Delaware Stuns #20 Towson and Wins CAA Championship

The Blue Hens grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Austin scored an unassisted goal. Seeking their fourth CAA championship, the Tigers came right back and dominated the rest of the first period as they scored three unanswered goals to build a 3-1 lead entering the second quarter. Sophomore attackman Matt Lamon (St. Mary's H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored the game-tying goal off a pass from Armour with 5:22 remaining in the first period.

With 2:56 left in the opening quarter, freshman attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal to give Towson a 2-1 lead. With five seconds left in the first quarter, Harrington increased the Tigers' lead to 3-1 when he scored off a pass from Stratton.

If the first quarter belonged to Towson, the second period was all Delaware as the Blue Hens outscored the Tigers by 6-1 in the second quarter. With 11:18 left in the period, junior midfielder Kevin Kaminski (Strath Haven H.S./Wallingford, Pa.) tallied an unassisted goal to cut the Blue Hens' deficit to 3-2. With 7:16 remaining in the half, Kaminski scored his second unassisted goal to tie the game at 3-3.

With 4:51 remaining in the first half, Dickson drilled a 15-yard rocket past junior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.) to give Delaware a 4-3 lead.

On the ensuing faceoff, freshman midfielder Matt Thomas (Urbana H.S./Monrovia, Md.) of Towson was penalized for unnecessary roughness, giving the Blue Hens an extra-man opportunity. With 4:09 left in the half, senior midfielder Martin Cahill (The Governor's Academy/Malden, Mass.) took a pass from sophomore attackman Grant Kaleikau (Watkins Mill H.S./Germantown, Md.) and scored an extra man goal to put Delaware up by 5-3.

Just 64 seconds later, junior midfielder Pat Britton (Seneca Valley H.S./Germantown, Md.) pulled the Tigers to within 5-4 when he scored an unassisted goal.

But, it took just five seconds for the Blue Hens to score again. Sophomore Dan Cooney (Ridge H.S./Lewes, Del.), the Blue Hens' faceoff specialist, won the ensuing faceoff and scored on a fast break to give Delaware a 6-4 advantage. With 2:41 remaining in the half, Dickson scored his second goal of the game to give Delaware a 7-4 lead.

The Blue Hens, who owned a 7-4 lead at halftime, dominated the first half by winning 11 of 13 faceoffs. Delaware also outshot Towson by a 19-13 margin and owned a 20-6 advantage on ground balls.

In the third quarter, Dickson increased the Blue Hens' lead to 8-4 when he scored an unassisted goal with 10:03 left in the period. With 5:55 remaining in the period, freshman defenseman Connor Fitzgerald (Mount Sinai H.S./Mount Sinai, N.Y.) tallied the first goal of his career when he fired a 12-yard shot past Love on a fast break. His goal enabled the Blue Hens to enter the fourth quarter with a 9-4 advantage.

The nation's leading scorer with 73 points, Dickson led the Blue Hens with five goals as he upped his seasonal total to 62 goals, which also leads NCAA Division I. Kaminski and Austin each scored a pair of goals for the Blue Hens.

"Dickson is a tremendous shooter and he has 60 goals this year for a reason," Coach Seaman said. "I thought we did a good job on him, but he managed to still score goals. There were three times where he had more than one person on him and he was falling down and still managed to score."

Honored as the CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Fossner made a seasonal high 16 saves. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by Dickson, Cooney and sophomore defenseman Taylor Burns (Severn School/Millersville, Md.).

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