Pastirik Leads Towson by Delaware in Teams' CAA Opener

Dickson, Cahill and Austin each scored two goals for the Blue Hens, who matched their season low with seven goals.

“It's a great job when you can hold a team like Delaware to just seven goals,” Seaman said. “They have some great shooters and Travis came up big when he had to for us today.”

The Tigers will host local rival UMBC on Wednesday night at Unitas Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Blue Hens will face Hofstra next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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TOWSON, Md. -- The University of Delaware battled back to tie the game early in the third quarter, but the Hens were held scoreless over the final 29 minutes of the contest and dropped a 9-7 decision in both team's Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse opener Saturday afternoon at sunny Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Curtis Dickson, Martin Cahill, and John Austin each scored two goals each for Delaware, but the Blue Hens couldn't find the back of the net after Cahill's tally just one minute into the second half knotted the score at 7-7. Grant Kaleikau and Phil Rollins each added two assists for the Hens while goalkeeper Noah Fossner turned back 12 shots. Cahill scored a goal for the 10th straight game and upped his career point total to 98.

Delaware (5-5, 0-1 CAA), coming off a 14-6 win over Vermont last Saturday, fell for the fourth time in the last five games and dropped to 1-8 in its last nine league road games. Of the Hens five losses this season, four have been decided by four goals or less.

Host Towson, which broke out of a two-game slump, got three goals and an assist from Christian Pastirik and two goals from Will Harrington and improved to 2-5 (1-0 CAA). The Tigers, who also got 11 saves from goalkeeper Travis Love, had lost each of their five games this season by five goals or less and were coming off a 7-6 loss at No. 14 Loyola a week ago. Ben Ganley and Tim Stratton also each added a goal and an assist for Towson.

The game marked another tight meeting between these two long-time rivals. Towson improved to 35-23 all-time vs. the Hens with its third straight win but 13 of the last 18 meetings have been decided by three goals or less.

Neither team ever led by more than two goals the entire contest and the score was tied four times, the last at 7-7 when Delaware overcame a 7-5 halftime deficit by scoring twice in the first minute of the third stanza.

Dickson, the national leader in goals with with 38 who scored a goal for the 19th straight time and extended his school record by scoring a point for the 50th straight game, netted his second score of the game off a feed from Rollins just 24 seconds into the second half with the Hens on a man-up opportunity. Just 37 seconds later, Cahill took a feed from Mark Steverson and scored to even the contest at 7-7.

But that would be the Hens' last score of the game as Towson went ahead for good on an unassisted goal by Pastirik with 2:33 left in the third quarter and added some insurance by scoring the only goal of the fourth quarter on a bullet by Will Harrington with 3:23 left to play.

Delaware had a man-up opportunity with 5:01 left to play and down by a goal but the Hens couldn't capitalize as Towson's Cameron Zook intercepted a pass by Nick Elsmo at the 4:40 mark. The Tigers iced the win by controlling the ball for the final 1:44 with the Hens unable to cause a turnover.

Towson jumped out to a 3-1 lead midway through the first quarter on goals by Harrington, Pastirik, and Ben Ganley. But Delaware, which opened the scoring on a goal by Austin with 7:26 left in the first quarter, tied the game at 3-3 with Cahill and Dickson each scoring in the final 4:15 of the stanza.

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2010-04-03



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