LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The defending National Champion Delaware field hockey team opened 2017 in impressive fashion with a 7-0 victory against Indiana at Louisville’s Trager Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The No. 3 Blue Hens (1-0) registered their program-record 20th straight win as Delaware posted a shutout in the season opener for the first time since 2007.

Nine total Hens tallied at least one point while senior Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and junior Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) led the way with three points (1g, 2a) apiece.

Redshirt senior Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) tied a career-high with three assists.

Senior Lauren Crudele (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace), sophomores Ally Pollak (Crofton, Md./Arundel) and Michelle Thomas (Damascus, Md./Damascus) and freshmen Ellie Schepens (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Joosje van Weperen (Naarden, The Netherlands/Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum) also saw their names in the goal column for Delaware while junior Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens/Boerhaave) dished out an assist of her own.

Senior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) collected her 50th career victory and ninth career shutout between the pipes to go along with five saves.

Head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“A truly great performance by our entire team. Our team play, possession and defense showed more signs of us having been playing together for quite some time versus this being our season opener. It was a true joy to see them play so well together, sharing the ball and helping each other. All in all, it was a beautiful team effort and outcome!”

 “This season’s team is the most fit players group and has the highest number of players able to positively contribute to DEHO (Delaware Hockey that is) in my seven years as a Blue Hen coach. We had seven quality goals and it is nice to know that players that came off of the bench scored three of them. As a program, our focus has been to further strengthen and increase our competition squad and depth chart, and today’s performance is an excellent indicator we are heading in the right direction!”

The Blue Hens are 36-9-2 (.787) all-time in season lid-lifters.
     ·    Delaware’s seven goals were the most for the Hens in a season opener since a 10-3 win at Central Michigan in 2015.
     ·    UD last scored at least seven goals in a 7-0 victory at Towson on Oct. 21, 2016.
     ·    The Hens improve to 2-0 all-time over Indiana.
     ·    Greta Nauck moved into sixth place in Delaware history with 107 career points and into seventh all-time with 45 career goals.
     ·    Ellie Schepens, Michelle Thomas and Joosje van Weperen each notched their first career goals in a Delaware uniform.

     ·    Sunday, August 27 – No. 3 Delaware at No. 9 Louisville – Noon – Trager Stadium (Louisville, Ky.)
     ·    Friday, September 1 – Dartmouth at No. 3 Delaware – 7 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·    Sunday, September 3 – No. 8 Princeton at No. 3 Delaware – 2 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.) – 1:30 p.m.

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