Apr 6, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT
The University of Delaware will honor one of the finest teams in its men’s lacrosse history Sunday when the Blue Hens host Ohio State at Delaware Stadium at 12 noon.
Over 30 members of that 1984 Blue Hens men’s lacrosse team, which became the first squad in team history to advance to the NCAA Tournament, gathered for a team dinner on Saturday night and will be honored at halftime of the Delaware vs. Ohio State game Sunday.
Led by current head coach Bob Shillinglaw, the Blue Hens put together a 12-4 record in 1984, captured the East Coast Conference title, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Johns Hopkins in the opening round in Baltimore.
Along the way, the high-scoring Blue Hens outscored opponents 181 to 100 and scored 10 or more goals eight times. In addition to a perfect 5-0 record in East Coast Conference play, the Blue Hens also posted non-league victories over the likes of Duke, Rutgers, and Princeton.
Team members expected to be on hand Sunday are midfielder Gino Bateman, defender Pete Carbone, defender Charlie Chatterton, midfielder Bob Conrad, goalkeeper Dave Darrell, midfielder Steve Darwin, goalkeeper Steve Delargy, defender John DellaRocca, team co-captain and All-ECC defender Tom Flynn All-ECC midfielder Chris Guttilla, All-American defender Dan Harley, attackman Pete Jenkins, defender Joe Junior, defender Bill Kemp, midfielder Jeff Kirby, midfielder Dick Miller, midfielder John Moeser, team scoring leader, ECC Player of the Year, and All-American attackman Randy Powers, midfielder Bill Regan, attackman Mark Seifert, midfielder and All-American faceoff specialist Steve Shaw, attackman Chris Spencer, midfielder Dan Sterns, team co-captain and All-ECC defender Dean Stocksdale, midfielder Pete Van Bemmel, and attackman Rob Webster.
This year’s Blue Hens are currently 6-5 and coming off a 10-5 road win at Manhattan Tuesday that snapped a three-game losing streak. Delaware is led offensively by junior midfielder Brian Kormondy (13 goals) and senior attackman Dan Keane (13 goals) while sophomore goalkeeper Conor Peaks and junior faceoff specialist Tyler Barbarich rank among the top players in the nation at their positions. Peaks has allowed just 8.19 goals per game (11th in the NCAA) and owns a .567 save percentage (12th in NCAA) while Barbarich ranks 13th in the NCAA with a .632 winning percentage on faceoffs. As a team, Delaware ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 8.7 goals per game.
Ohio State, coming off a 13-2 win over Jacksonville back on Mar. 29, enters with a record of 3-6 but has consistently been hit with hard luck this season against a tough schedule. Among OSU’s losses are a 10-9 triple overtime loss to then No. 11 Johns Hopkins, a 12-11 overtime loss to Massachusetts, and close setbacks to then Top 20 foes Penn State, Denver, and Notre Dame. The Buckeyes are led offensively by Jesse King (18 goals, 13 assists), Carter Brown (13 goals), and Turner Evans (9 goals, 14 assists). The Buckeyes rank No. 3 nationally in clearing percentage (.934) and 14th in scoring defense (8.67).
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