Saint Joseph's (3-4) at Delaware (5-3)
Saturday, March 18, 2017 • Delaware Stadium • Newark, Del.  • 1 p.m.

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The Blue Hens continue their four-game homestand this afternoon as Delaware plays host to longtime foe Saint Joseph’s here at Delaware Stadium.

The Hens (5-3), looking to shake off a 13-9 setback to Binghamton last week that snapped a four-game win streak, will be looking to get some revenge on a Saint Joseph’s team (3-4) that has defeated them three straight times.

Delaware fell to Binghamton last Saturday here at Delaware Stadium as the Bearcats scored four man-up goals and committed just six turnovers. Binghamton scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to break away from an 8-7 lead. Trupert Ortlieb led the Hens with three goals while Charlie Kitchen and Joe Eisele both scored twice and Will Hirschmann added a goal and a career-high three assists.

The Hawks lost their first three games of the season to #3 Maryland (16-8), #19 Penn (10-5), and #16 Duke (16-3) before winning three straight over St. John’s (8-5), Manhattan (18-6), and Monmouth (6-5 in OT). SJU is coming off a 12-8 setback to Delaware’s CAA rival Drexel on Sunday that snapped the win streak.

» Delaware leads the all-time series by a 13-3 margin but Saint Joseph’s has won the last three meetings, including wins of 12-9 in 2014 and 14-6 in 2015 - both at Delaware Stadium - and a 12-7 victory last season in Philadelphia
» Delaware won the first 13 meetings in a series that began in 2000
» Delaware is 5-3 vs. SJU here at Delaware Stadium
» In last year’s game, Delaware, outshot the Hawks 34-31, had a distinct advantage on groundballs, and the teams were even on faceoffs, but Saint Joseph’s broke open a close game by scoring the first three goals of the second half
» Andrew Romagnoli, Eisele, and Steve DeLargy each scored twice for UD while Mike Rastivo and Chris Blewitt each had three goals for the Hawks.

» Delaware has scored 10+ goals in six of eight games this season and ranks No. 2 in the CAA (17th in NCAA/12.0 goals per game)
» Saint Joseph's has hit double figures just once this season and averages 8.0 goals per game (61st out of 68 NCAA teams)
» Hens have already reached their win total from both 2015 and 2016 and a win today would give them their most wins since going 7-9 in 2014
» Both teams have excelled on faceoffs and taking care of the ball this year
» Delaware ranks No. 2 in the CAA in faceoffs (.507) and turnovers (11.50) while Saint Joseph's is No. 2 in the Northeast Conference in faceoffs (.537) and turnovers (13.8)
» Saint Joseph's Danny Manning - the reigning NEC Player of the Week - leads the NEC in faceoff pct. (.594/16th in NCAA). Hawks GK T.J. Jones is this week’s NEC Defensive Player of the Week
» Delaware's Romagnoli has scored a point in 12 straight games. He ranks No. 3 in the CAA and 24th in the NCAA in goals per game (2.63)
» UD’s Ortlieb is No. 10 in the NCAA with four man-up goals this season
» Kitchen continues to build on his UD freshman record as he now has at least two points in each of his first eight career games
» Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw will retire this season after 39 years at the helm at UD and 42 years overall. He has 332 career victories (308 at Delaware) to rank No. 4 among active DI coaches.

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