Dickson Leads Delaware into CAA Tournament
from press release
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - University of Delaware All-American attackman Curtis Dickson put in another big effort and now the Blue Hens are headed back to the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Dickson, the national player of the year candidate who entered the game leading the nation in points, exploded for six goals, including two during a decisive five goal run midway through the third quarter, to lead Delaware to a 14-10 CAA victory over host Penn State at Jeffrey Field Friday night.
The win guaranteed the Blue Hens the No. 2 seed and a home berth in next week's CAA Tournament where Delaware will host the semifinals at Delaware Stadium on Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Delaware will take on the winner of Saturday's Drexel vs. Massachusetts game. No. 1 seed Towson will host the loser of the UMass-Drexel game in the semifinals on Wednesday night.
Delaware (8-6, 3-2 CAA), which won its third straight game, also got two goals each from Kevin Kaminski, Anthony Ruiz, and Martin Cahill while Grant Kaleikau scored a goal and dished out three assists.
Dickson, who also dished out an assist to cap a seven-point effort, extended his streaks to 23 straight games with a goal and 54 consecutive with a point. He also upped his career point total to 202 to become just the fifth player in school history to reach the 200-point mark, he increased his career goal total to 154 to move into second place all-time at UD, and he upped his season goal total to 54, becoming only the fifth player in UD history and the first since 1999 to reach the 50-goal plateau. He also posted his 10th hat trick this season to tie for the national lead with Duke's Max Quinzani.
Penn State (2-11, 1-4 CAA), which closed out its initial season in the CAA by losing five of its last six games, got three goals and two assists from Matthew Mackrides while Nick Dolik and Colton Vosburgh each scored twice and Anthony Basciano dished out two assists.
The Hens defeated Penn State for the first time since 1999 after two straight losses and downed the Nittany Lions for just the third time in the last 10 meetings since the 1993 season. Delaware has now clinched a winning season for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Dickson scored two goals in the first quarter, the second with 4:43 left, to knot the score at 4-4 after one stanza. Penn State broke the deadlock on a goal by Vosburgh just 38 seconds into the second stanza before Delaware's Cahill tied the game again just under four minutes later at 5-5. Penn State then took what proved to be its final lead of the night when Kyle VanThof scored at the 7:54 mark.
Delaware then reeled off five straight goals to take the lead and never looked back. Dickson started the streak with two-man-up goals just 62 seconds apart, the second with 5:23 left before intermission that gave the Hens a 7-6 lead at halftime.
The momentum continued in the second half as the Hens built the lead to 10-6 when Cahill scored 1:42 into the half, Kaleikau scored his only goal three minutes later, and Kaminski tallied at the 5:41 mark. Penn State broke the string on a goal by Vosburgh at 2:41, but Kaminski scored again with 12 seconds left in the third quarter to send Delaware up four heading into the final frame.
Dickson gave the Hens a five-goal lead when he scored off a feed from Kaleikau early in the fourth quarter, but Penn State answered with two straight goals to stay close. Dickson then scored his sixth goal of the game with 3:52 left to hand the Hens some breathing room.
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