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NEWARK, Del. – Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) was clutch Friday evening as the No. 12 Blue Hens picked up the 3-1 victory over No. 20 Albany at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.

The goalie notched seven saves while shutting down the NCAA’s active career points leader in Paula Heuser, who finished the game with five shots on goal.

In total, the Great Danes (4-4) outshot Delaware, 11-6, but two penalty strokes from sophomore Greta Nauck (at left; Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) and a goal from classmate Lisa Giezeman (below right; Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens/Boerhaave) were enough to give the Hens (7-2) their second win over a ranked opponent this season.

Freshman Sarah Horgan (Centreville, Va./Westfield) dished out her first career assist on Giezeman’s goal in the 63rd minute.

The game was also a momentous one for senior tri-captain Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va./Westfield), who appeared in her first contest this season after missing time due to a back injury.

Dana Bozek registered Albany’s lone goal of the evening with the assist coming from Kelsey Briddell.  Maxi Primus was held without a save in the loss.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“These are the games you like to experience and eventually learn from. We played a quality Albany team. We remained true to our game plan and adjustments we made. It is a compliment to this team for how they remained composed. What a great performance today by Emmeline [Oltmans] as she helped us stay in the game and eventually helped us win it.”
 
Senior Tri-Captain Meghan Winesett
[On team win]: “They’re a Top-20 team and these are the type of teams we have to beat. Emmeline [Oltmans] was clutch for us today. They had a lot of penalty corners and she made some incredible saves. We had a defensive focused week in practice and that helped us in the long run.”

[On returning to the field following back surgery]: “It’s been eight to nine months in total now I've been on the field and it was awesome getting out there today. It felt so good to hear the support from everyone in the stands and along the sidelines. Seeing everyone else be so excited for me was awesome. It was great to ease back into it, see a couple of minutes here and there and become familiar with the speed of the game again.”
 
Junior Goalie Emmeline Oltmans
“Our defense was great today. Everyone listened and communicated well with each other, which it turn makes it so much easier for me because they take a small part of my job by doing it themselves.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · Greta Nauck has already surpassed her point and goal totals from a year ago. Nauck posted 27 points (11g, 5a) with 70 shots in 22 games during her freshman campaign in which she was named a Regional All-American. Through nine games this year, she has registered a team-best and CAA-leading 29 points (12g, 5a) on 50 shots.
     · Kayla Devlin recorded her second career defensive save in the game.
     · Albany held an 11-2 advantage in penalty corners.
     · The win is the first-ever for the Blue Hens over the Great Danes.  

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Sunday, September 25 – Delaware at Lafayette – 2 p.m. – Rappolt Field (Easton, Pa.)
     · Friday, September 30 – Delaware at James Madison * – 6 p.m. – JMU Field Hockey Complex (Harrisonburg, Va.)
     · Sunday, October 2 – Delaware at William & Mary *  – 1 p.m. – Busch Field (Williamsburg, Va.)

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