NEWARK, Del. – No. 9 Delaware broke the school record with its 12th consecutive win while clinching the CAA regular season title Friday evening with a 3-0 victory over Northeastern at a chilly Fred P. Rullo Stadium.

The Blue Hens, who previously won 11 straight with a carryover from 1985 into 1986, improve to 16-2 on the year and 5-0 in conference play.  Delaware will now host the four-team CAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 6.  William & Mary, James Madison and Drexel have also clinched berths into the league’s postseason tournament.

As has been the case all season, UD saw multiple players garner points on the night as seven Blue Hens had a hand in the three goals.

Sophomore Michaela Scanlon (Wynnewood, Pa./Merion Mercy) led off with her second career tally in the 21st minute.  Senior Marjelle Scheffers (Amersfoort, The Netherlands/Stedelijk Gymnasium Johan van Oldenbarneveld) assisted on the play as she sent the ball in from outside of the circle while Scanlon tipped in from about five yards out.

Fellow sophomore Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) tied the program’s single-season goal mark in the 39th minute as she notched her 22nd goal of the season. Seniors Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria) and Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) assisted off of the penalty corner.

The final goal came from another pair of seniors as Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va./Westfield) fed the pass into Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos), who posted her sixth goal of the year.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) accumulated five saves in the win while Devlin and sophomore Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands/RSG Pantarijn) each garnered defensive saves for Delaware.

Jamie Bartucca, Laura Maclachlan and June Curry-Lindahl each registered two shots on goal for the Huskies (7-10, 1-4 CAA).  Becky Garner tallied three saves while Alyssa Carlson notched a defensive save.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“Congrats to our team for cashing in on one of their goals in winning the CAA regular season title.  I don’t think we played our best hockey today, but we were able to regroup at halftime and give a better performance in the second half. I’m looking forward to getting back to the level we can be at and playing Delaware hockey the way that we’re capable of on Sunday against Drexel. We’re excited that family weekend has finally come as it’s always a great weekend for our program. Being able to celebrate our journey with our families that come from all over brings a different kind of energy to our program.”
 
Senior Tri-Captain Esmée Peet
“I think that every single CAA game is important. It’s exciting that we won the CAA regular season and will be hosting the tournament, as that was a goal for all of our seniors, but we still have another game on Sunday.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · Delaware has reached 16 wins for the first time in single-season history. The mark is just the sixth ever in program history and third in four years.
     · The Blue Hens are currently 9-0 at home.
     · With two points this evening, Greta Nauck now sits with 52 points this season, which breaks Casey Howard’s single-season record of 51 set in 2009.
     · With a goal against the Huskies, Esmée Peet moves into sixth place in Delaware history with 45 career goals. She holds steady for fifth with 112 career points.
     · Delaware outshot Northeastern, 14-7 while also holding advantages in penalty corners (3-2) and saves (7-4).
     · Delaware will honor seniors Kayla Devlin, Esmée Peet, Marjelle Scheffers, Maura Zarkoski and Meghan Winesett, in addition to senior student athletic trainers Gabby Francis and Erica Witkowski, Sunday in a pre-game ceremony.
     · Also Friday evening, Erica LaBar Stroud ’04 was inducted into the Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame.
     · Delaware field hockey is excited to celebrate the donation and installation of nine locker room plaques on Saturday, which will be a welcome addition to the team’s locker room that was completed last summer.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Sunday, October 30 – Drexel at Delaware * – Noon – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Friday, November 4 – CAA Tournament Semifinals – Time tba – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Sunday, November 6 – CAA Tournament Final – Time tba – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)

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