Delaware Seeks Return to Win Column Thursday vs. Bryant
Please note that this game has been moved to Bryn Athyn College due to field and weather conditions at Delaware Stadium.
Delaware (3-3, 0-0 CAA) vs. Bryant (3-2, 0-0 NEC)
📅 Thursday, March 15, 2017 PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
🕔 6:30 p.m. ET PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE
📍 General Field – Bryn Athyn, Pa. PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE
📊 Live Stats
HOW WE HATCHED 🐣
The Blue Hens dedicate their season to those who have inspired them to play and grow the game of lacrosse. This week we will honor Tracey Sullivan and Holly Drown, former coaches of sophomore Maggie McCarthy, and David Ashwood, dad of junior Sarah Ashwood. 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.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 14/20 Virginia Tech jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Blue Hens fell, 15-7, to the Hokies at a chilly Delaware Stadium Saturday afternoon. Mia DeRuggiero and Sydney Rausa led Delaware with three points (2g, 1a) apiece. Megan Santoleri added two goals of her own in the loss. Coming off of a record-breaking draw controls performance last Wednesday, Coley Ricci grabbed five more against Virginia Tech to go along with team-highs of four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Turnovers and fouls plagued the Blue Hens (3-3) all afternoon as Delaware finished the day with 24 total turnovers and 36 fouls. Taylor Carpentier allowed 10 goals with two saves in 34 minutes of play before Laney Stenson came in in relief and registered five saves with five goals allowed in 26 minutes.
· Mia DeRuggiero was recognized by the CAA Monday as the league’s Rookie of the Week after posting four goals and an assist as Delaware split games last week. In Wednesday’s 19-9 win at Monmouth, the midfielder tallied a season-best two goals and collected her first career ground ball. She then earned her first career start against nationally-ranked Virginia Tech and registered a season-high three points on two goals and an assist to go along with the first two caused turnovers of her career and another ground ball.
· Delaware’s 23 draw controls last Wednesday against Monmouth 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 and tied by Towson’s Natalie Sulmonte on Sunday.
· With her 53 career draw controls, Coley Ricci is tied for 16th all-time in the Delaware record books alongside Kristin Cellucci (2003-06).
· 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 and Bryant have never before met in women’s lacrosse history.
· The two teams do not have any mutual opponents this season.
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 58-50 (.537).
· Jill Batcheller (Syracuse ’07) is in her fifth season at the helm of the Bryant women’s lacrosse program. A three-time NEC Coach of the Year, she has guided the Bulldogs to three straight regular season NEC titles.
· The Bulldogs are 3-2 on the year and most recently fell at Navy, 9-8, in overtime after rattling off three straight wins.
· Junior goalie Samantha Santeramo was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week after stopping 26-of-43 shots for a 60.5 save percentage with 26 saves and an 8.23 GAA.
· For the year, Santeramo has registered an 8.76 GAA, which is good for 16th in NCAA Division I rankings, and is 11th nationally with a 51.8 save percentage.
· The 2016 NEC Rookie of the Year, Jess DeMeo, currently leads Bryant with 13 points on 10 goals and three assists while Caitlin Breglia is second with 12 points on eight goals and a team-high four assists.
· Molly Martin, the reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Year, guides the Bulldogs with 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.