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NEWARK, Del. – Sophomore Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) registered her third career hat trick while classmate Michaela Scanlon (Wynnewood, Pa./Merion Mercy) tallied a career-best two goals Friday afternoon as No. 9 Delaware routed Drexel, 6-1, at Fred P. Rullo Stadium in the first game of the CAA Tournament Semifinals.

With the win, the Blue Hens upped their school-record winning streak to 14 games while setting a new single-season school record with their 18th overall victory.  UD seeks its fourth straight CAA Tournament crown and will face the winner of the second semifinal of the day between second-seeded William & Mary and third-seeded James Madison in the title contest on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Nauck (at left), who was named the 2016 CAA Player of the Year on Thursday, scored two of Delaware’s first half goals while adding an assist in the second half.

Scanlon notched the game-winner midway through the first half before posting UD’s final goal of the afternoon in the 52nd minute.

Senior Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos), an All-CAA First Team selection for the fourth straight season, tallied her seventh goal of the year while junior Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), also an All-CAA First Team honoree, added an assist in the win.

Jessica McCarthy netted the lone Dragon goal late in the second half.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) held Drexel scoreless with one save in 55 minutes of play before redshirt freshman Sydney Rhodes (Middletown, Del./C. Milton Wright (Md.)) finished the game.

Erin Gilchrist made four saves while Kathryn Boyce notched two in the loss.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“We’ve really grown as a team this year. We’ve created a lot more depth on our entire players group and it’s a joy as a coach and fan of the game to see how we’ve played the past few weeks. We’ve had players continue to get better and more comfortable and confident in their skillsets and abilities.”

Senior Tri-Captain Esmée Peet (at right)
“We’ve all been waiting for the CAA Tournament and we like to play in games where something’s on the line. One of our goals is to win the CAA Tournament and now it’s finally here.  We’ve really worked well together as a team and it’s great to see how we can all help each other on the field. It doesn’t matter who’s out there, the talent level and effort doesn’t drop.”

Sophomore Michaela Scanlon
“This was a really exciting game to be a part of as we really wanted to focus on playing as a team as playing our own game. We couldn’t let the fact that it was a semifinal contest effect us at all. Seeing the amount of people that contributed today was a great thing. It’s exciting to see the depth of the team and it really puts confidence in yourself as a player and your teammates. We’re very happy with being able to share the wealth on the field.”
      · Delaware owns the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I action.
      · The Blue Hens remain perfect at Fred P. Rullo Stadium this season as they improve to 11-0 at home.
     ·  UD is 13-5 all-time in CAA Championship play, including a mark of 7-2 in the semifinals.
     ·  With her three goals, Greta Nauck jumped into 12th place in program history with 90 points on 38 goals (12th) and 14 assists.
     ·  With her goal, Esmée Peet moves into a tie for fifth all-time alongside Carol Miller (1978-81)
     ·  The Hens outshot the Dragons, 24-6, while holding the 9-3 advantage in penalty corners.
     · Sunday, November 6 – CAA Tournament Final – 1 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
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