BALTIMORE -- University of Delaware senior All-American Curtis Dickson picked a good time to post his career-best for goals in a game.
The high-scoring senior from British Columbia, the second highest active goal-scorer in NCAA Division I with 111 tallies, erupted for seven goals and finished the game in thrilling fashion as he scored with 1:07 left in the third sudden death overtime period to lead the Blue Hens to an 11-10 win over No. 12 ranked UMBC Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.
The Blue Hens, off to a 2-0 start for the sixth time in the last seven years, overcame a goal in the last minute by the host Retrievers (0-1) that sent the game into overtime. UMBC had rallied back from a 6-4 halftime deficit by scoring five of the first six goals of the fourth quarter to take a 9-8 lead with 3:11 left.
The game was only the second triple overtime contest in Delaware history but the first since defeating Albany 8-7 back in 2008 at Rullo Stadium. Senior Martin Cahill added three goals for the Hens, who outshot UMBC 42-38 and held a decisive 16-9 advantage on faceoffs thanks to the play of Tommy Lee.
Dickson also added an assist for a career-high eight-point day while Mark Steverson added the other Delaware goal and goalkeeper Noah Fossner turned back nine shots, including three in overtime.
Kyle Wimer and Bobby Stockton each scored three goals for UMBC, which was playing its season opener. Matt Latham also recorded two goals while Rob Grimm added a goal and an assist.
Athlete photoThe Hens avenged a 14-9 loss to the Retrievers last season and downed UMBC for the fourth time in the last five outings. Next up for the Blue Hens is a meeting on Tuesday night at No. 5 ranked Johns Hopkins in a rematch of the 2007 NCAA national semifinals won by the Blue Jays 8-3.
Dickson, who extended his consecutive point-scoring streak to 42 straight games, pulling to within five of the all-time Delaware record, surpassed his previous high goal-scoring game of six against Drexel during the 2008 season as he notched his second hat trick of the season and 17th of his career. The seven goals is the most scored by a Delaware player since All-American John Grant scored eight vs. Rutgers on March 29, 1998.
Dickson scored five first-half goals to stake the Hens to a 6-4 lead at the break, scoring his fourth straight goal for the Hens with 2:02 left in the half to give UD a 6-3 lead. UMBC got a goal from Jamie Kimbles with 49 seconds left to narrow the deficit to two goals.
Delaware built the lead to 7-4 after three periods as the Hens shutout the Retrievers and found the net just once when Cahill tallied off a feed from Carter Bloor with 3:45 left in the stanza.
The fourth quarter was a wild one that saw nine total goals scored, including six by UMBC as it made its comeback. Latham and Grimm scored early in the quarter to cut the lead to 7-6 but the Hens answered on a goal by Steverson from a Dickson feed to push the lead to 8-6 with 9:36 remaining in regulation.
But UMBC stormed back with four straight goals, the last by Stockton with 3:11 left to give the Retrievers their first solo lead of the day.
Delaware broke the string as Cahill scored with 2:22 left to tie the game for the fifth time and Dickson gave the Hens the lead back just 30 seconds later with his sixth goal off an assist by Eric Smith. UMBC then the game into overtime on a goal by Stockton with just 36 seconds left.
Neither team scored during the first or second overtime periods before Dickson finally ended the marathon with his seventh goal with 1:07 left in the third overtime period.
Umbc vs. Delaware
|Curtis Dickson||(7, 1)|
|Martin Cahill||(3, 0)|
|Tommy Lee||(0, 1)|
|Pat Lombard||(0, 1)|
|Eric Smith||(0, 1)|
|Kevin Kaminski||(0, 1)|
|Grant Kaleikau||(0, 1)|
|Carter Bloor||(0, 1)|
|Mark Steverson||(1, 0)|
|Brad Zink||(0, 1)|