Delaware Stuns #20 Towson and Wins CAA Championship

Cooney aided the Delaware cause by winning a season-high 15 of 20 faceoffs and grabbing six ground balls.

Harrington led the Tigers with two goals and one assist, while Norris also tallied a pair of goals. Stratton added a career-high three assists for the Tigers, who finished as CAA runners-up for the second year in a row. Love, a second team All-CAA selection at goalkeeper, made 11 saves for the Tigers.

Harrington and Pastirik represented the Tigers on the All-Tournament Team, along with junior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.). Mezzanotte had six caused turnovers in the Tigers' two CAA Tournament games and ended the season with a CAA-high 30 caused turnovers.

Delaware will be making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since the 2007 season when the Blue Hens reached the Final Four.

After a 1-5 start to the season against the nation's toughest schedule, the Tigers ended the year by winning six of their final nine games, including five in a row from April 3 to April 24. They won the CAA regular season title for the fourth time in eight years with a 4-1 league record.

"We had a great group of kids this year," said Seaman, who completed his 29th season as a college coach and 12th year with the Tigers. "They wanted to win this so bad for so many reasons today. They battled back and hung in there until the very end.

"It would have been exciting for these kids to get the chance to go to the NCAA Tournament," Seaman added. "We won the CAA regular season title with a schedule that I gave them that was very tough to go by."

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TOWSON, Md. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in sixth years thanks to another big effort Saturday as the Blue Hens, backed by a record-setting five goals from Curtis Dickson and a season-high 16 saves from tournament Most Valuable Player Noah Fossner, survived a frantic final quarter on the way to a 12-9 win over No. 20 Towson in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game at Unitas Stadium.

The Blue Hens (10-6), who won their fifth straight game, captured their first title since the 2007 season when they also defeated Towson on its home field in the title game on the way to its only NCAA Final Four appearance. The conference title was the 22nd in school history for the Blue Hens, who will find out Sunday who their first round opponent will be in the NCAA Tournament which begins next weekend.

Dickson tallied five goals, include two crucial scores in a 48 second span early in the fourth quarter, and Fossner, the tournament Most Valuable Player, came up with his biggest save of the season with just over two minutes remaining and the Hens hanging on for dear life to pace to key the victory.

“It's been an unbelievable season so far and we're excited that we have the opportunity to keep it going,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who will lead the Hens into the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history. “This team is so close - one of the best groups we've ever had. Four weeks ago we had our backs to the wall and every game was a must win. Today was no different. But we came out focused and determined. We've had to deal with some things this year, but we rallied around that today.”

Dickson, the NCAA Division I leader in goals and points and a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the national player of the year, extended those numbers on Saturday as he upped his season total to 62 and passed Randy Powers (1983-86) as the all-time career goals leader in Delaware history with 162. He also netted his NCAA-leading 12th hat trick of the season - including his sixth straight - and extended streaks to 25 straight games with a goal and 56 straight with a point.

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2010-05-08



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