Hens Travel to the Big Apple Sunday for Non-Conference Showdown Against Columbia
NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware field hockey team kicks off its final road games of the season as the Blue Hens travel to New York to face off against Columbia University at 1 p.m. Sunday at Baker Athletics Complex.
Following a homestand where the Hens went 3-1, Delaware is currently 9-4 on the season while Columbia is 5-7 overall.
Live stats for Sunday’s game will be available via www.BlueHens.com.
· The Blue Hens snapped a school-record seven game winning streak at Rullo Stadium last Sunday with a heartbreaking, 2-1, loss to defending national champion and ninth-ranked Princeton.
· Third year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof picked up his 100th career win last Friday with a 5-0 conference victory over Towson. In eight total seasons at Delaware and Michigan State, van de Kerkhof is 100-59 (.629) all-time.
· Sophomore Michaela Patzner leads Delaware with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. She is currently third in the CAA in both points and goals. The Rosenheim, Germany native is 21st in the NCAA with 0.77 goals per contest.
· Patzner 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.
· Dating to last season, senior goalie Sarah Scher has started 18 straight games for Delaware. She has played all 913:05 minutes for the Blue Hens this season and has collected 57 saves with 22 goals allowed. Scher is 13th in Delaware history with 144 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 15 points this season.
· Delaware is currently first in the CAA in assists per game (2.31; 17th NCAA) and second in the CAA in scoring margin (+1.15; 21st NCAA), scoring average (2.84; 22nd NCAA), goals against average (1.69; 25th NCAA) and goals scored per game (2.85; 22nd NCAA).
· Sunday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between Delaware and Columbia in field hockey action.
Prior to Friday’s contest against Ivy rival Penn, the Lions are 5-7 on the year and led on-field by freshman Katie Ruesterholz’s 22 points off of 10 goals and two assists. Ruesterholz is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week and is currently tied for the league lead in goals and second in points. Kimberly Pianucci has collected 71 saves for Columbia while allowing an average of 3.56 opponent goals per game.