Delaware Knocks Off UMBC 11-10 in 3 OT's

Delaware Knocks Off UMBC 11-10 in 3 OT's

Delaware Knocks Off UMBC 11-10 in 3 OT's

Delaware Knocks Off UMBC 11-10 in 3 OT's

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.

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Curtis Dickson #17
    by (#203902) on 2/21/10 @1:52PM
does anyone know whats on curtis dicksons #17s shaft, it doesn't look like tape
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its this
    by (#67794) on 2/21/10 @3:29PM
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    by (#202372) on 2/21/10 @11:17PM
Curtis Dickson got nasty last game too, looks like this kid is gonna get big this year...anyone agree?
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The score tells the story...
    by (#234733) on 2/22/10 @8:53AM
7 goals for one person, and only 2 other players score on a one goal game? Delaware is treading a difficult water... If Delaware's Dickson have a bad game or got a really good pole on him, then Delaware will be in trouble...

In a day and age where the top Div. 1 team has multiple threats (and I mean 6-7 guys who can score 2-3 goals per game) not just one "go to guy"... it is gonna be a hard road for the blue hens if they don't have more guys who can deliver at very least one goal per game more than just Dickson.

Its gonna be hell for them once the season gets going...
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UMBC Goalie
    by (#236482) on 2/22/10 @10:06PM
How is it that freshman goalie Adam Cohen played a whole half and three overtimes, but was credited with no saves?
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    by (#170256) on 2/23/10 @11:24PM
THe only shots they took on him were goals. Sounds worse than it was. UMBC is in dire need of a face off specialist.
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Delaware beats Hopkins?
    by (#187708) on 2/23/10 @4:28PM
I'm saying it now.... I think Delaware is going to beat Hopkins tonight!!! It is 4:28 PM and the game starts in 30 mins so i want to say it beforehand.
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Yea... don't think so
    by (#234733) on 2/24/10 @8:27AM
So... like I said, Dickson had a bad game and Delaware got hammered by Hopkins 15-7. You can't play at the same level as the Div. I big gun if you don't have multiple snipers in your roster..
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    by (#187708) on 2/24/10 @6:08PM
Well that backfired!!!
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