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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For the second time in less than a month, No. 12 Delaware and No. 4 Virginia needed more than 70 minutes for a winner to emerge as the Cavaliers pulled out the 4-3 overtime victory Saturday at University Hall Field Turf in NCAA Tournament First Round action.

After an offensively charged first half produced six total goals, defense took over in a scoreless second half before Lucy Hyams connected with Riley Tata on a fast break for the game-winner in the 79th minute.

Junior Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) led Delaware (16-6) with a goal and assist while classmate Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria) and senior Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany/Karolinen Gymnasium) each collected goals in the loss.

Sophomore goalie Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) collected five saves for the Hens.

Tata finished the game with two goals for the Cavs (15-5), who will next face the winner between No. 6 Duke and No. 13 Stanford Sunday in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.  Virginia logged 14 total saves in the game while Carrera Lucas notched eight in 55 minutes between the pipes.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“As a program we have been talking about competing, representing and creating opportunities for personal and team growth. All of that our Blue Hens did today! I am so proud on this team for the way they went about their business every moment we were together for the last nine months. I am humbled and privileged to work with this amazing group of passionate and talented student-athletes.”

“Today’s outcome may not be in our favor but the performance in which the players committed to work as a team was amazing. Thanks to great leadership of seniors Allie, Jacki, Maddie, Ela and Janell, UDFH has taken another step forward as a program in 2015. I want to sincerely thank them for what they have brought and contributed to the overall development of our program the past four years. They should be proud of their accomplishments as true student-athletes and ambassadors of the University of Delaware. Seniors, Thank You.”

“In closing, I would like to thank our ‘team around the team’ – staff, colleagues, families, fans, friends, donors – for their ongoing support and interest in UDFH. It is amazing what happens when people have a goal and commit to working together to that goal but also accomplish those goals together. We dreamt about winning the 2015 CAA Champions and punching a ticket to the NCAA Final Four. We have been living our dreams and can look back on being CAA Champs for the third year in a row, and a worthy and well performing NCAA team, representing the University of Delaware and the Colonial Athletic Association with class in 2015. We will continue to dream big and believe that our journey will continue thanks to our desire to contribute to Delaware Pride and believing in us as Team Delaware!”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
     ·  Virginia previously defeated the Hens, 3-2, on Oct. 18 in a game that required 75 minutes for a decision at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.
     ·  Michaela Patzner finishes her career in a Delaware uniform third all-time with 122 points and 28 assists and fourth with 47 goals.
     ·  Esmée Peet’s three points sets a new program NCAA Tournament record.
     ·  Peet, who celebrated her 21st birthday Saturday, finishes her junior season tied for ninth in program history with 95 points (39g, 17a).  Her 39 goals are also good to tie for eighth all-time.
     ·  Allie Mikelson set a new Blue Hens record with 86 career games played for in the blue and yellow while Patzner is second with 85 and Janell Holmes tied for third at 84.
     ·  Prior to the 2015 season, the Hens and Cavs had not matched up since the 1993 season.

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