Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/16/10
The up and down battle that the University of Delaware expected in the Blue Hens’ NCAA Tournament opener at the University of North Carolina was evident early. And it never stopped.
The No. 12 Blue Hens and No. 4 Tar Heels battled to a 6-6 stalemate after a feverish first quarter and were tied nine other times during the non-stop action. But when the smoke finally cleared Sunday night at Fetzer Field, it was North Carolina that was on top as the Tar Heels ended the Hens’ inspirational season with a 14-13 victory.
Sophomore middie Chris Layne (Malvern Prep) had two goals to help the Tar Heels (13-2), a four-time NCAA champion advance to the NCAA quarterfinals where they will play rival Duke next Saturday at Princeton University. UNC took the lead for good on a fastbreak goal by Marcus Holman with 1:29 left in the third quarter and held on down the stretch.
Delaware (10-6), which had a five-game win streak snapped and lost for the first time since early April, was looking to repeat the magic of its 2007 run to the NCAA Final Four, but came agonizingly short.
“This was two excellent teams playing hard for 60 minutes but someone had to lose,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who had taken the Hens to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time, including three times in the last six seasons. “This game was just what I expected it would be – up and down transition with plenty of crazy plays. I just wish we could have had two or more crazy plays go our way.”
All-American and Tewaaraton Award finalist Curtis Dickson, Delaware’s career record holder for goals and the nation’s leader with 62 coming in, was held without a score for the first time since March, 2009, put the Hens got help from plenty of others.
Anthony Ruiz and Martin Cahill, who both missed most of the week of practice due to injuries, came up big with Ruiz scoring three of his career-high four goals in the opening quarter and Cahill netting two of his three in the opening nine minutes.
D.J. Widlake added two goals and two assists, Grant Kaleikau contributed two goals and and an assist, and Kevin Kaminski (Strath Haven) had a goal and an assist for the Hens, who converted on six of nine man-up opportunities. Goalkeeper Noah Fossner collected 12 saves.
Dickson, who was harassed all night by the Tar Heel defense and drew most of the nine UNC penalties, did manage to dish out two assists and extended his school-record point scoring streak to 57 straight games.
Holman and Sean DeLaney each netted three goals for North Carolina while Thomas Wood, Matt Davie, and Layne each scored twice.
Notre Dame 8, Princeton 5
Senior captain Mike Creighton (Malvern Prep) led the defense with four groundballs and two caused turnovers as the No. 20 Irish (8-6) stunned the host Tigers (11-5).
Paul Barnes (Haverford School) scored once for Princeton.
The Irish advance to meet third-seeded Maryland Saturday at Princeton.
Army 9, Syracuse 8, 2 OT
Rob McCallion (Episcopal Academy) had a goals and two assists and Devin Lynch scored the game-winner in the second overtime as the Black Knights (11-5) stunned host and No. 2 seed Orangemen (13-2) in the opening round.
Army advances to meet Cornell Sunday at Stony Brook.
Virginia 18, Mount St. Mary’s 4
John Haldy (Haverford School) had two goals and one assist and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Ken Clausen (Hill School) had three groundballs and two caused turnovers as the No. 1 seeded Cavaliers (15-1) advanced with the easy win.
Virginia will face host Stony Brook Sunday in the second round.
Maryland 11, Hofstra 8
Defenseman Brett Schmidt (Upper Dublin) had three groundballs a caused turnover and Owen Blye (Downingtown East) scored once for the Terrapins 912-3), who advanced to the second round to face Notre Dame on Saturday.