NEWARK, Del. – The Blue Hens are dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive year as No. 8 Delaware topped No. 19 William & Mary, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Fred P. Rullo Stadium in the CAA Championship contest.
 
Clinching the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Hens will learn their destination and opponent this evening as part of the NCAA Selection Show at 10 p.m. The show will be broadcast via at http://www.ncaa.com/fallselections.
 
Knotted 0-0 at halftime, senior Taylor Lister (at left; Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) scored just 27 seconds into the second half to put UD (15-4) ahead before junior Greta Nauck (below right; Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekplatz) posted her ninth multi-goal game of the season with tallies in the 54th and 58th minutes.
 
Lister finished the game with three points after dishing out an assist on Nauck’s first goal while freshman Lotte de Koning (Vreeland, The Netherlands/RSG Broklede) and redshirt senior Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) also collected assists for the Hens.
 
Senior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) logged her 10th career complete game shutout and finished the contest with two saves while sophomore defender Sarah Horgan (Centreville, Va./Westfield) notched a defensive save.
 
William & Mary’s Morgan Connor posted five saves as the Tribe finish their season at 13-7 overall.
 
POST-GAME QUOTES
“It’s hard. Winning is fun, but it’s hard. This weekend really proved that to us as a team. Northeastern and William & Mary did a great job in putting a game plan together. But, winning never gets old. Once you get a taste of winning, you want to continue that. We lost some great players to graduation and other people stepped up. That’s been the story of our program the last few years. That allows us to be consistent and a dominating force in the CAA.”
 
Redshirt Senior Defender Kayla Devlin
“It feels amazing honestly. We’ve been building our program and to be able to do win five years in a row just solidifies the spot that we’re at and the fact that we’re no longer in the building phase. We’ve built that foundation. We really fed off the energy of the crowd today and it was great to know the support that we have behind us.”
 
Senior Midfielder Taylor Lister
“Each year we keep improving and honestly, the CAA has gotten better every year as well. Each year it’s been a bigger accomplishment because of this. We had great teams here this weekend in William & Mary, Northeastern and James Madison and each game was really a fight.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
    ·    Greta Nauck was named the CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Performer for the second straight year while Taylor Lister, MacKenzie Meyer and Lisa Giezeman garnered All-Tournament Team accolades.
    ·    The Blue Hens are 16-5 (.762) all-time in CAA Tournament play with seven titles (2004, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
    ·    The shutout victory was the first for Delaware in the CAA Tournament since topping No. 10 Drexel, 1-0, in the 2009 championship matchup.
    ·    Hosting the conference tournament for the second consecutive year and third time since 2013, Delaware’s fifth CAA title in the last five seasons trails only former conference member Old Dominion, which won eight straight trophies from 1996-2003.
    ·    Since the start of the program’s title run in 2013, UD has won 10 games while outscoring opponents 41-10.
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
    ·    Sunday, November 5 – NCAA Tournament Selection Show – 10 p.m. – NCAA.com
 
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