Delaware Field Hockey Upsets #11 Temple, 2-0, For Third Straight Victory
NEWARK, Del. – Senior Heather Hartman (Fredericksburg, Va.) scored just the third goal of her career Friday evening as the University of Delaware field hockey team knocked off 11th-ranked Temple University, 2-0, at Rullo Stadium.
Hartman posted her goal in the 51st minute on a rebound shot off of a corner penalty to give the Hens the 2-0 final mark.
Sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) picked up her fifth goal of the season in the 23rd minute from five yards out on the left side of the net.
Both goals were unassisted for Delaware, who moves to 4-1 on the season while Temple falls to 3-2 overall.
Delaware senior Sarah Scher (Pocomoke City, Md.) collected five saves in the shutout.
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof – “We had a great week of practice and I’m very excited for this team. Today they played the best hockey so far in 2013. We’ve been working with our defense to really step up and take care of your own circle. Everybody is gelling well in that unit and whatever situation we face, we’ve been able to neutralize or erase the situation. Tonight was a great win, but that win is over by midnight and tomorrow is a new day.”
Senior Heather Hartman – “As a defender, I don’t normally get chances to put a goal in, so it was nice to get the rebound off the corner and put it to goal. We prepare the same for every game. We need to look at the task at hand and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we need to play our game and not focus on the other team.”
Senior Sarah Scher – “We always have a tough game with Temple and they always bring the fight. Part of our game plan today was just staying in the moment because they’re too good to take your mind off of the task at hand. As soon as you take your mind out of the moment, a fluke can happen and you can become unbalanced.”
- The last time Delaware defeated a ranked opponent came on Oct. 19, 2012 when the Blue Hens picked up a 4-2 victory at #18 Drexel.
- The last time UD won against an opponent ranked 11th or higher came in consecutive days against James Madison (#11; Nov. 7, 2009) and Drexel (#10; Nov. 8, 2009) en route to the CAA Tournament title.
- Delaware has won three straight games.
- Dating to last season, Patzner has scored at least one point in the last seven games.
- Also dating to last season, Patzner has scored at least one goal in five of the last six contests.
- Patzner has 12 career goals, good for third on the team behind Kelsey McKee (20) and Kasey Prettyman (14).
- Delaware is 77-60 (.562) all-time at Rullo Stadium, including three straight.
- UD is now 19-11-1 all-time over Temple, including five of the last six.
- Current Delaware head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof coached upcoming opponent Michigan State for five years, compiling a record of 74-34 with four NCAA Tournament appearances.
- Sunday, Sept. 15 – Michigan State at Delaware, Noon, Rullo Stadium
- Friday, Sept. 20 – Delaware at No. 6 Penn State, 5 p.m., Penn State Field Hockey Complex (University Park, Pa.)
- Sunday, Sept. 22 – Delaware at Bucknell, Noon, Graham Field (Lewisburg, Pa.)