Hens Face Tough Weekend Task with Contests Against No. 20 Towson and No. 14 JMU
HOW WE HATCHED 🐔
The Blue Hens dedicate their season to those who have inspired them to play and grow the game of lacrosse. On Friday we will honor Mike DeRuggiero, father of freshman Mia DeRuggiero, and Kevin Rausa, father of fellow freshman Sydney Rausa, who are both considered their number one fans and supporters. 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
A second half scoring draught proved to be the difference Sunday afternoon as #rv Elon slipped past Delaware, 6-3, at Rudd Field. Tied 3-3 with just over 22 minutes remaining in the contest, the Phoenix (10-5, 2-2 CAA) scored three unanswered goals to hand the Blue Hens (7-6, 2-1 CAA) their first league loss of the season. Junior goalie Taylor Carpentier registered a career game with 17 saves and a .739 save percentage while allowing the six goals. Delaware received goals from Kirsten Hale, Megan Santoleri and Sydney Rausa. Christine Long led the Hens with four ground balls while Mary Abram posted three draw controls and Chantae Simms collected three caused turnovers.
· Taylor Carpentier has registered 45 saves in the past four games (11.25 per). The junior is currently ninth nationally with an 8.19 GAA.
· After recording a career-high 17 saves and a .739 save percentage at Elon, Carpentier became the 14th player in program history to reach 200 career saves and currently holds 206 during her time in a Blue Hens uniform.
· The Blue Hens rank sixth nationally with an 8.15 scoring defense and 15th with 11.46 caused turnovers per game.
· With two draw controls against the Phoenix, Becky Gohsler moved into a tied for fourth in program history with 87 career draw controls alongside Shannon Burns (2011-14).
· Delaware tallied a season-high 33 ground balls at William & Mary last Friday. The last time the Hens posted at least 33 ground balls was during the 2006 campaign as UD collected 35 at Old Dominion.
· The Blue Hens have held two opponents to just two goals this season (George Washington and William & Mary).
· Jamie Schwartz’s game-opening goal against on April 9 against Hofstra set a new school record, previously set by Julianna Jeffers, previously held the record as she scored just 14 seconds in against James Madison on April 17, 2011. The lone other goal within the first 20 seconds of a contest came from Karen Emas, who scored 19 seconds in against James Madison on April 7, 1983.
· The Blue Hens were a perfect 25-of-25 in clears against Hofstra.
· Becky Gohsler’s five caused turnovers against Colorado are good to tie for third in Delaware single game history. Caitlin McCartney (2015) and Erin Wein (2016) hold the program record with seven caused turnovers in a single game.
· 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 is 45-44 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
· One of the longest rivalries in program history, Friday’s game will be the 50th matchup all-time between the Blue Hens and Tigers.
· UD holds the series advantage at 30-19, but have lost nine of the last 10 to TU.
· In the last meeting at Delaware Stadium, the Hens pulled out the 6-5 victory over the Tigers.
· Last year, Towson picked up the 6-5 overtime decision at home.
· James Madison is 25-16 all-time against Delaware since the first matchup in 1982.
· Last season, the Hens grabbed the momentum early and never let go in the 12-8 win against the Dukes at Delaware Stadium.
· JMU had previously won eight straight over the Blue Hens.
· The series is tied at 10-10 when playing in Newark.
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 62-53 (.539).
· Sonia LaMonica (Maryland ’03) is in her seventh season with the Tigers and has been named the CAA Coach of the Year in four of the last six years. LaMonica is 82-46 overall with Towson and holds an all-time head coaching record of 90-55 after spending one season at Mount St. Mary’s.
· A two-time All-American at James Madison, Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe returned to her alma mater prior to the 2007 season and is in her 11th year at the helm of the Dukes. Klaes-Bawcombe holds a mark of 123-72 and is JMU’s all-time winningest coach.
ABOUT #20/17 TOWSON 🐯
· The Tigers remained in the top 20 in the nation and slipped to No. 17 in the IWLCA Poll and No. 20 in the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll following a tough loss at Hofstra Sunday.
· Sophomore attacker Carly Tellecamp posted her second six-goal game of the season, but it wasn’t enough as then-No. 13/14 Towson fell at Hofstra, 17-15.
· TU also suffered a CAA loss this season to James Madison, 9-5, on April 1.
· Samantha Brookhart guides the team with 54 points on 16 goals and league-best 38 assists (fourth, NCAA) while Natalie Sulmonte is second with 49 points on 35 goals and 14 assists. Tellecamp is third with 47 points on a team-leading 40 goals and seven assists.
· Olivia Conti is also sixth nationally with 2.79 caused turnovers per.
· Angie Benson has started 12 games in the cage for the Tigers while allowing 9.64 goals per with 79 saves (.480).
ABOUT #14/16 JAMES MADISON 👑
· Winners of four consecutive games, James Madison moved up in both major women's lacrosse polls this week, coming in at No. 16 in the IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll and No. 14 in the Inside Lacrosse/Cascade Women's Division I Media Poll.
· The Dukes (10-5, 4-0 CAA) used three big scoring runs to cruise to a 17-9 victory at Colonial Athletic Association foe Hofstra last Friday.
· Junior midfielder Haley Warden, the reigning CAA Co-Player of the Week, scored a career-high six goals while adding six draw controls in the win.
· This season, JMU averages 12.53 goals per game while limiting its opponents to 8.27 per outing, which ranks eighth nationally.
· Warden is ninth in Division I in caused turnovers (2.53), while senior goalkeeper Emily Poelma ranks 14th in goals against average (8.73) and 21st in save percentage (.483). Junior attacker Katie Kerrigan is also 24th in assists (2.13).
· The Dukes travel to Philadelphia for a contest against Drexel Friday before traveling down I-95 to face the Blue Hens on Sunday.