Valor Christian's Dalton Ziegler will be a Blue Hen

Valor Christian's Dalton Ziegler will be a Blue Hen

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Valor Christian's Dalton Ziegler will be a Blue Hen

Eagles midfielder verbally commits to Division I University of Delaware lacrosse

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Eagles midfielder verbally commits to Division I University of Delaware lacrosse

#11 Dalton Ziegler in 4A state championship at Sports Authority Field (Photo by Kathleen Courier)

#11 Dalton Ziegler in 4A state championship at Sports Authority Field (Photo by Kathleen Courier)

KUSA — Dalton Ziegler, junior at Valor Christian in 2015-16, has verbally committed to the University of Delaware Blue Hens Division I lacrosse program. It was largely about academics for Ziegler; being an East Coast lacrosse school was a bonus.

“I really liked the schools academics and what they had to offer,” said Ziegler, “They have a really good business school and that’s what I want to get into.”

Ziegler in 4A semi-final (Photo by Kathleen Courier)

Ziegler in 4A semi-final (Photo by Kathleen Courier)

He said that the school had great coaches that said he fits their style of play at Delaware. Ziegler always wanted to play for an East Coast Division I lacrosse program and the University of Delaware was in the mix since he was much younger.

“I was looking at a couple other schools but I knew I always wanted to look into the University of Delaware after a visit when I was younger,” said Ziegler.

The coaches/scouts from the Hens saw the offensive midfielder play at the 10th Annual Denver Shootout and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The Fighting Blue Hens, struggled last season ending with an overall 5-10 record. However, the team has made six NCAA tournament appearances. In 1999 the Hens made it to the quarterfinals and in 2007 they lost in the final four.

In his sophomore year, Ziegler scored 24 goals and dished 10 assists in 19 games for the Eagles. The Eagles made it to the 4A Boys Lacrosse State Championship last season, but fell to the Aspen Skiers 17-12 after a rough start in the first half. “We came into that game overconfident if you ask me,” said Ziegler. “We came out flat in the first half and you have to give props to Aspen.”

The team was undefeated prior to the championship game and out-scored their opponents 250 to 144 last Spring. Ziegler hopes to be a team leader for Valor Christian, help set a good example and keep the team focused and on track to win the 4A state championship in 2016.

 

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