Cirovski on Delagarza: : "A.J. is one of the best defenders in the ACC. And he is the toughest 5-foot-8 center back at any level. He has a rare quality in that he embraces his defensive role for the good of the team. He understands his role and fulfills it in an admirable way. He's one of the most respected players in the ACC because of his determination and skill. He's a coach's dream."
As a Junior in 2007: Tough defender ... hard-working back with great competitive desire ... one of four players to start all 21 games ... both he and fellow center back Omar Gonzalez began every match ... led the Maryland defense that finished fourth in the ACC in goals allowed (23) and goals against average (1.01).
As a Sophomore in 2006: Stepped into a starting role and started all 21 games while coming out of a match only twice ... recorded his first career assist against Mount St. Mary's (9/13).
As a Freshman in 2005: Made 13 starts as a freshman ... stepped in for Kenney Bertz as a central defender against SMU (12/9) and New Mexico (12/11) at the College Cup ... Terps shut out the Lobos in the title game ... came in off the bench to replace Bertz at center back midway through the NCAA Quarterfinal against Akron (12/3) ... helped limit the Zips to just five shots in the second half ... was a regular starter from Sept. 27-Nov. 11 ... earned first career start against William & Mary (9/27) saw first collegiate action against Cal State Fullerton (9/2).
Before Maryland: A two-time NSCAA All-America honoree at Lackey High ... scored nine goals and added 12 assists while playing both forward and defense as a senior ... first team All-Met and named county and conference MVP in his final season with the Chargers ... two-time all-state selection ... four-time all-county and all-conference selection ... played club with Casa Mia's Bays team that captured a pair of USYSA national titles.
Personal: The son of Jane and Adolph Delagarza ... born November 4, 1987 ... full name is Adolph Joseph, but goes by A.J. ... one of two children, with sister Tabatha ... lists winning the club national title in 2003 as his biggest athletic thrill ... majoring in criminology.
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