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HARRISONBURG, Va. – In a rematch of last season’s CAA title game, the three-time reigning league champion Blue Hens pulled out the 1-0 victory over the No. 19 Dukes at an extremely rainy JMU Field Hockey Complex.

As has been the case between Delaware and James Madison in each of the last nine, and 15 of 20 all-time, matchups between the two teams, the victor needed just one goal to earn the win.

With the victory, No. 10 UD improves to 9-2 on the year and 1-0 in conference play while evening the all-time series against the Dukes at 10-10 since the first meeting in 1999.

Sophomore Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens/Boerhaave) tipped in the lone tally of the evening in the 17th minute off a penalty corner. Classmate Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands/RSG Pantarijn) assisted on the play.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) recorded just one save for the win in her sixth career shutout.

Miranda Rigg led JMU (6-3, 0-1 CAA) with three shots, including one on goal.  Sara Kraeutler posted six saves in the loss.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“This was a great victory for Delaware. I am proud of my team as they dominated the possession most of the game. Thanks to their strong and consistent off ball movement we were able to possess the ball very well, move the play and build the attack. We also did an excellent job defensively on the press and in our defensive 25. Although we were only one goal up, I would like to also compliment them for remaining calm and in control of the game and the final score."

     · The Hens have won four of the last five over the Dukes.
     · Delaware has picked up four straight victories in CAA lid-lifters.
     · UD has now started its year with a 9-2 record in back-to-back seasons.
     · The Blue Hens outshot James Madison, 10-3 (7-1 on goal) and also held a 3-1 advantage in penalty corners.
     · Delaware has now scored in 36 straight games dating back to November 2014.
     · The Hens snapped a streak of 14 consecutive games with multiple goals scored.

     · Sunday, October 2 – Delaware at William & Mary *  – 1 p.m. – Busch Field (Williamsburg, Va.)
     · Saturday, October 8 – Michigan at Delaware – 4 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Sunday, October 9 – Hofstra at Delaware *  – 1:30 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)

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