#rv/-- Delaware (9-7, 4-2 CAA) vs. #20/19 James Madison (11-6, 5-1 CAA)
CAA Semifinals

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Friday, May 5, 2017
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4 p.m. ET
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Johnny Unitas Stadium – Towson, Md.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Blue Hens received hat tricks from four different players and clinched a spot in the upcoming CAA Tournament last Saturday afternoon with their 16-9 victory over Drexel at Vidas Field. Megan Santoleri led the way by tallying her second straight game with a career-high four goals to go along with a draw control and caused turnover. Becky Gohsler added her eighth hat trick of the season with three goals and registered a career-best six draw controls to eclipse 100 draw controls for her career.  The midfielder also contributed game-highs of three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Kirsten Hale and Caroline Farley also recorded three goals apiece while Jamie Schwartz and Mia DeRuggiero tallied two goals each. Delaware (9-7, 4-2 CAA) led, 8-7, at halftime before outscoring the Dragons (7-9, 2-4), 8-2, in the second half for the win.

HEN SCRATCHINGS  🐔
     ·  Delaware is 3-9 all-time in the CAA Tournament and has never own the CAA title.
     ·  In 1995, the Hens defeated No. 7 Loyola, 13-11, and No. 3 JMU, 6-5, before falling to No. 10 Old Dominion, 9-7, in overtime in the CAA finals.
     ·  Delaware also earned an 8-6 win over No. 18 ODU in 2009 before an 8-7 loss to Towson in the finals.
     ·  The Blue Hens had eight players recognized Thursday with CAA postseason accolades. Becky Gohsler led the way with All-First Team honors for the first time in her career. The CAA also honored Mary Abram, Coley Ricci and goalie Taylor Carpentier with Second Team accolades. Additionally, Mia DeRuggiero, Christine Long and Sydney Rausa were named to the All-Rookie Team while Maura McNutt was recognized for her work in the classroom as an All-Academic Team awardee.
     ·  Becky Gohsler is currently fourth in program history with 100 career draw controls.
     ·  Taylor Carpentier is 11th amongst all NCAA Division I goalies with an 8.48 GAA.
     ·  Carpentier is also 11th in program history with 226 career saves.
     ·  The Blue Hens rank eighth nationally with an 8.44 scoring defense.
     ·  The 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.
 
SERIES INFORMATION 💪    
     · James Madison is 25-17 all-time against Delaware since the first matchup in 1982.
     ·  The Blue Hens have won two straight over the Dukes, including a 15-12 victory on April 23 at Delaware Stadium. Senior co-captain Coley Ricci led all scorers with a career-high six points on a career-best five goals and an assist.  She added two draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover in the crucial win.
     ·  The Hens have faced JMU in their previous two CAA Tournament appearances coming in 2014 and 2015.
     ·  The Dukes defeated Delaware, 13-9, in 2014 at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg before picking up the 10-7 win in 2015 at Delaware Stadium.
     ·  James Madison is Delaware's most common opponent in the CAA Tournament as the Blue Hens are 1-5 all-time against the Dukes in CAA postseason play.

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 64-54 (.542).
     ·  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. The back-to-back CAA Coach of the Year, Klaes-Bawcombe holds a mark of 124-72 and is JMU's all-time winningest coach.
 
ABOUT #20/19 JAMES MADISON 👑
     ·  The Dukes received the top spot in the 2017 CAA Tournament following a 5-1 campaign in league play.
     ·  JMU most recently captured the 2015 CAA Tournament title and is 33-13 (.717) all-time in the postseason tournament.
     ·  The Dukes are looking to make their fourth straight berth into the CAA championship game and 16th overall.
     ·  Haley Warden was named the CAA Player of the Year while Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe brought home Coach of the Year honors.
     ·  Warden is third in the CAA and 12th nationally with 2.35 caused turnovers per game.  She is also third in the league with 3.29 draw controls and 2.76 ground balls per.
     ·  James Madison had seven individuals garner All-CAA accolades, including three First Team members.
     ·  Katie Kerrigan leads the Dukes with 51 points on 15 goals and a team-best 36 assists while Kristen Gaudian is second with 48 points and a team-leading 42 goals and six assists.
     ·  In the cage, Emily Poelma has registered a 9.09 GAA with 6.29 saves per game at a clip of .467.