Delaware (3-2, 0-0 CAA) vs. #14/20 Virginia Tech (8-2, 2-0 ACC)
Saturday, March 10, 2017
12 p.m. ET
Delaware Stadium – Newark, Del.
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The Blue Hens will honor and recognize the following six seniors on their squad during pre-game and halftime ceremonies: Mary Abram, Kirsten Hale, Coley Ricci and Jamie Schwartz and senior student athletic trainers Jessica Boyle and Morgan Taylor.

The Blue Hens dedicate their season to those who have inspired them to play and grow the game of lacrosse.  Saturday we will honor Josie Farri, former coach of freshman Julia Dambly. Coach Farri inspired Julia to become the best player and person she could be. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete today and, with the support of our alumnae, families, and friends, the opportunity to travel abroad this summer to grow the game in Switzerland! Help support a learning experience of a lifetime here.

The Blue Hens set a new school record for draw controls in a game while Coley Ricci broke the school record in the same category as Delaware cruised to the 19-9 women's lacrosse victory at Monmouth Wednesday evening. UD (3-2) finished the game with 23 draw controls to best the school mark of 21 set on February 25, 2015 at La Salle. Ricci collected 10 draw controls to break the school record of nine set by Shannon Burns against Drexel on April 15, 2012. Ricci, a team co-captain, added four goals to tie her career-high from a year ago. Jamie Schwartz contributed four points of her own with two goals and two assists and in the process became the 32nd player in program history to reach 100 career points.  The attacker now has 101 on 56 goals and 45 assists for her four-year career. In total, 10 Delaware players tallied goals on the evening, including Julia Dambly, who registered her first career goal and finished the game with three scores to go along with three draw controls and two ground balls. Sara Laudermilch also posted her first career goal for the Hens. Taylor Carpentier picked up seven saves for the win.

     ·  Delaware’s 23 draw controls Wednesday were one away from the CAA record of 24 that is currently held by Towson (2008), Elon (2015) and William & Mary (2015).
     ·   Coley Ricci’s 10 draw controls is also one off from the CAA record, which was set by Towson’s Hillary Fratzke in 2008.
     ·  The Blue Hens last registered at least 19 goals in a 24-6 win at La Salle on February 25, 2015.
     ·  With her 48 career draw controls, Coley Ricci moved into the Top 20 of the Delaware career record books and is currently 19th all-time.
     ·  Becky Gohsler has scored at least two goals 13 times in her three-year career, including six straight and in 11 of her last 15 games.
     ·  Becky Gohsler is currently ranked fourth nationally with 4.0 goals per game and 10th with 5.0 points per.
     ·  Taylor Carpentier is 15th nationally with a GAA of 8.6.
     ·  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.   

     ·  The Blue Hens are 3-1 all-time against Virginia Tech since the first meeting in 2006.
     ·  The Hokies picked up the victory in the first matchup, 23-8, but Delaware has since won three straight.
     ·  UD is 2-0 versus VT and has outscored the Hokies, 33-10, in Newark.
     ·  In the last meeting, Delaware cruised to the 17-3 triumph on March 12, 2014 at Delaware Stadium. Casey Lyons netted a game-high five goals as the Hens held VT scoreless in the second half to win their seventh straight home game.

     ·  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 58-49 (.542).
     ·  John Sung (Oakland ’07) is in his first season at the helm of the Hokies. He previously served as the head coach at Winthrop and Adrian College and is 109-47 all-time..

     ·  The Hokies have won two straight and six of the last seven with their lone loss in that span coming in overtime, 13-12, to Elon.
     ·  Most recently, VT outlasted George Mason, 11-10, in overtime in Fairfax, Va.  Kristine Loscalzo scored on a free position shot just 46 seconds into OT to grab the win.  Tristan McGinley guided the Hokies with four goals while Emma Harden posted three points on one goal and two assists and Loscalzo added two goals of her own.
     ·  McGinley leads VT with 38 points (fifth nationally) on 32 goals (first nationally) and six assists with 58 draw controls while Zan Biedenharn is second with 35 points (10th nationally) on 22 goals and 13 assists.  McGinley’s 5.8 draw controls per game are good for 14th in the NCAA rankings.
     ·  Goalie Meagh Graham is eighth nationally with a GAA of 8.13 and 11th with 56 saves this season.
     ·  The Hokies were predicted to finish eighth in the ACC this season following a vote by the league’s head coaches.