Two-time letterwinner with the Blue Hens after transferring from Michigan State • continues to add depth to the midfield unit.
Played in all 20 games and started 18 contests • registered two goals and two assists on the season • scored two goals in the first three games • scores came against Sacred Heart (game-winning) and Iona • recorded assists in wins against Iona and St. Peter's • tallied a career-high 10 shots with game-highs coming against Temple and Drexel • member of Blue Hen team that won the CAA regular season championship for the first time in program history.
Saw action in 16 games in first season for Hens and got the starting nod on five occasions • made four straight starts at mid-season and got the starting nod in the NCAA playoff game vs. St. John's • had four shots but did not score during the season • part of team that set a school record for wins in a season (14-5-1) and made its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three years for head coach Ian Hennessy.
AT MICHIGAN STATE
Did not see game action during the 2011 or 2012 seasons.
Four year soccer letterwinner • served as the team captain as a junior and senior at nearby Charter School of Wilmington • Delaware's State High School Player of the Year, earned NSCAA All-America honors, and was Delaware's Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a senior • earned All-Blue Hen Conference honors in each of his final three seasons • helped his high school team to a No. 1 ranking in the state as a senior and 12th overall in the nation • scored 31 goals and added 17 assists during his high school career • also played club soccer for Delaware United Blizzard, helping to Delaware State Cup Championships in 2009 and 2011 and a Disney Showcase Championship in 2010.
Nicholas John DiRienzo [dee—ree—en—zo] • son of Nino and Chrys DiRienzo • born Sept. 30, 1992 in Wilmington, Del. • exercise science major at Delaware • mother is a special education teacher • has one older sister, Tara • mother and sister attended Delaware • aspires to become a dentist • enjoys fishing.
| CAREER STATISTICS (at Delaware)
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CAREER HIGHS AT DELAWARE
Shots: 2 vs. Temple (9/24/14); vs. Drexel (10/29/14)
Assists: 1 vs. Iona (9/4/14); St. Peter's (9/14/14)
Goals: 1 vs. Sacred Heart (8/29/14); vs. Iona (9/4/14)