NEWARK, Del. – Down, 2-0, with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game, the University of Delaware field hockey team registered three unanswered goals to defeat James Madison, 3-2, at Rullo Stadium Sunday afternoon in front of a season-high crowd of 521.

Senior Kasey Prettyman (Newark, Del.) put the Blue Hens on board first, with a shot near the top of the circle on the left side that saw the back of the net in the 58th minute.  Freshman Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands) assisted Prettyman on the play.

Just four minutes later, Peet tied the game at 2-2 off of a penalty corner and was assisted by sophomore Allie Mikelson (Macungie, Pa.), who inserted the ball, and senior Heather Hartman (Fredericksburg, Va.) as the stopper.

With momentum on their side, the Hens took the 3-2 advantage in the 68th minute as sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) received the ball about three yards in front of the goal from freshman Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va.).

With the win, Delaware remains unbeaten at Rullo Stadium this season and moves to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in CAA play.  James Madison falls to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof – “We remained poised throughout the game and continued to execute our game plan, even when we were down, 2-0.  Eventually we fought ourselves back in and JMU was like a wounded fox, so we went after them like there was no tomorrow.  We could see that they were baffled, so we took advantage of our additional energy that was created by Kasey’s goal.  We’ve been training on finishing, especially with end line penetrations and then positioning of that penetrating player.  ‘Ela’ [Michaela Patzner] was in a great position to one-touch it on our final goal and we know that if she’s in the right position and gets her hands on it, it’ll be a goal.  She did a fantastic job of getting by a sliding goalie.”

Senior Kasey Prettyman – “We started off a little shaky, but eventually we picked up our energy.  Our passing got better throughout the game and when we play as a team, we play awesome.  We just needed to pick it up together and we did.”
On first goal of game – “I saw Esmée penetrate the end line, so I popped out so I wouldn’t be behind my defender.  I set up my foot work and sent it far post.  I knew it was going in no matter what, whether it be from my shot or a rebound.”

Freshman Meghan Winesett – “Coming out, we knew it was a big game and had good energy going into it.  Getting down was tough, but we knew that we’ve come back before and we had the confidence that we knew we could do it again.  Once we got the momentum, it was up to us to finish it and we did.  In the final play, I knew that if I went with speed, I would open up a space for someone to finish it and I just trusted that someone would be there.  I placed it where I knew I needed to and Ela [Michaela Patzner] was there to finish.  It’s nice to have that feeling of confidence and being able to trust each other.”

     · Delaware outshot JMU, 18-6, and also held the advantage in penalty corners, 8-4.
     · The last time Delaware started CAA play 2-0 was 2009, when the Hens started 4-0 en route to a CAA title.
     · Delaware is 80-60 (.571) all-time at Rullo Stadium and has won six consecutive games at home.  The longest winning streak at Rullo Stadium is seven straight games, a mark recorded in 1998.
     · With the win, UD snapped a four-game losing streak to the Dukes. 
     · Dating to last season, senior goalie Sarah Scher has started 16 straight games for the Hens.  Scher collected three saves in 70 minutes of play against JMU.
     · Scher is 13th in Delaware history with 141 career saves.
     · Michaela Patzner leads UD with 10 goals and now has 17 career goals, a mark good for second place on the active roster.  Junior Kelsey McKee has posted 20 career goals while Kasey Prettyman is third with 15 goals.
     · Heather Hartman the Hens with 14 career assists, a mark that ties for 18th all-time in UD history with Missy Meharg (1981-84).
     · Meghan Winesett is second on the team with five goals and tied for first for the Hens with four assists.
     · Esmée Peet is third for Delaware with four goals and three assists for 11 total points.
     · Current Delaware assistant coach Lynn Farquhar spent two seasons with the Dukes as the associate head coach before joining the Blue Hens this summer

     · Friday, Oct. 11 – Towson at Delaware, 7 p.m., Rullo Stadium
     · Sunday, Oct. 13 – Princeton at Delaware, 1 p.m., Rullo Stadium
     · Sunday, Oct. 20 – Delaware at Columbia, 1 p.m., Columbia Field Hockey Venue (New York, N.Y.)