HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Delaware will host the CAA Tournament for the second consecutive season as the Blue Hens cruised to the 6-0 victory over Hofstra Friday afternoon.
UD improves to 12-4 on the year and 5-0 in the CAA standings to clinch the regular season title for the third time in five years. The Hens will now host the four-team CAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 5. William & Mary and James Madison have also clinched berths into the league’s postseason tournament while Northeastern and Drexel battle for the final spot.
Junior Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekplatz) led the way with her seventh multi-goal contest of the year as the forward notched two goals, including the game-winner just 1:10 into the match.
Delaware also saw goals from seniors Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and junior Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartens College) and freshman Femke Strien (IJsselstein, The Netherlands/Cals College Nieuwegein).
Senior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) and redshirt sophomore Sydney Rhodes (Middletown, Del./C. Milton Wright (Md.) split the shutout and each registered a save for the Blue Hens.
Carys Swan logged nine saves for the Pride, who fall to 7-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
“We compete for Delaware Pride on a daily basis and today we made Blue Hen Nation proud as our team won at least a share of the CAA Regular Season title and secured the top seed for the CAA Tournament, which we will be able to host at Rullo Stadium next weekend. Today was an overall good performance of DEHO. We were very strong from time to time, which is something we are looking forward to further adding to in our final regular season game Sunday versus Northeastern."
    ·    Delaware outshot Hofstra, 25-3, and held an 8-2 advantage in penalty corners.
    ·    The Blue Hens are now 26-7 all-time against the Pride and have won four straight by a scoring margin of 25-5.
    ·    Greta Nauck moved into second place in program history with 14 career game-winning goals. Erica LaBar registered 16 from 2001-04.
    ·    Head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof is nearing his 100th career victory on the Delaware sidelines and holds 98 wins entering Sunday’s regular season finale.
    ·    Sunday, October 29 – No. 7 Delaware at Northeastern – 2 p.m. – Dedham Field (Dedham, Mass.)
    ·    Friday, November 3 – CAA Tournament Semifinals – Time TBA – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
    ·    Sunday, November 5 – CAA Tournament Finals – Time TBA – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
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