UpDate - Vol. 13, No. 28, Page 7
April 21, 1994
Blue Hen All-American's main focus is on assists

     The March wind rips across the Delaware Stadium parking lot, carrying
with it the last traces of a winter that most people would just as soon
forget.
     On this substitute practice field, the Delaware men's lacrosse team is
split into two groups, each honing the skills that have earned them a No.
20 spot in the pre-season Division I rankings.
     Helping the Blue Hens achieve this national recognition is junior
attack All-American Anthony DiMarzo, who led the nation last season with 50
assists.
     "Anthony is a diverse offensive player," said Delaware head coach Bob
Shillinglaw. "He has very good field vision and is an exceptional feeder
(passer)."
     The All-American team is picked by a group of 30 Division-I coaches,
with the results made public around the first of June.
     "I was definitely excited and happy to receive the award," DiMarzo
said.
     North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Player of the Year in 1993, DiMarzo
set Delaware records with 50 assists and 76 points, breaking the single
season record held by Blue Hen Rick Mills since 1975.
     "That is my game," DiMarzo said. "I get more satisfaction out of
making assists than scoring goals."
     With 103 assists, DiMarzo needs only 21 more to tie the school career
record held by Mills.
     DiMarzo, a graduate of Lakeland High School in Putnam Valley, N.Y.,
has been playing lacrosse since middle school.
     "The high school lacrosse coach was a teacher at the Copper Beech
Middle School I attended," DiMarzo said. "The area where I grew up is big
for lacrosse. Through hearing people talk about the sport and watching
others play, I became interested."
     The Blue Hens were interested, too.
     "We saw Anthony playing in high school and all-star games and realized
that he was a quality player," said Shillinglaw, now in his 16th year as
Delaware's head coach.
     Shillinglaw compared the position of attack to that of playing guard
in basketball.
     "An attack is an offensive player," he said. "He plays most of the
game on the offensive end and sets up the other players."
     The hardest thing for an attack player is getting open, or away from
the defender to feed the ball. Having All-American status does not make
DiMarzo's job any easier.
     "It puts pressure on me, now that I have the award," DiMarzo said.
     "DiMarzo won't sneak up on anyone this year," said Shillinglaw in the
pre-season lacrosse media guide. "He always gets the other team's top
defender, and I'm sure other people will be doing some different things to
stop him."
     DiMarzo is not the only family member with a passion for the sport.
     "My sister, Kristin, is an excellent lacrosse player," he said. "She
has been named to the all-conference and all-county teams back home."
     His parents, though not interested in lacrosse until DiMarzo started
playing, go to every game, having missed only one contest during the past
two seasons.
     When not in a Blue Hen uniform, DiMarzo likes to take in other
lacrosse games and tournaments.
     "I know at least one player on each team that we play," he said. "I go
to the tournaments just to enjoy the games."
     During the off season, players stay in shape through running and a
form of weight training known as plyometrics.
     "It consists of moving from side to side to develop foot and hand
speed," DiMarzo said. "We try to imitate the moves we would make on the
field."
     Players need this type of conditioning to keep up with the opposition
and to stand up to the football-like hits they take from rival stickmen.
     DiMarzo and his teammates are enthusiastic about the Blue Hens'
chances to reach the NCAA tournament this year.
     "We have a good team with a lot of talent," he said. "We just have to
put it together."
                                                  -Jerry Rhodes