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Ben Sampson, Guillermo Delgado and Thomas de Villardi
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Blue Hens Trio Earn NSCAA Regional All-America Status

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 12/06/2016
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Delaware had three players named Tuesday as NSCAA NCAA Division I All-Midwest Region honorees in seniors Guillermo Delgado (Tres Cantos, Spain/Jose Luis Sampedro) and Thomas de Villardi (Vincennes, France/Lycee Notre-dame Guingamp) and graduate student Ben Sampson (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury).

"This is a great compliment for three of our finest ambassadors to end their careers with,” commented Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “They have all enjoyed strong academic and soccer careers as Blue Hens. They have much to be proud of in the company they keep with these awards."

Delgado garnered first team all-region accolades for the fourth straight season, becoming the program’s first-ever four-time first team selection. The forward joins George Caruso as Delaware’s only four-time all-region honorees as Caruso was a first team (1977, 1978), second team (1975) and honorable mention (1976) pick.

The 2016 CAA Player of the Year, Delgado is the nation’s active career leader in points (117) and goals (49) and is currently seventh nationally with 1.68 points per game and 14th with 12 goals.  His 32 points this season is good for sixth in UD single-season history while his eight assists tied for fourth and 12 goals tied for eighth.

One of the most decorated student-athletes in University of Delaware history, Delgado finished his four-year career in a Blue Hens uniform as the school’s all-time leader in five statistical categories: points, goals, assists (19), game-winning goals (17) and shots (282). He is now eligible for NSCAA All-America honors, which will be announced this Friday.

De Villardi, an All-Midwest Region third team selection last season, earned a spot on the second team this year. He wrapped his career in a Blue Hens uniform as a two-time All-CAA first team honoree after transferring to Delaware following his sophomore campaign. The midfielder registered eight points on two goals and three assists for the Blue Hens.

Sampson, a two-time team captain, was selected to the all-region third team. He remained a mainstay on the pitch for the Blue Hens and started 83 of 84 games played for UD while rarely seeing less than 90 minutes played in a contest.

The CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and a Senior CLASS Award candidate, the defender garnered 10 goals and four assists for 24 points during his career.

This season’s squad featured the most all-region honorees since the 2013 team had four selections.

MEDIA CONTACT: Maggie Hayon, Assistant Sports Information Director | mhayon@udel.edu | O: 302-831-6389 | C: 302-379-9182

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