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NEWARK, Del.  -- Delaware jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead at halftime and the 12th-ranked Blue Hen field hockey team needed every bit of that offense Sunday afternoon as it held on down the stretch to defeat Indiana 5-4 in a non-league matchup at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.  

Delaware (6-2) extended its win streak to two games and remained unbeaten at home with a 4-0 mark as the Blue Hens got goals from six different players on the way to the victory over Indiana (4-4) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Hoosiers dropped their second straight game following a three-game win streak.

After the Hens jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and took a 4-0 advantage into halftime, Indiana came to life in the second stanza, scoring three goals in a span of 12 minutes to pull to within 5-4 with 11:14 remaining.

But the Hens held on from there as UD goalkeeper Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) made a big stop off a penalty corner with 1:45 left and a shot by Indiana’s Kate Barber off a penalty corner with time expired was wide left by about a foot.

Delaware’s Greta Nauck (#21 above) had a goal and an assist for the Blue Hens while Esmee Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos), Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartenscollege), Marjelle Scheffers (Amersfoort, The Netherlands/Stedelijk Gymnasium Johan van Oldenbarneveld), and Ally Pollak (Crofton, Md./Arundel) also tallied in the balanced effort. Peet scored just 3:41 into the game and it was Giezeman’s goal with 26:09 left to play that proved to be the game-winner.

Barber led Indiana with two goals while Mollie Getzfread dished out two assists.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“Today was a game of two halves. I thought in the first half we played probably our best hockey against a very good Indiana team from the Big 10. The second half was probably the opposite of the first half performance-wise. We didn’t play as a team and we didn’t make things simple. We know what we have to work on. I’m happy that we went on to the win, but there is work to do as we get ready for the CAA. In the first half we finished opportunities and we just didn’t do that in the second half. I compliment Indiana. They played a tough game at Maryland (4-1 loss on Saturday to #7 Terrapins) and for them to fight back in this game is something we can learn from.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
•  Delaware has now scored in 33 straight games dating back to November, 2014 and have scored multiple goals in 12 straight games
•  Delaware outshot Indiana 18-12 and held an 11-6 advantage in corners
•  The Hens have now won six straight games at Rullo heading into their next outing Sept. 23 at home vs. No. 17 Albany
• Delaware’s Nauck entered the game ranked No. 10 nationally with 2.83 points per game and tallied her team-high 10th goal of the season.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · 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.)

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