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  6-12-07

University of Delaware Lacrosse Teams Among Nation’s Most Improved During 2007 Season
 
     
  BALTIMORE, MD -- The University of Delaware men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were among the nation’s most improved NCAA Division I teams during the 2007 season according to information released by the website LaxPower.com recently.

Based on computer rankings developed by Laxpower.com that takes into account winning percentage and strength of schedule, the Blue Hen women were the second most improved NCAA Division I team in the nation in 2007 while the Delaware men were the ninth most improved team.

Head coach Bob Shillinglaw’s men’s team enjoyed its finest season in school history in 2007 as the Blue Hens posted a 13-6 record, captured its first Colonial Athletic Association championship, and advanced to the NCAA Final Four before falling to eventual national champion Johns Hopkins in the national semifinals.

Head coach Kim Ciarrocca’s UD women’s team posted a record of 11-6 this past spring, placed third in the CAA standings with a 5-2 record, and advanced to the CAA semifinals before falling to James Madison.

The Delaware women posted a record of 5-12 in 2006 and ended the season with a 86.22 power rating but improved the win total to 11 and the power rating to 88.56 this spring. The overall change of 18 was second best in the nation behind Marist, which had a change of 24 after going 10-6 in 2007 after a 5-11 record in 2006.

Old Dominion was the third most improved team followed by Drexel, Robert Morris, Rutgers, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Denver.

On the men’s side, Colgate was the most improved team with a change of 23, increasing its power rating 8.51 points. Ohio State was second followed by Albany, Notre Dame, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Brown, North Carolina, Delaware, and Siena.

The Blue Hens went 12-5 with a 91.24 power rating in 2006 and improved to a 13-6 record and 94.06 power rating this past spring.

 
 
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