Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/14/11
from Press Releases
No. 6 Duke (12-5) vs. No. 14 Delaware (11-6)
NCAA Tournament First Round
May 14, 2011 l 5 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Koskinen Stadium
Duke Hosts Delaware in NCAA First Round
Duke welcomes No. 14 Delaware to Durham for the NCAA Tournament first round on May 14 … The Blue Devils and Blue Hens will square off for the first time in the NCAA Tournament … Joe Beninati (PxP) and Jaime Munro (Analyst) will be on the call for ESPNU … The winner advances to the quarterfinal round in Foxborough, Mass. on May 22.
Duke/Delaware Series History
Duke and Delaware are meeting for the 13th time overall and for just the second time since 1990 … The Blue Devils and Blue Hens last squared off in 2007 with Duke emerging with a 12-6 win in Durham … This will be the first time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Devils (12-5) are coming off of a 10-6 win at Jacksonville in the regular season finale … Senior Zach Howell paces the offense with 38 goals and 15 assists for 53 points … He has registered at least one 24 of the past 25 outings … Freshman Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion), last year’s Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year, is second with 45 points from 27 goals and 18 assists, while rookie Christian Walsh has 19 goals for the year … Sophomore David Lawson has come on strong, netting eight goals in the final three games of the year … Junior CJ Costabile takes the majority of faceoffs for the Blue Devils, winning 53 percent (91-of-172) of his restarts … Costabile is tops on the squad in ground balls with 83 … Freshman Brendan Fowler is winning 58 percent of his faceoffs (77-of-132) and has 36 ground balls … Senior Tom Montelli has 49 ground balls and senior Terrence Molinari anchors the defensive midfield with 32 ground balls … Montelli leads the defense with 24 caused turnovers … In goal, sophomore Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) is 10-5 overall with a 9.52 goals against average and a .540 save percentage … He has 10-plus saves in nine games this season and is averaging 10.3 saves per game this season. Sophomore defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) has become a key cog and has 27 groundballs.
Delaware enters the NCAA Tournament after winning automatic bid from the Colonial Athletic Association … The Blue Hens are 11-6 overall on the year and ranked 14th in latest coaches poll … Delaware defeated No. 19 UMass 9-7 to win the CAA Tournament … Eric Smith headlines the attack with 41 points from 23 goals and 18 assists … Grant Kaleikau has a team-high 27 assists and 39 points overall, while Sean Finegan has 26 points … Senior midfielder Kevin Kaminski (Strath Haven) was MVP of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and has 14 goals… Dan Cooney leads the faceoff midfield, winning 53 percent (172-324) of his restarts … Cooney also is tops on the Blue Hens with 84 ground balls … Pat Dowling anchors the defense with 19 caused turnovers and 46 ground balls, while Connor Fitzgerald has 17 caused turnovers and 41 ground balls … In goal, Noah Fossner has played all but 18 minutes this season … He has a 9.20 goals against average and a .530 save percentage and is averaging 10.2 saves per game.