February 7, 2009

Fast Start Propels Blue Hens

from press releases and staff reports

NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad got the 2009 season off to fast start Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens scored five goals in the first five minutes and cruised to a 13-2 win over Saint Joseph's in the season opener for both teams at Rullo Stadium.

All-American Curtis Dickson, who missed much of the pre-season with nagging injuries, scored three of his game-high four goals in that opening five-minute stretch and Martin Cahill and Pat Lombard each chipped in two goals apiece as the Hens (1-0) downed the Hawks for the ninth straight time without a loss.

Delaware outshot the Hawks by a commanding 41-21 margin, including 29-6 in the first half as the Hens led 9-1 at the break.

The Blue Hen defense forced the Hawks into 30 turnovers and 10 failed clear attempts and sophomore Noah Fossner made nine saves in first collegiate start in goal.

Eight different Delaware players scored goals as Josh Coveleski and D.J. Widlake each scored once and dished out an assist and Andrew Unthank dished out three assists.

Delaware is now 9-0 all-time against Saint Joseph's, including a perfect 4-0 mark at Rullo Stadium where the average win margin has been 14.0 goals per game for the Hens.


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