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NEWARK, Del. – School records continue to crumble each time the Blue Hens take the field and today was no different as No. 9 Delaware defeated Drexel, 4-1, on a beautiful afternoon at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.

Sophomore Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) tallied her eighth multi-goal game of the season and en route broke the UD single-season goals record with 24 tallies.  Casey Howard previously held the record of 22, which was set during the 2009 campaign.

The win was also the 12th straight for Delaware, which concludes regular season play by tying the school record with 17 wins while going 6-0 in conference play for just the second time since 1991.

Senior Meghan Winesett (at left; Centreville, Va./Westfield) and freshman Ally Pollak (Crofton, Md./Arundel) also registered goals for the Blue Hens on senior day.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) allowed one goal with one save in 63 minutes of play before redshirt freshman Sydney Rhodes (Middletown, Del./C. Milton Wright (Md.)) came in relief to keep a clean sheet.

Allison McCardell logged Drexel’s lone goal of the day in the 61st minute.  Erin Gilchrist collected 12 saves as the Dragons fall to 8-10 on the year and 3-3 in the CAA.

The two teams will match up once again next Friday in the CAA Semifinals, held at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.

POST-GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
[On reaching 17 wins]: “We never thought about adding together what we were doing on our journey to getting 17 wins. Every game is a game itself and it’s all a process.  I’m very, very proud of our entire group. Some of us started this journey in February while others joined us this summer. What we have done as a group is remarkable and the way we played today was true Delaware field hockey. It was true teamwork in action today. I’m very proud of our five seniors, each and every single one of them has been selfless throughout her career and this season.”

[On Greta Nauck]: “I’m very happy for Greta, but I know she’s happier that the program got the win. She may be a terrific goal scorer, but she’s humble about what she does. She’s part of this program and she’s in a position to contribute like everyone else.  We get it done together. For her to do what she’s done as a sophomore is just remarkable.”

[On fan support]: “The stands were beautifully filled today and that gives an extra spark for our players group. This program is not about the team; this program is a family and within a family you have different members.  In order to do what we do, we need each other and we are appreciative of everyone who came out today, including First State Field Hockey, our alumni and advisors, Fred and Madeleine Rullo, Chrissi Rawak and President Assanis and his wife, Eleni, to name a few. To take a line from baseball, it was a great day in the ballpark.”
 
Sophomore Greta Nauck
“It’s amazing to get this for our seniors. We had some illnesses today and it’s nice to see that we can still play at a high level as people on the bench step in. Our energy and level of play did not change because people were missing from the lineup.”

[On breaking single-season record]: “It’s great, but at the end of the day I play a team sport and I don't care about individual honors. I wouldn’t be the player I am today without the support of all of my teammates and the coaching staff. It only matters if we get the win, and today we did so.”
 
Freshman Ally Pollak (at right)
“It was really great to come out and get this win, especially for our seniors. They laid out such a terrific foundation for the classes behind them to come in and make their mark.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
     · Delaware has reached 17 wins for just the second time in program history.  The 2013 Blue Hens finished the year with a mark of 17-5.
     · The Blue Hens are now 10-0 on the year while winning 12 straight since last season at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.
     · With her two goals, Greta Nauck now sits in 15th place in Delaware history with 83 career points on 35 goals and 13 assists.
     · Marjelle Scheffers missed her first career game due to illness.
     · Delaware honored seniors Kayla Devlin, Esmée Peet, Marjelle Scheffers, Maura Zarkoski and Meghan Winesett, in addition to senior student athletic trainers Gabby Francis and Erica Witkowski, in a pre-game ceremony.
     · The Hens outshot the Dragons, 22-2, while holding the 9-0 advantage in penalty corners.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     · Friday, November 4 – Delaware vs. Drexel – CAA Tournament Semifinals – 3 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Friday, November 4 – James Madison vs. William & Mary – CAA Tournament Semifinals – 6 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · Sunday, November 6 – CAA Tournament Final – 1 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     · NCAA Tournament – tba

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