Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/19/11
Thanks to a productive day from attackman Grant Kaleikau and two big defensive plays from midfielder Dom Sebastiani in the final minute, the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad bounced back in a big way Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens knocked off No. 4 ranked Hofstra 7-6 at Delaware Stadium.
The defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Blue Hens (5-3, 1-0 CAA) were impressive in their 2011 league opener as Kaleikau had a hand in five of the seven goals with two scores and three assists and the Hens defeated their highest ranked opponent since downing third-ranked Virginia in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Hofstra (5-1, 0-1 CAA) suffered its first setback of the season and fell to the Blue Hens for the first time since the 2007 campaign after downing Delaware three straight times. Each of the last six meetings between the two teams and 10 of the last 12 have been decided by three or less goals in this spirited rivalry.
“What a fantastic feeling,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who picked up his 293rd victory in his 36-year career as head coach. “This was our best played game of the year and it came at a good time against a nationally ranked team from the CAA. I’m happy for the players. We executed our game plan well, played great defense, kept our turnovers down, and Noah (Fossner) was great in goal all day. This was an all-around team win.”
Sophomore midfielder John Mills added two goals while senior midfielder Nick Elsmo registered a goal and an assist and Fossner turned back 13 shots in goal. Sebastiani also scored a goal but it was his defensive effort that shined as he caused two Hofstra turnovers in the final minute to preserve the victory.
Delaware, which opened the season by winning its first three games, bounced back after suffering consecutive setbacks of 11-9 to Albany and most recently 14-9 to No. 6 ranked Stony Brook last Saturday. The Hens also snapped a streak of three straight losses to Top 10 ranked opponents, including a 14-13 setback to No. 4 ranked North Carolina in the 2010 NCAA?Tournament. Delaware has posted 14 victories over Top 20 opponents since 2007.
Drexel 15, Mount St. Mary’s 9
Robert Church scored four goals and Scott Perri added three goals and two assists to lead the Dragons (4-3) to the victory.
Villanova 10, Manhattan 6
C.J. Small tallied four goals and Kevin Cunningham added two goals and three assists while Brian Karalunas had five groundballs and three caused turnovers to help the Wildcats (7-1) win their sixth straight.
Lehigh 17, Presbyterian 4
Dante Fantoni scored four goals as the Mountain Hawks (4-3) cruised to the win.
Towson 9, Stony Brook 8
Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East) scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers (2-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by earning a non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University (3-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
Led by Hughes, who posted his third “hat trick” in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.
Colgate 11, Fairfield 9
Andrew Mould (Hill School) had three goals for Colgate (5-3).