Delaware to Host Central Michigan and Lafayette for Blue Hen Invitational in Home Opener
NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware field hockey squad will open its home portion of the schedule this weekend as the Hens host Central Michigan (Friday, 3 p.m.) and Lafayette (Sunday, 2 p.m.) as a part of the Blue Hen Invitational at Rullo Stadium.
Delaware returns to Rullo following its season-opening weekend where the Hens went 1-1 against Ohio University and No. 16 Boston University.
Live stats for this weekend’s contests will be available via BlueHens.com.
Admission is free and open to the public to all University of Delaware field hockey contests held at Rullo Stadium.
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· Sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) leads UD with seven points off of three goals and one assist.
· Dating to last season, Patzner has recorded at least one goal for three consecutive games.
· Also dating to last season, Patzner has scored at least one point in the last four games.
· Junior Rebecca Pepper (Lewes, Del.) will celebrate her 22nd birthday Friday.
· Senior Sarah Scher (Pocomoke City, Md.) has started seven consecutive games for the Blue Hens (dating to last year) and has collected 10 total saves in 143:05 minutes of action this season.
· UD opened the season with a 5-2 victory over Ohio, marking the most goals in a single game since Sept. 24, 2011.
· Delaware is 6-9 all-time in home openers at Rullo Stadium.
· UD is 74-60 all-time at Rullo Stadium.
· Central Michigan will face off against Lafayette at 1 p.m. Saturday at Drexel’s Vidas Field.
· Delaware and Central Michigan are 1-1 all-time with the Chippewas grabbing a 4-3 overtime victory over the Hens last season. UD’s lone win against CMU came in 1977.
· Delaware leads Lafayette in the all-time series by a mark of 15-11-2. The Blue Hens have won the last two contests against the Leopards by a combined score of 7-1.
The Chippewas are 2-0 on the year after defeating Robert Morris and Saint Louis by a combined score of 8-1. Junior Mary Alice Moore was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week after four goals in two games, including her first career hat trick against SLU. Sophomore Sadie Reynolds is the team’s primary goalie, collecting seven saves and two shutouts. CMU was selected to claim the MAC Tournament title, as predicted in the MAC preseason coaches’ poll. They welcomed back 15 letterwinners and seven starters from last year’s squad.
Lafayette is 0-1 this season following a 3-0 loss to No. 13 Iowa in its season opener. Junior Brittany Blass was chosen as the Patriot League Preaseason Defensive Player of the Year while classmate Jenna Seybert joined her on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team. Junior Jessica Deutsch is the only goalie that has seen action for the Leopards so far this season, taking in all 70 minutes of action against the Hawkeyes. Deutsch collected four saves in the loss. Former Delaware assistant coach Laree Beans (2011-12) is in her first season at Lafayette in the same capacity.