2:56 p.m., May 1, 2007--The Delaware Lacrosse Club, the men's lacrosse club team at the University of Delaware, captured the National College Lacrosse League national championship with an 11-8 victory over Ohio State University on Sunday, April 29, at Kutztown, Pa.
DLC advanced to the championship game by defeating Cornell University 11-10 in sudden death overtime in the semifinals played Saturday.
In the championship game, Ohio State came out strong, won the battle for ground balls at midfield, and took a quick 6-1 lead. DLC fought back to draw within 6-3 at the half.
DLC dominated the second half, with its offense holding possession for much of the time. The battle at midfield went DLC's way, with Dave Meninger winning the majority of the face-offs. The defense tightened its play and allowed just two goals in the second half while the offense found the back of the net eight times.
In a wild semifinal game against Cornell, DLC took an early lead but saw their opponent mount a steady comeback that ended with the score tied 10-10 at the end of regulation. The game went into a sudden death overtime period, with no timeouts and no time limit, and things looked bleak for DLC when it went man down. However, goalie Ben Wilson made several key saves to hold the tie.
After a DLC clear, attack Rowan Michael dodged from behind the net and scored in the bottom right corner of the goal for the victory.
In regional action to reach the final four, DLC defeated Georgetown University 12-6 and Princeton University 10-2.
DLC President Anthony Brazen said those two wins gave the club team “the momentum we needed to carry throughout the Final Four weekend.”