Men's lacrosse marks its 50th anniversary
Vol. 17, No. 27April 16, 1998

Men's lacrosse marks its 50th anniversary

On Saturday, April 18, the University will host the 50th anniversary celebration of men's lacrosse.

Over its half century at UD, the men's lacrosse team has won 18 conference titles; has made an appearance in the NCAA tournament; has been consistently ranked in the top 20 by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA); has produced 43 participants in the North-South Senior All-Star Game; and has been honored with the selection of 23 of its players as All-Americans.

In addition, Bob Shillinglaw, who ranks among the winningest active coaches in Division I lacrosse, is marking his 20th season as head coach.

The day's events will begin with a high school contest at 11 a.m. between Caesar Rodney High of Camden, Del., and Mount St. Joseph's High of Baltimore in the mini stadium. The contest is sponsored by the Delaware Lacrosse Foundation.

Also at 11 a.m., there will be an alumni game on the lacrosse practice field (behind the outdoor pool) featuring past players from UD vs. alumni from Loyola University (Maryland).

The Hens are ranked No. 19 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and Loyola is ranked at No. 5.

The varsity contest between UD and Loyola University is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Delaware Stadium. Admission is $5. All lacrosse letterwinners have been invited to return for the day's activities, and a special half-time greeting will be given to approximately 60 returning letterwinners, some of whom were on the first UD team in 1948.

The University lacrosse program is a consistent Top 20 contender and, Shillinglaw said, attracts some of the best top high school talent in the country. Its schedule is recognized as one of the most difficult in the nation, and a total of 23 players have earned All-American honors.

"This means a great deal to me," Shillinglaw, 1979 USILA Coach of the Year, said. "Obviously, I feel very close to the program, having coached here for 20 of the program's 50 years. Lacrosse is a very close-knit sport.

Parents of players become good friends through the years, and I get the chance to keep in touch with many former players when they come to home and away games."

The men's lacrosse team has had eight coaches in its 50-year history.

Harry Rawstrom, 1948-49; Milt Roberts, 1950-57 (deceased and inducted into the National Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame); Rocky Carzo, 1958-59; Ed Maley, 1960-61; Mickey Heinecken 1962-63 and 1966-72; Paul Billy, 1964-65; Jim Grube, 1973-78; and Shillinglaw, 1979-present.

For information, call UD1-HENS.