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NEWARK, Del. -- Call it a University of Delaware field hockey four-peat!

Backed by two goals each from tournament Most Outstanding Player Greta Nauck  (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) and senior Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va./Westfield), the Blue Hens captured their fourth straight CAA Tournament title Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 triumph over James Madison in front of an enthusiastic Fred P. Rullo Stadium crowd.

The top-seed and No. 9 Blue Hens (19-2) extended their winning streak to 15 straight games as they knocked off the third-seeded and No. 20 Dukes (13-7) in the league title game for the third straight season.

Delaware, which also remained unbeaten at home this season with a 12-0 mark, will now await its first round opponent in the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Nauck (at left), who scored three goals in the Hens' 6-1 semifinal win over Drexel Friday night, added two more Sunday to increase her single-season school-record goal total to 29. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Winesett and juniors Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum).

Nauck got things started with a goal off a penalty corner just 7:45 into the game, taking feeds from seniors Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) and Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria) to complete the play.

Just three minutes later, Winesett scored off a rebound from 10 yards out to up the lead to 2-0.

James Madison cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Florien Sondern 14 minutes into the second half, but the Hens quickly ended the comeback threat as Nauck scored her second goal of the game from just inside the circle off a feed from classmate Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands/RSG Pantarijn) just over three minutes later.

Winesett provided the insurance with her second goal of the game and eighth of the season on a tap-in after passes from senior Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and Lister with 50 seconds remaining.

Oltmans finished the game with one save and now has 199 for her career.

Sara Kraeutler made seven saves for the Dukes in the loss.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“This year we were the strongest in the four years that we’ve been fortunate to compete in and win the CAA Tournament. We’re rock solid. This group is so mature and driven. My hat’s off to them for the way they’ve prepared and competed all season long. They really drive themselves and ultimately that’s what you want in a player’s group. They want it and they’ll go out and do it.”

Senior Tri-Captain Meghan Winesett
“This is pretty crazy. We knew it was going to be a really tough game today, but we knew if we just played our game, it would all work out. It feels incredible.  We went into this game like every other game; we couldn’t think about it as a championship game. We went in, did what we had to do and it all worked out.  We’ll let this soak in for a couple of hours, but we have much bigger goals ahead of us.  This was the first step.”

Senior Tri-Captain Maura Zarkoski
“There are no words to describe how I’m feeling.  We’ve worked so hard; this was one of our goals and to accomplish it is just an awesome feeling.  It’s always a battle with JMU and they’re a tremendous opponent.  We’ll celebrate right now, but once we view the selection show, we’ll start preparing for the next one.  We’re not done yet; we still have more goals to accomplish.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · The field hockey team is the first Delaware squad to win four straight conference tournament titles since baseball did so from 1998 to 2001.
     · Old Dominion was the last CAA team to win at least four straight field hockey championships when they picked up eight consecutive from 1996 to 2003.
     · The Blue Hens are 14-5 all-time in CAA Championship play, including a mark of 6-1 in the finals.
     · With two goals, Greta Nauck moved into a tie for 11th place in program history with 94 points on 40 goals (10th) and 14 assists.
     · With her assist, Esmée Peet is now tied for fourth all-time with 115 career points on 46 goals and 23 assists.
     ·  Peet also set a new Delaware program record with 87 career games played in a Blue Hens uniform.
     · Delaware, which downed James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. by a 1-0 score on Sept. 30, outshot the Dukes 17-2 on Sunday and held a commanding 8-1 advantage in penalty corners.
 
 UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Sunday, November 6 – NCAA Division I Selection Show – 10 p.m. ET – NCAA.com http://www.ncaa.com/live/player?vid=2016/2721&date=2016/11/06
     · NCAA Tournament – tba

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