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NEWARK, Del. – Ohio State jumped out to a 2-0 lead before No. 14 Delaware responded with six straight goals to take the 6-3 victory at Rullo Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz), who exploded for four goals in Saturday’s 5-2 win against the Buckeyes, scored the first goal of the day for the Blue Hens (2-0) with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Freshman Ally Pollak (Crofton, Md./Arundel) then notched her first-career tally as she tapped in a penalty corner shot from the right side as the team’s went into the halftime break.  Pollak opened the second half with her second goal of the afternoon, the game-winner, which was assisted by sophomore Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens/Boerhaave).

Up by a score of 3-2, Delaware received three straight scores from sophomore Sabrina Rhodes (Middletown, Del./C. Milton Wright), junior Lauren Crudele (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace) and senior Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria).

Ohio State (0-2) tacked on their final goal of the day as time expired with a penalty corner tally as Maartje Bongers connected with Morgan Kile.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) collected two saves in 35:00 of action.

Liz Tamburro stopped six Delaware shots and was credited with the loss for Ohio State.
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“We would like to thank Anne Wilkinson, one of our former All-American Blue Hens, for coming out for a doubleheader weekend against her alma mater.  They did a great job today putting us on our heels and we were fortunate to fight ourselves back into the game. Looking back on the weekend, this is what you train for. Two-and-a-half weeks of preseason it’s great to get the 2-0 start. It’s also an opportunity to play a lot of our players and see a lot of younger players are fitting in really well with what we’re trying to do. We are positive looking forward and excited for what everybody can give to each game.”

Senior Tri-Captain Maura Zarkoski
[On the slow start]: “It’s really important that we got this win as a team. We let them come out and control the tempo in the beginning, but we really rallied and came together as a team in the end.  Once we started playing for each other and with each other, that’s when we became more successful and turned the tide.”

[On starting 2-0]: “It’s a great feeling because we have been working hard; every individual person has been working so hard this preseason. It’s great to see our hard work pay off. We need to continue to focus on each individual game as they come. We’ll be successful as long as we focus one game at a time.”
Freshman Ally Pollak
[On scoring first career goals]: “It’s really exciting that I’ve been given this opportunity as I’m really so thankful to be part of such an amazing team.  It’s great to give back and support the program that has already given so much to me.”

[On confidence playing first two collegiate games]: “We have really good communication on the field, so it’s really nice to hear from my teammates on the line behind me whether I need to reposition myself or if I’m in the right spot. It really helps your confidence to know you’re doing the right thing and if you’re not, that you have the support and direction of your teammates around you.”
     · Delaware takes the 4-2 series advantage over the Buckeyes.
     · The Blue Hens are 2-0 to start the year for the second consecutive season.
     · UD outshot OSU, 16-9.  Both teams recorded three penalty corners each.
     · Sydney Rhodes made her Blue Hens debut as the team’s starting goalie. She finished the game with two goals allowed and one save.
     · Alexis Gazzio appeared in a Delaware jersey for the first time in her career.
     · Anne Wilkinson ’86 returned to her alma mater as the Ohio State head coach.

     · Friday, September 2 – No. 14 Delaware at No. 20 Old Dominion – 6 p.m. – L.R. Hill Sports Complex (Norfolk, Va.)
     · Sunday, September 4 – No. 14 Delaware at No. 5 Virginia – 1 p.m. – Turf Field (Charlottesville, Va.)
     · Friday, September 9 – No. 14 Delaware at No. rv Temple – 4 p.m. – Howarth Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)

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