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NEWARK, Del. – The No. 9 Blue Hens notched their seventh straight victory Saturday afternoon in the form of a 3-1 verdict over No. 10 Michigan at a rainy Fred P. Rullo Stadium.

Sophomore Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) led Delaware (11-2) with a goal and an assist while six total Hens contributed to scores.

Nauck (at left) collected the first tally of the game in the 10th minute with assists coming from redshirt junior Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and senior Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria) off of a successful penalty corner.

Senior Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) knocked in the game-winner in the 46th minute with a straight on shot inside the circle as the assist came in from junior Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin).

Fellow senior Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va./Westfield) added the insurance goal in the 55th minute off a deflection from Nauck.

Esther de Leijer posted Michigan’s lone goal of the afternoon in the 63rd minute.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) stopped four U-M shots.

Claire Stemper started her second career game in the cage for the Wolverines (8-5) and registered three saves in the loss.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“Michigan is a program that has won a national championship and is always within the Top-10 in the country.  They are a great program to play against and learn from. I think over the years here we have gotten better and this team now feels what it takes and what it feels like being a Top-10 program. Great job today from my players group, we’ve taken so many little steps throughout the entire season. What we have done growth-wise while helping each other out has been amazing. The whole team gets credit for this win.  Certain people may score, but you don't see the people that start the outlet in the back, and the people who make saves that may have prevented a Michigan goal.”
 
Senior Esmée Peet
“In general, we’re always really excited to play high-quality and tough opponents like Michigan. When I was a freshman, we were afraid of Top-10 opponents, but to see that we’re at an even level and able to beat those types of programs is exciting. To stay playing at this high of a level, we must respect every opponent and play each game one at a time.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · The Blue Hens are 11-2 to start the year for the second consecutive season.
     · The win marked the first-ever for Delaware over the Wolverines as the Hens are now 1-2 all-time against U-M.
     · The Blue Hens are 4-2 against ranked opponents this season.
     · With her goal against Michigan, Esmée Peet moves into a tie for seventh in program history alongside Melissa Hefner (1993-96) with 43 career goals.
     · UD has now scored in 38 straight games dating back to November 2014.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Sunday, October 9 – Hofstra at Delaware *  – 1:30 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Sunday, October 16 – Penn at Delaware – 1 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Friday, October 21 – Delaware at Towson * – 6 p.m. – Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, Md.)

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