NEWARK, Del. – The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Field Hockey Championship gets underway Friday as the #17 University of Delaware Blue Hens host their first ever field hockey championship at Rullo Stadium. 

Delaware, Drexel, Northeastern and William & Mary all vie for the league title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Field Hockey Championship.

Top-seeded UD (14-4; 6-0 CAA) kicks off the semifinal format at 4 p.m. Friday against fourth-seeded William & Mary (8-10; 3-3 CAA).

Drexel (13-6; 4-2 CAA) squares off against Northeastern (7-12; 3-3 CAA) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sunday’s championship game is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

General admission for the 2013 CAA Field Hockey Championships is $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and younger) each day.  All participating institution’s students are admitted free of charge with a valid student ID.

Due to multiple events on campus this weekend, including a sold-out comedy show at the Bob Carpenter Center Friday at 8 p.m, parking at the David Nelson Sports Complex will be limited.  Fans are advised to arrive early.

Live stats for all of this weekend’s games will be available via and

Video/audio for all contests this weekend will be carried live for free in high definition on and CAA’s iPad app.  A free login will be required to view the games via on a computer or using the CAA’s iPad app.

Follow Delaware field hockey online at and on Twitter at @DelawareFH.  For live updates over the weekend, follow @CAASports on Twitter and use the official league championships hashtag - #CAAChamps.

     ·  Delaware clinched the first regular season CAA title in program history with a 4-0 win at Drexel last week.  With the win, the Blue Hens finished league play with an unblemished 6-0 record.  The Hens have never gone undefeated in the CAA; however, in 1998, UD completed seven seasons from 1982-90 with unbeaten records in the East Coast Conference.
     ·  UD reached the 14-win mark for the 11th time in 43 seasons of play.
     ·  The Hens have outscored the last four opponents, 19-1, while posting six shutouts this season.
     ·  Sophomore Michaela Patzner was named both the CAA and Corvias ECAC Player of the Week this past week after tallying three goals, including two game-winning goals, and one assist.
     ·  With a goal against Villanova, Patzner has taken over the lead for active career goals (21).  Junior Kelsey McKee and senior Kasey Prettyman each have 20 career goals.  Patzner and McKee each have 49 career points while Prettyman has collected 45.
     ·  Dating to last season, senior goalie Sarah Scher has started 23 straight games for Delaware.  She has played all 1263:05 minutes for the Blue Hens this season and has collected 79 saves with 25 goals allowed.  Scher is 12th in Delaware history with 166 career saves.  Caroline Maloney is 11th all-time with 167 saves.
     ·  Two freshmen (Meghan Winesett, Esmée Peet) have collected at least 22 points this season.
     ·  Peet is currently tied for the UD single-season record for a freshman with 24 points.
     ·  Delaware is 82-61 (.573) all-time at Rullo Stadium and 8-1 this season.
     ·  The Blue Hens have moved up in the recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll with a #17 ranking.

     ·  UD owns the advantage in the all-time series between the Hens and Tribe at 9-8.  Delaware has won two straight over William & Mary, including a 4-0 victory on Oct. 4 at Rullo Stadium.