Blue Hens Look to Remain Unbeaten at Home With Contests Against Towson and #9 Princeton As Part of Family and Parentsí Weekend
NEWARK, Del. – Colonial Athletic Association play continues at 7 p.m. Friday for the University of Delaware field hockey team as the Blue Hens (8-3; 2-0 CAA) host Towson University (1-11; 0-2 CAA) at Rullo Stadium as a part of Family and Parents’ Weekend. UD will wrap up weekend play Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest against #9 Princeton (6-3; 3-0 Ivy).
Admission is free and open to the public to all Delaware field hockey games held at Rullo Stadium.
PARKING ADVISORY – FRIDAY
Due to multiple events being held at the David Nelson Sports Complex Friday evening, fans are advised to arrive early. Free parking will only be available in Lot 88 (large lot in front of the Bob Carpenter Center). Lots 105 (in front of West Gym) and 106 (behind Bob Carpenter Center) will be closed for Rullo Stadium patrons.
FAMILY AND PARENTS’ WEEKEND
This weekend marks the squad’s annual Family and Parents’ Weekend, where the Hens would like to show their appreciation for the hospitality and generous moments that the families provide to make the experience of UDFH student-athletes even more special than they already are.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the families that we do on this team and we cannot express how appreciative we are to have the support and energy that our parents provide,” exclaimed Delaware head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “Our team excels on and off of the field because of this tremendous support and I cannot express how thankful I am for these families to share their daughters with us.”
Following Sunday’s game, UDFH will further grow the “Blue Hen family and parents game experience” as the team invites all family members to partake in field hockey fun on the field. Additional sticks will be provided, as the team will act as coaches to parents, siblings and friends in a family game.
Live stats for both of this weekend’s contests will be available via www.BlueHens.com.
LIVE AUDIO - FRIDAY
Friday's match vs. Towson will be the first ever collegiate field hockey contest broadcast online, free, via www.herbfm.com.
LIVE STREAM - SUNDAY
Sunday’s game against #9 Princeton is one of three that will be live streamed, for free, this season on Hens All-Access at www.BlueHens.com. Delaware field hockey alumnus Carley Hecht will join Kyle Coulter on the broadcast.
· Sophomore Michaela Patzner was named the CAA Player of the Week on Tuesday for her game-winning performances against both William & Mary and James Madison last weekend.
· Patzner leads UD with 10 goals and now has 17 career tallies, a mark good for second place on the active roster. Junior Kelsey McKee has posted 20 career goals while senior Kasey Prettyman is third with 15.
· Patzner is ranked 14th nationally with 0.91 goals per game.
· Dating to last season, senior goalie Sarah Scher has started 16 straight games for Delaware. She has played all 773:05 minutes for the Blue Hens this season and has collected 54 saves with 20 goals allowed.
· Scher is 13th in Delaware history with 141 career saves.
· Senior Heather Hartman leads the Hens with 14 career assists, a mark that ties for 18th all-time in UD history with Missy Meharg (1981-84).
· Two freshmen (Meghan Winesett, Esmée Peet) have collected at least 11 points this season.
· Delaware alumnus Carly ‘Campana’ Powell ’05 is in her first season as the head coach at Towson University. Powell was a midfielder for the 2004 CAA Championship squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She also was an assistant coach for the Blue Hens under Carol Miller during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
· Delaware is 80-60 (.571) all-time at Rullo Stadium and has won six consecutive games at home. The longest winning streak at Rullo Stadium is seven straight games, a mark recorded in 1998.
· The last time UD started CAA play 2-0 was the 2009 season, when the Hens started 4-0 en route to a CAA title.
· Delaware is currently second in the CAA in scoring margin (+1.00; 27th NCAA), scoring average (2.81; 20th NCAA), goals against average (1.81; 28th NCAA), goals scored per game (2.82; 19th NCAA) and assists per game (2.27; 19th NCAA).
· The Blue Hens hold a commanding 30-5-1 lead over Towson in the all-time series and have won two straight over the Tigers. Last season, Delaware defeated Towson, 4-0, in Towson.
· Delaware and Princeton are tied in the all-time series, 11-11-3. In last season’s matchup, the Tigers defeated the Hens, 10-2, at Princeton’s Bedford Field. UD holds a slight 5-4-1 edge over the Tigers when playing at home.
The Tigers have lost nine straight games and are currently 1-11 on the year and 0-2 in CAA play. Opponents have outscored Towson, 33-10, this season, including five shutouts. In the team’s lone win of the season, the Tigers defeated Georgetown, 3-2, at the Maryland Field Hockey Complex in a neutral site game. Kathleen Morris and Kate Williams have each tallied two goals and one assist for five points on the season for the Tigers.
ABOUT #9 PRINCETON
Princeton, the defending national champion, is currently 6-3 on the year. Most recently, the Tigers shutout Columbia, 5-0 and Junior Cassidy Armer was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her two goals scored against the Lions. All three of Princeton’s losses this season have been to teams ranked #13 or higher at the time of the meeting. Princeton has not lost to an unranked opponent since 2011. Allison Evans and Teresa Benvenuti lead the team with 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Tigers take on #1 Maryland Friday evening at 6 p.m. in College Park.