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NEWARK, Del. Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) registered a career evening Friday as the junior tallied seven points on two goals and three assists while No. 12 Delaware posted an 8-2 triumph over Columbia at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.

In total, the six Hens accumulated a season-best 23 points on eight goals and seven assists.
Holding on to a 3-1 lead at halftime, the Blue Hens tallied five goals in the second half for the first time since Oct. 23, 2015.

Sophomore Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) recorded her second five-point contest in the last three games with two goals and an assist while classmate Lisa Giezeman (at left; Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens/Boerhaave) collected season-highs of four points on a goal and career-best two assists.

Senior Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) moved up in the Delaware record books with a goal and an assist as she is now alone in sixth place all-time with 103 points, ninth with 41 goals and tied for fifth with 21 assists.

Senior Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria) and freshman Ally Pollak (Crofton, Md./Arundel) also tallied goals in the win for UD (5-2).

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) was credited with the win by allowing one goal with one save and was relieved in the second half of play by redshirt freshman Sydney Rhodes (Middletown, Del./C. Milton Wright (Md.)). Rhodes collected three saves with one goal allowed in 27 minutes of action.

Maeve Doherty and Meredith Kalberer were the lone goal scorers for the Lions (2-3). Kendall Kuntz picked up the loss with seven saves.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“We played very well today.  We’ve been working all week long on improving our possession and building the attacks and we did an awesome job in that regard today. Congrats to our team for a true team performance. It’s great that many different people got the chance to play and we shared the ball well.”

Junior Taylor Lister
“We had a great week of practice where we worked on keeping things simple and that carried over through to today’s game. It’s exciting to see things we’ve been working on in practice come together and work out for us. Communication on the field is key and today we connected so much better because of that.”
 
Redshirt freshman Sydney Rhodes
“Today was a great showing both offensively and defensively.  I know defensively there were a few hiccups, but we really pulled together and reorganized and let the offensive line take over.”

[On splitting time with Emmeline Oltmans]:  “It’s great being able to play off of Emm.  I’ve been watching her for more than a year now and she’s really helped me grow as a goalie and as a player.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · Taylor Lister’s previously posted a career-best four points against Towson last October. She had never registered more than one assist in a game.
     · Delaware outshot Columbia, 22-10, including a season-high nine from Greta Nauck.
     · The Hens also held the 10-7 advantage in penalty corners.
     · Delaware takes the 2-1 series lead over the Lions.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Sunday, September 18 – Indiana at Delaware – Noon – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Friday, September 23 – Albany at Delaware – 7 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Sunday, September 25 – Delaware at Lafayette – 2 p.m. – Rappolt Field (Easton, Pa.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Maggie Hayon | mhayon@udel.edu | O: 302-831-6389 | C: 302-379-9182