1,000 career victories. His 10 groundballs gave him 543 for his career, breaking the NCAA and Delaware mark of 541 by Steve Shaw in 1983-86 and upped his season total to 160 to break the UD single season record of 152 by Rich Fitch in 1980.

Virginia got a career-high four goals and one assist from Danny Glading and three goals from Drew Thompson. Goalkeeper Kip Turner posted 10 saves as Delaware outshot the Cavaliers 44-40.

“We talked all week about coming in here and not being shellshocked because of the big crowd and Virginia’s national ranking,” said Scherr, who has recorded 35 saves in the last two games, including 17 in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game win over Towson last Saturday. “But when you get here and see it, I think maybe we were at first. But after we made our first stop, we kept building on it and we came out and made the plays. The defense did a great job of making Virginia’s shots manageable for me. That’s all I can ask for and that made my job a lot easier today.”

Virginia jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first two minutes as Thompson scored just one minute in and Glading scored his first goal just 64 seconds later. But the Hens settled down and took the lead as they scored three straight goals, one each by defender Brian Calabrese (the first of his career), Giordano, and Zuder-Havens.

Virginia’s Glading and Delaware’s Kevin Kaminski traded goals to knot the score at 4-4 after one period and Dickson scored the first two goals of the second quarter to give the Hens a 6-4 lead. The Cavaliers came right back on two Glading goals to tie the game for the fourth time at 6-6, but the Hens went into intermission with a 7-6 lead when defender Rob Smith scored his fifth goal of the season with just 2:24 left in the stanza.

The Cavaliers earned their final share of the lead just 16 seconds into the third quarter when Thompson scored to knot the contest at 7-7. It was all Delaware after that as the Blue Hens reeled off seven straight goals before Virginia finally ended a scoreless streak of over 28 minutes late in the game.

Hall, who extended his point-scoring streak to 29 straight games, and Dickson each scored twice during the pivotal 7-0 run.

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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @11:22PM
This was definitely the biggest win for Bob Shillinglaw in almost 30 seasons at Delaware. I thought in the early season that Delaware was one of the teams who was capable of being the Cinderella Team this year. All they have to do now is beat UMBC next weekend in Annapolis and they will be in their 1st Final Four ever. Congratulations to Delaware and Bob Shillinglaw.
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The reason the better schools are getting beat
    by (#156321) on 5/15/07 @7:39PM
The higher ranked schools are looking at the private schools for their players and aren't paying attention to the public school players. For example, kevin huntley for JHU, he isnt good. He can finish, my little 10 year old brother can finish. If I coached a team he wouldnt play for me. I would take someone like shane koppens who is very good and is under rated
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Private School Kids ARE Better
    by (#169188) on 5/17/07 @6:05PM
I played in Public school, and most places I've seen have much better private school lacrosse programs than public schools. Kevin Huntley from JHU is an amazing player, the team is just coached by a defensive hot shot. I saw UMBC play Hopkins and I saw Delaware play Lehigh and Hopkins looked far and away better than the other three teams I mentioned. UMBC could have been pumbled by Hopkins. Face it, Delaware played up to their potential and UVA didn't. If I was a college coach I would stay away from public school talent.
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    by (#136419) on 5/17/07 @8:15PM
I didn't have enough room to end that title with "DOMINATE." Not saying that the public schools in this region don't put out some good players, but in this day and age, the private schools dominate in terms of good players and teams. The private schools have always, ALL TOGETHER, had better teams than the public schools. However, several years ago, there were some public school teams that could have competed with, and even beaten, most of the private schools. Throughout the 60's and 70's, Towson High School had some incredible teams which produced loads of great players. And in the late 80's and early 90's, Dulaney had some incredible teams that could have competed with almost any team in the country. As soon as the 90's came about, it seemed like the private schools started to get almost all of the best players. Little by little, their domination increased, and it seems like the private school domination is at an all-time high today.

In this day and age, if you look at the Top 10 Boy's Varsity Lacrosse teams in the Baltimore Sun Rankings every week from the beginning to the end of the season, almost all of the spots are occupied by private school teams. Most of them are from the MIAA "A" Conference, which is considered by many to be the toughest high school lacrosse league in the country. IMHO, that is the hardest conference in any sport in the Baltimore-Annapolis area to repeat as champion in. The talent and the parity among the top teams is incredible. Here are the teams in the MIAA "A" Conference:

St. Paul's
Boys' Latin
Calvert Hall
Mt. St. Joseph
Archbishop Spalding
St. Mary's
Friends-I think they are still in it.
I hope I didn't miss anyone.

I wouldn't be surprised if these schools increase their dominance as years go on, and in time, the parity will be much bigger. The 3 weaker teams, Friends, Mt. St. Joseph, and Archbishop Spalding, have improved. And, as years go on, they will get even better. Archbishop Spalding has improved a lot, and with a more yuppy student body, much improved athletic facilites, and more lacrosse hype, they could be a tough out someday. Traditionally, Mt. St. Joseph has had a few great players but has not had as solid of a team as most others. However, I understand that they are re-doing their sports facilities and that those new facilities are going to be awesome. I predict that a lot more great players from Anne Arundel County, Catonsville, Ellicott City, Howard County, and Carroll Country who would have originally gone to the bigger lacrosse schools will now go to Mt. St. Joseph. Friends is known to be very artsy in some ways. However, one must remember that Friends is the alma mater of the great Kyle Harrison. I bet that knowing that Kyle went there will steer a few more players to friends.

And folks, remember this school for future years-John Carroll High School. John Carroll is a coed-Catholic high school out in Bel Air. Throughout the years, they have produced some really good players. However, since they are located out in rural Harford Country, they weren't located in a highly populated area and were too far away for many of the Balimore-area kids. John Carroll is currently in the MIAA "B" Conference. However, I predict that they are going to get a lot better as the years go on, move up to the "A" Conference, and be very competitive at times. First of all, Harford Country is much more populated than it used to be. Second of all, they have built some beautiful homes out there, and some very wealthy families have moved there, either from somewhere else in the county, from out of town, or even from Baltimore so that they now can have a little bit more nature and peace and quiet to enjoy. Hey! Their girls team won the "A" Conference this year, beating out many of the big traditional powers in that tough conference. That might well help to draw more boys' talent to John Carroll, because lacrosse is a CULTURE in this region for boys and girls. They love to be together.

Just to let people know, the top public school teams in the Baltimore-Annapolis area in this day-and-age are usually teams like Broadneck, Severna Park, Mt. Hebron, and Dulaney. It is not much of a surprise that those are the public schools with the most rich kids.
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Maryland public schools have plenty good talent
    by (#156321) on 6/30/07 @9:50AM
Ok, private schools do have ALOT of talent but look at severna park high school, Mike Gvosden(goalie for Hopkins), Ben Hunt (middie for UNC), Chris Hunt(incoming freshman at UNC) Colby Rhodes(incoming freshman at Penn State) from Arundel high school Brooks Korvin (attackman for army)

Im not saying public kids are better but public schools have alot of unseen talent that needs to be noticed
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @11:25PM
Heck yes! All together, UVA has a lot more talent than Delaware. UVA will be back, no doubt. However, it is so sweet to see a school like Delaware beat a team that is such an easy sell for talent that their biggest chore is NOT to dominate.
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sort of
    by (#161678) on 5/19/07 @8:51AM
I am not blaming the win on anything b/c anything can happen in the First round up. BUt KIp Turner played with a broken finger and Ben Rubeor with a sprained knee. Those r two players u really need.
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    by (#136419) on 5/19/07 @11:35AM
And, in addition, here is 1 thing to remember:
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @11:27PM
It could be a good game, but I think that Delaware is more talented and is peaking at the right time. I say:

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    by (#166405) on 5/14/07 @5:26PM
i think ur right that Delaware is going to win but its not going to be by only 3. maybe like 5 or 6. they are going to win every faceoff and have possession of the ball the whole game
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Delaware or UMBC in the final four
    by (#130269) on 5/13/07 @11:37PM
This is freaking awesome. One of these teams is gonna be there no matter what. Thats just funny. I'm glad these underdogs pulled this off, but a little upset that the final four will be lacking some of the what is considered elite programs. But i'm much more excited than i am upset, this is sweet.
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @11:48PM
When was the last time the Quarterfinals had no teams wearing Orange in them? It is going to feel strange not seeing any jerseys with orange on them from here on!
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    by (#103345) on 5/14/07 @4:33PM
it'll be nice that for the first time in 16 years(exlucing 05), an orange team won't win, or even be in the Final 4. just awesome
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Say what now UVA fans?
    by (#143077) on 5/14/07 @12:25AM
What a game by Delaware, they played awesome and they dominated ground balls. So how did Rubeor do? Not quite tewaaraton material showings now was it? What a great day in lacrosse, congrats to the hens. Go Cornell.
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say whatt now?
    by (#141328) on 5/15/07 @3:53PM
heres what i say... congrats to delaware on the win, because they deserved it... i say rubeor wont win the award this year..but i say that the uva team is young. rubeor is only a junior himself so hes got another year along with alot of the team and even tho they lose kip turner they hav a good enoguh recruitment program to maybe replace him but theyll be another title contender next year.

o and how many times has cornell won the championship in the last 15 years? maybe u can refresh my memory
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    by (#136419) on 5/16/07 @12:05PM
They were runners up in 1987 and 1988. However, there are a few reasons why they haven't won another title since then:

1. Overall parity in the game of lacrosse came about.

2. Syracuse started dominating recruiting and lacrosse hype in Upstate New York, partly because academics were easier and they played a more exciting, uptempo style of game.

3.Willie Scroggs took over North Carolina's program. Willie was one of the best coaches and recruiters ever and built an awesome program. This introduced the South as a great place to go play lacrosse. Not only are the campuses and girls beautiful, but the winters are less ugly and the schools are away from home for most of the great players. Virginia started getting more talent and has been getting great talent ever since. Before long, Duke started getting great players. More now than ever, the majority of LACROSSE PLAYERS WANT TO GO SOUTH. That is what is what is so impressive about Cornell's dominance this season.

3. In the 70's, Richie Moran, Cornell's coach, was an awesome lacrosse coach. In fact, I think that Richie Moran in the 70's was 1 of the 5 best lacrosse coaches ever. However, as the 80's started rolling, he got a little bit older and time starting to pass by him. He had a few good years, but Cornell still wasn't the same as it was in the 70's. In the 90's, time had completely past by Moran. He retired in 1997. There is no doubt that Richie was a great coach, but he stayed a little bit too long, IMHO.

Yes, Dom Starsia and UVA have won 3 national titles and have been runner's up 2 other teams since the last time Cornell even made the title game. However, does that mean that Dom Starsia is a better coach than Jeff Tambroni and does that proove more than what Cornell is currently doing.?Absolutely not! Take nothing away from what UVA has done. They have had a great run and gotten some great players. However, as I have said before, in this day and age, UVA is such a simple sell for talent that their biggest challenge is NOT TO DOMINATE. And yes, they will be back very soon. In fact, throughout the next 10 years, they might well win more national titles than Cornell. Kip Turner is graduating, but he will be replaced by a goalie who is coming out of high school right now and who is considered to be 1 of the best goalies However, that doesn't make their accomplishments any more impressive than Cornell's accomplishments. In a way, Cornell does a lot with much less, which is so special.

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    by (#136419) on 5/16/07 @12:06PM
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final 4
    by (#165421) on 5/14/07 @9:44AM
Now that this weekend is such an upset a lot of people strongly feel that if Duke plays Cornel it will be the championship game instead of on memorial day. I disagree stongly. Whether Albany or any other team plays Duke or Cornell, the game will be close, because all of these teams are stepping up. I guess Drexel beating UVA in the first game was a sign that UVA wasnt the power it was.
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    by (#37571) on 5/14/07 @9:46AM
He is so over-rated. I know he was hurt the past two weeks, but if you look at all the keepers out there turner is more ike the 7 or 8th best goalie. Of course he will receive 1st or 2nd team all-american because he plays on a great team that had a great regular season. Go over the entire season and look at how many great games he had, maybe two. Not a stand-out goalie. Loftus on Duke is much better overall goalie.
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Not overrated, just out-played
    by (#28787) on 5/14/07 @2:58PM
I wouldn't say Kip Turner is overrated, he just got out-played by Tommy Scherr. I'm glad to see Delaware beat UVA. I thought the Hens played their hearts out. But Turner and the rest of the team seemed complacent, not interested, and it cost them. Remember, Turner won the Nat'l Championship last year and almost got them to the title game as a sophomore. He is a very good goalie, but no goalie looks good when their defense sucks like UVA did on Sunday. Turner will not be an All-American (maybe Honorable Mention). McMonagle (Cornell), Queener (Albany), and Loftus (Duke) are the 3 best goalies in the country.
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yes, but not very
    by (#103345) on 5/14/07 @4:35PM
i think he's a little over-rated, in fact i'd go out to say that the few goalies from the past 5 years at uva have been.
Don't get me wrong, they were all exceptional goalies who were high-caliber, but the fact is that uva's offense controls the ball and runs up the score, meaning you don't have to be all-world to look good in the cage in uva.
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    by (#168822) on 5/14/07 @6:19PM
if youre still bitter about tillman johnson making all of the blue jays shooters look like clowns in 2003, we all understand.
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not really
    by (#103345) on 5/15/07 @9:23PM
that was awhile ago, and one game. They say every dog has his day, and it was in fact quite the opposite of that game in the reg. season, reg season none the less.
No, im saying that that while the uva goalies are incredible none the less, it certainly helps when you have their offense that can control the ball, and score, making the goalies job easier. It means they aren't forced to play well.
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    by (#139861) on 5/22/07 @10:21PM
"putting a game-tying shot between the legs of a terrific goalie with 1.4 seconds left takes skill."-jhulaxfan44
Overrated huh? But he's still a terrific goalie?
Okay man.
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    by (#139861) on 5/14/07 @3:12PM
I would call 20 saves against Duke's offense (what I'd call the best in the nation) pretty much the best game played by any goalie this entire year. And unlike most other goalies, Kip hasn't had one really bad game where it's stood out. I'd say he has the best reflexes of any goalie in college lacrosse right now, he just doesn't have the best technique on all shots. And I'd agree, Loftus is indeed an outstanding goalie.
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    by (#103345) on 5/14/07 @4:39PM
I think this is hilarious when on the bracket thread someone quoted something along the lines of "uva will have a easy ride to the title game before losing".
This also shows that duke or cornell may get ambushed next weekend.
Although i wanted the jays to play uva again.
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    by (#143986) on 5/14/07 @5:25PM
delaware or umbc in the final 4. I think this is good for the game. Getting new teams a shot to show what they can really do. No one thought they would make it this far. Both final 4 games will be good. Both games will have basically evenly matched teams in Duke vs Cornell and Hopkins vs Delaware.
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    by (#166405) on 5/14/07 @5:28PM
Delaware is nasty... mainly because of Alex Smith and his faceoffs.... they are going to be even better when they get Tommy Maher from Herkimer... he is nastyyy.
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    by (#125413) on 5/26/07 @5:59PM
Virginia will be back. They are probably the odds on favorite to win it all next year. their attack unit returns, they only lose thompson on midfeild (and he was not as good as people say he is) they return their best 2 defenceman (smith takes too many chances, better fit at LSM)timms returns. Amazing freshman class coming in(Rhamel and Shamel Bratton) they will have goalie issues with Turner leaving, but they should score a lot.
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