The Glasgow High girls’ soccer team entered Tuesday’s game against Wilmington Christian knowing a win would mean the program would finish the season with a winning record for the first time since 2001. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but the players and coaches can head into the offseason with their heads held high knowing that their seven wins are the most since 2018.
“It was a good season,” head coach Brian Grant said shortly after the game. “We took a huge step forward this season in recovery from the lost season in 2020 due to COVID, and we were 2-13 last season. There is a lot of optimism for next season.”
Glasgow’s 49 goals on the season are a new school record, and Mia Avila-Nolasco broke the individual single-season scoring record with 28 goals and added eight assists. Linette Diaz-Alba scored 15 goals and tallied 10 assists.
Welcome to the Hall
Two locals were enshrined in the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame on May 12 during a ceremony held at the Chase Center in Wilmington.
Katelyn Falgowski, a St. Mark’s alumna, was a three-time member of the United States Olympic field hockey team and NCAA Division I National Player of the Year at University of North Carolina.
Falgowski, a midfielder, had one of the sport’s most decorated playing careers, earning six gold, three silver, and two bronze medals with the USA national team. She led the University of North Carolina to NCAA titles in 2007 and 2009. She was a first team All-American in 2009 and 2011 and National Player of the Year as a senior, graduating as UNC’s career leader in assists. Her No. 23 jersey has been retired.
Bob Shillinglaw coached the University of Delaware’s men’s lacrosse team for 37 years, amassing 310 wins, 15 conference titles and six NCAA tournament berths, including leading the 2007 squad to the Final Four. He was national collegiate Coach of the Year in 1979 and 2007 and conference Coach of the Year five times. He coached more games (654) than any other college lacrosse coach in the history of the sport and introduced thousands to the sport through his work with the Delaware Lacrosse Foundation.
Light the Night
It is exciting for young players who get the opportunity to play under the lights, no matter the age or the sport. Canal Little League baseball teams have had that chance for years. Now, it is time to ensure the current and future generations of girls also experience it.
The league has embarked on an aggressive capital campaign to raise $150,000 to enable its softball teams to play under the lights. There are a variety of different donation levels and perks included in each. For more information visit CanalLittleLeague.org.
Local colleges shining in postseason
The University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team scored the go-ahead goal with 8 seconds remaining to upset No. 2 Georgetown University 10-9 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hens now head to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 7 Cornell in the quarterfinals on Sunday at noon on ESPNU. What makes this big game even more intriguing is that UD head coach Ben DeLuca was the head coach at Cornell from 2011-13.
This is Delaware’s first trip to the tournament quarterfinals since 2007, when the Hens reached the Final Four under former head coach Bob Shillinglaw. The top assistant on that team was current Yale head coach Andy Shay, who led the Bulldogs to the 2018 national title.
Wilmington University won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball championship for the third time in four years and ninth overall under manager Brian August, a St. Mark’s graduate and UD alum. The No. 5 Wildcats are hosting the East Region #1 bracket and faced No. 5 Southern Connecticut on Thursday morning. Local members of that team include CJ Deery and Shawn Haut (Hodgson) and Xander Emberger (Red Lion Christian Academy).
The Wildcats’ women’s softball team advanced to the Super Regionals for the first time in school history and play at No. 1 Adelphi in a best-of-three series that began Thursday in Garden City, N.Y. Courtney Dellinger (Hodgson), who started her collegiate career at UD, is a member of the team.
Attention Christiana High community
Christiana High School is holding an honorary volleyball game for former coach, math teacher and athletic director, Jennifer Mayer, who is currently fighting terminal cancer. Interested alumni and all others are invited to play or watch on June 3. Teams of all skill levels interested in playing in the tournament — $5 per player, minimum six players — should contact Kelly.Mahanna@christina.k12.de.us by May 26. Spectator admission is $5.
Pro sports chatter
Former Phillies players Mickey Morandini and Milt Thompson conducted a clinic for Bear Babe Ruth players on May 11. Rumor is there were no hints on how to preserve a 6-run lead in the ninth inning. … James Harden is now 1-8 in elimination games. He took just two shots in the second half of what many, including me, are now hoping is his last game as a Sixer. … First State Football Club is a local semi-pro soccer team, and Newark resident Mike Logothetis is the voice of the livestream and home game public address announcer. Their season kicks off May 22 at Abessinio Stadium and tickets start at just $5. More info at firststatefc.com.
Wrapping it up
Red Lion Christian Academy’s baseball team is 8-9 heading into their final game. What makes this record notable is the fact that of the nine starters on the team, four are eighth-graders and one a freshman. … Caravel Academy is the eighth seed in the girls’ lacrosse state tournament. The Bucs are the top seed in the softball tournament and also earning berths are Red Lion (#4), St. Mark’s (#6) and Newark Charter (#12).
Until next time … have a great sports week!
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