Delaware Hits the Road for Wednesday Match at Monmouth
LAST TIME OUT
The Blue Hens scored five of the game’s final six goals, but it was too little too late as Delaware dropped an 11-9 decision to Canisius Friday evening at Delaware Stadium. As has become the story this season, Becky Gohsler once again tallied a hat trick and finished the night with team-highs of four points (3g, 1a), four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Megan Santoleri added a career-best three points on two goals and an assist to go along with two draw controls and a ground ball while Kirsten Hale also registered two goals in addition to a team-best three draw controls and three ground balls. Taylor Carpentier picked up eight saves in the loss.
HEN SCRATCHINGS 🐔
· Becky Gohsler has scored at least two goals 12 times in her three-year career, including five straight and in 10 of her last 14 games.
· Gohsler first Delaware player to net a hat trick in four straight games since Caitlin McCartney had four consecutive hat tricks to open the 2013 campaign.
· Gohsler is currently ranked second nationally with 4.0 goals per game and 10th with 5.0 points per.
· Jamie Schwartz continues to move closer to the 100-point mark for her career and now holds 97 points on 54 goals and 43 assists. She will become the 32nd player in program history to reach the century milestone.
· Entering Wednesday’s game, Delaware is ninth in the nation with 12.0 caused turnovers per contest.
· Taylor Carpentier is 17th nationally with a GAA of 8.5.
· A squad that went 11-6 overall and 3-3 in CAA play last year, UD returns 16 letter winners and five starters while adding 10 newcomers.
· A youthful squad, the Hens feature just 10 juniors and seniors in 2017.
· Delaware was predicted to finished fourth in the CAA Preseason Poll.
· Seniors Coley Ricci and Jamie Schwartz were picked as All-CAA Preseason Honorable Mention selections.
· Seniors Mary Abram and Coley Ricci were named the Delaware team captains for the 2017 campaign.
· The Blue Hens welcomed assistant coach Allison Daley (Canisius ’11, ’14) to the squad in December. Daley was recently named as one of 18 players to represent Canada at this summer’s FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England.
· Delaware will be featured on April 14 as the CAA Game of the Week on Lax sports Network as the Blue Hens play at William & Mary.
SERIES INFORMATION 💪
· Delaware holds the all-time advantage against Monmouth, 4-0, since the series inception in 2013.
· Last season, Casey Lyons logged seven points as the Hens defeated Monmouth, 14-11, at Delaware Stadium for their fifth straight win at home.
· In the last meeting at Monmouth, the Hens jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back in a 14-5 victory at Monmouth on March 4, 2015. The No. 20 Blue Hens (5-1) received hat tricks from three different players and were led in scoring by Lyons, who finished the game with three goals and two assists.
THE COACHES 📋
· Now in her seventh season as the head coach at her alma mater, Kateri Linville (Delaware ’03) has led the Blue Hens to four consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 57-49 (.538).
· Eileen Ghent (Rutgers ’11) is in her second season as the head coach at Monmouth, but previously served four seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach with the Hawks. During her head coaching tenure, Monmouth has posted a 14-12 record.
· The Hawks halted a four-game losing streak by upending Villanova, 17-11, Saturday.
· Alexa Smith, Alex Stambaugh, Olivia Higson and Nicole Ceraso each registered four points in the win. Smith scored four goals with Higson chipping in three and Stambaugh and Ceraso each grabbing two goals and two assists.
· Goalie Riley Brager tied a career-high with 11 saves against the Wildcats, giving her 21 total in two games last week.
· The Hawks have produced double-digit scoring efforts in all but one game this season.
· Ceraso leads Monmouth with 25 points on 12 goals and 13 assists while Higson has posted a team-best 20 goals with four assists for a total of 24 points.
· The Hawks were selected to finish second in the MAAC preseason poll, behind only defending MAAC Champion Canisius.