Blue Hens Travel to Nation’s Capital for Saturday Contest at George Washington
LAST TIME OUT
Delaware came out strong and led wire to wire in Thursday evening’s 9-4 victory over Bryant at Bryn Athyn’s General Field. The Blue Hens jumped out to an early lead in the first-ever matchup between the two programs thanks to back-to-back goals from Jamie Schwartz, which were followed by tallies from Kirsten Hale and Claire D'Antonio. Schwartz added another goal before the end of the half to register her fifth career hat trick as the Hens led, 7-2, at the break. The offense wasn’t as fruitful in the second half as the two teams scored just two goals each. Schwartz finished the game with three goals while Hale posted two total to go along with three ground balls and a draw control. Chantae Simms led all players with three caused turnovers in addition to three ground balls while D’Antonio and Mary Abram each collected two draw controls. Goalie Taylor Carpentier posted seven saves for the win.
· Maggie McCarthy and Claire D'Antonio each scored their first career goals against Bryant.
· Taylor Carpentier currently ranks 15th nationally with a GAA of 8.69.
· 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 💪
· The Blue Hens and Colonials meet Saturday for the fourth time in program history.
· Delaware currently leads the series matchup, 3-0, including a 1-0 mark in Washington, D.C.
· Last season, the Hens held a slight 8-6 lead at halftime before outscoring GW, 9-1, in the second half. Casey Lyons posted her 13th career hat trick and finished the night with five points while Jamie Schwartz notched her second career hat trick with a career-high-tying four goals.
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 59-50 (.541).
· The Colonials are in their third season under head coach Tracy Coyne (Ohio ’83) during the 2017 campaign. The 2006 NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year has over 25 years of coaching experience and has compiled 276 career victories.
· Prior to returning to Delaware in 2010, Linville completed a five-year tenure as an assistant coach at Notre Dame under Coyne.
ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON
· Junior Jocelyn Donohue notched her fourth hat trick of the year to lift GW to the 10-9 victory over Robert Morris at home last Saturday for the team’s first win of the season.
· Eleven different Colonials have found the back of the net this season, including seven players with four or more goals. Donohue paces GW with 17 goals, followed by seniors Cassidy Shollenberger (7), Michaela Lynch (5) and Bailey Forcier (5).
· Lynch leads the Colonials with eight assists on the season, a mark that ranks fifth in the A-10. The senior attacker also ranks eighth in the conference with 1.33 assists per game.
· Goalie Adele Wise has played the majority of the minutes between the pipes for George Washington and has allowed a GAA of 19.19 with 53 saves (.396).
· The Colonials have given up at least 11 goals in each of their five losses this season.
· GW is playing its fourth of five straight contests at home.