Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/8/15
From Press Release
University of Delaware men’s lacrosse coach Bob Shillinglaw was ecstatic to win on Tuesday afternoon. The fact that the 6-5 victory added to his coaching legacy made it even more special.
Delaware (2-5) fought back from a 5-4 deficit with under seven minutes left to play and got clutch goals from Joe Eisele (St. Augustine Prep) and Anthony Disanzo in the final 3:21 to post the non-league win over host Manhattan (0-6) at Gaelic Stadium and give Shillinglaw his 300th career victory at UD.
Shillinglaw, now in his 38th season at the helm of the Blue Hens, joined former Massachusetts coach Dick Garber as the only coaches in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to win 300 games at one school. Shillinglaw, in his 41st season overall as a head coach, also picked up win No. 324 all-time.
“This win means so much just for the players,” said Shillinglaw, whose team improved to 2-5 and bounced back from a 23-13 setback vs. No. 14 Villanova Saturday. “Our guys have been putting in a lot of effort and have battled all year. We’ve had some down times for sure this season. But I couldn’t be more pleased for them. They did it in exciting fashion down to the end today.
“This is a great group of guys,” continued Shillinglaw. “I’ve enjoyed coaching here at Delaware immensely. I wouldn’t want to coach anywhere else in the country.”
Eisele, a freshman from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., notched his first career hat trick as he scored three times, including a sore from Disanzo with 3:21 left that tied the game for the fifth time on the day.
Disanzo then scored the game-winner with 2:16 left as he took a feed from co-captain Steve DeLargy and scored past Manhattan netminder Michael Zingaro (11 saves). DeLargy finished with three asists on the day.
Delaware held a big 31-18 advantage in shots and won 8 of 15 faceoffs. The Hens also forced 18 turnovers and got a big effort in goal from sophomore Parker Ferrigan who recorded four saves.
Manhattan jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second quarter before the Hens came back on goals by redshirt freshman Andrew Romagnoli and Eisele to tie it with 8:13 left in the half. The Jaspers went up again 3-2 on a goal by Matt Garvey withi 5:47 left but Eisele scored again with 3:08 left to send the game into halftime tied 3-3.
The Jaspers took a 4-3 lead into the final quarter before Delaware’s Connor Frisina (Conestoga) tied the game for the fourth time at 4-4 with 7:35 left. Manhattan gained the lead back once again as Alex Abiog scored with 6:34 left.
It was all Delaware after that as the Hens tied it three minutes later and then scored the game-winner 65 seconds later.
“This game had a lot of highs and lows,” said Delaware senior co-captain and defensive midfielder Elijah Conte. “We had a great game plan and got back to the team defense we know we can play. It’s phenomenal to be part of this. I was part of Coach Shillinglaw’s 300th win overall as a freshma. It’s a huge testament to him and a tribute to the time he has put in here. We are honored to be coached by such a great guy. He is a gret mentor and it is a special day for the University of Delaware.”