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Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens men's lacrosse

Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens men's lacrosse

The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens men's lacrosse team represents the University of Delaware in NCAA Division I men's college lacrosse. Delaware currently competes as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and plays its home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware.

Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens men's lacrosse
Founded1948 (1948)
Head coachBen DeLuca(since 2018 season)
StadiumDelaware Stadium
LocationNewark, Delaware
NicknameFightin' Blue Hens
ColorsRoyal Blue and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(1) - 2007
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(3) - 1984, 1999, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
(6) - 1984, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011
Conference Tournament championships
(3) - 2007, 2010, 2011
Conference regular season championships
(21) - 1961, 1962, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2005


Head coach Bob Shillinglaw led the Blue Hens for over 30 years and is only the second man to coach 500 lacrosse games.

In 2007, Delaware was ranked 15th in the country heading into the 2007 NCAA tournament. The team had won seven games in a row and the CAA tournament. Delaware advanced to the semifinals (Final Four), defeating #2 Virginia before losing to Johns Hopkins 8–3. It marked the team's first NCAA Final Four lacrosse appearance.

In the program's history, Delaware has produced several notable players, including NCAA Player of the Year John Grant, Jr. among the world's best lacrosse players, Anthony DiMarzo 13th all-time in Division I career assists, Jordan Hall of the Major League Lacrosse Rochester Rattlers, Alex Smith also of the Rochester Rattlers, Matt Alrich, Bryan Barrett, Chris Collins, Keevin Galbraith, Jay Motta, John Ciliberto, Dan Deckelbaum, Chris Bickley, Mike "Moses" Marone, Scott Rickli, RC Reed and Curtis Dickson.

Season Results

The following is a list of Delaware's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

Mickey Heinecken (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1966–1972)
1971Mickey Heinecken9-38-21st
1972Mickey Heinecken8-36-23rd
Mickey Heinecken:17-614-4
Jim Grube (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1973–1974)
1973Jim Grube5-85-4
1974Jim Grube7-54-4
Jim Grube (East Coast Conference) (1975–1978)
1975Jim Grube10-24-01st
1976Jim Grube11-14-01st
1977Jim Grube9-44-01st
1978Jim Grube7-73-11st
Jim Grube:49-2724-9
Bob Shillinglaw (East Coast Conference) (1979–1991)
1979Bob Shillinglaw13-24-01st
1980Bob Shillinglaw8-84-01st
1981Bob Shillinglaw8-84-01st
1982Bob Shillinglaw6-104-01st
1983Bob Shillinglaw8-84-12nd
1984Bob Shillinglaw12-45-01stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1985Bob Shillinglaw9-74-1T-1st
1986Bob Shillinglaw10-66-01st
1987Bob Shillinglaw8-85-12nd
1988Bob Shillinglaw6-104-22nd
1989Bob Shillinglaw8-85-13rd
1990Bob Shillinglaw7-94-23rd
1991Bob Shillinglaw6-103-12nd
Bob Shillinglaw (America East Conference) (1992–2001)
1992Bob Shillinglaw8-74-01st
1993Bob Shillinglaw5-94-01st
1994Bob Shillinglaw8-64-01st
1995Bob Shillinglaw6-94-12nd
1996Bob Shillinglaw8-74-23rd
1997Bob Shillinglaw3-122-45th
1998Bob Shillinglaw9-63-22nd
1999Bob Shillinglaw14-35-01stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2000Bob Shillinglaw10-64-1T-1st
2001Bob Shillinglaw6-93-23rd
Bob Shillinglaw (Colonial Athletic Association) (2002–2017)
2002Bob Shillinglaw3-110-67th
2003Bob Shillinglaw5-100-56th
2004Bob Shillinglaw10-62-3T-3rd
2005Bob Shillinglaw11-64-1T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
2006Bob Shillinglaw12-53-3T-3rd
2007Bob Shillinglaw13-64-23rdNCAA Division I Final Four
2008Bob Shillinglaw9-73-3T-3rd
2009Bob Shillinglaw5-102-4T-5th
2010Bob Shillinglaw10-73-2T-2ndNCAA Division I First Round
2011Bob Shillinglaw11-74-2T-2ndNCAA Division I First Round
2012Bob Shillinglaw6-91-5T-6th
2013Bob Shillinglaw5-101-5T-6th
2014Bob Shillinglaw7-91-4T-5th
2015Bob Shillinglaw5-101-46th
2016Bob Shillinglaw5-102-3T-4th
2017Bob Shillinglaw7-80-56th
Bob Shillinglaw:310-303124-79
Ben DeLuca (Colonial Athletic Association) (2018–Present)
2018Ben DeLuca6-83-2T-2nd
2019Ben DeLuca10-53-23rd
Ben DeLuca:16-136-4
 National champion   Postseason invitational champion  
 Conference regular season champion   Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
 Division regular season champion Division regular season and conference tournament champion
 Conference tournament champion

See also

  • NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship (1971– )

  • Wingate Memorial Trophy (1934–1970)


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