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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) notched a career-high 11 saves Sunday afternoon as No. 14 Delaware upset No. 5 Virginia, 2-0, at University Hall Turf Field.

The win is the highest for the Blue Hens over a Top-5 opponent since 1992 when Delaware defeated No. 5 Northeastern, 1-0, and the first over UVA since 1988.

Freshman Alexis Gazzio (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) and sophomore Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands/RSG Pantarijn) each collected their second goals of the weekend in the victory.
Bink connected with classmate Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens/Boerhaave) in the ninth minute following a penalty corner to give the Hens the 1-0 advantage.

In the 57th minute, junior Lauren Crudele (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace) collected the rebound off the goalie’s pads and dished it off to Gazzio for the insurance goal.

Riley Tata and Tara Vittese led the Cavaliers (2-2) with four shots apiece as UVA outshot Delaware, 19-8.

Oltmans’ 11 saves bests her previous career high of eight set last September at No. 5 Duke.

Rebecca Holden registered four saves for the Cavs.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“I’m extremely proud of our team. The way they played as one team on both sides of the ball was awesome. Today’s game was a ‘signature win’ for our program and allows us to take another small step forward in our desire to become a Top-10 program in the nation. Our performance and success rate on both the attacking and defensive corners is improving. Credit here goes to the players group as they really made this a focus the past four weeks.”

[On performance of defensive unit]: “Emmeline played lights out today and as a team, we were poised on defense and had answers for everything Virginia threw at us.”

     · The Blue Hens held an opponent scoreless for the first time since Friday, Oct. 12, 2015 in a 9-0 win over Towson.
     · Virginia held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners.
     · Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak to the Cavaliers and avenged a 4-3 overtime loss at Virginia in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

     · Friday, September 9 – No. 14 Delaware at No. rv Temple – 4 p.m. – Howarth Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)
     · Sunday, September 11 – No. 14 Delaware at No. 15 Princeton – 1 p.m. – Bedford Field (Princeton, N.J.)
     · Friday, September 16 – Columbia at No. 14 Delaware – 7 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)

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