Delaware (3-0) vs. Villanova University (4-0)
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 
1 p.m. ET
Delaware Stadium
Newark, Del. 

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HEN SCRATCHINGS:


ROLLIN’ ON Ws
With last week’s win over Monmouth, the Blue Hens are off to their first three game win-streak to start a season since 2011. Delaware and Villanova are a combined 7-0 to start the year. Last season Delaware snapped top-ranked Rutgers’ eight game win-streak, they will look to snap seventh-ranked Villanova’s four game win streak this week, with home-field advantage. 


TURNOVERS ON THE MENU
Delaware’s junior defenseman Austin Haynes ranks fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game. The Blue Hens as a team rank seventh in the nation. Haynes will push the envelope on a Villanova squad that averages 14.25 turnovers per game which is good for just 43rd in the nation. Delaware’s selfless offensive style and high shot percentage will continue to help limit their turnovers on the attacking side of the game. 


ON THE ATTACK
Delaware’s Bryce Reid, Joe Eisele, Charlie Kitchen, and Will Hirschmann all rank inside the top 10 in the CAA for goals per game. Hirschmann and Kitchen rank first and second respectively with Hirschmann ranking ninth nationally. Hirschmann also ranks first in the conference in points per game and individual man-up goals. The Blue Hens have been able to share the ball well as Hirschmann, Kitchen, and Dean DiSimone rank inside the top 10 in the CAA in assists per game. 


ON A QUEST
The Blue Hens will be on a quest for a third straight year with a victory over a top-10 opponent. Last year, Delaware took down then #1 Rutgers (13-9 on March 25, 2017) and two years ago, the Blue Hens toppled #7 Towson (10-7 on April 16, 2016). 

ON THE DEFENSIVE
Defense will be a key focus for the Blue Hens this weekend. The defensive unit will have its hands full with one of the best attackman they will face this season. Villanova’s senior attackman Christian Cuccinello will be a point of focus for the Blue Hens. Cuccinello ranks 18th in the nation in goals per game with three. In 2017 he was named to the First Team All-Big East. He scored 33 times and assisted on 31 goals for a total of 64 points. 


SERIES INFORMATION

  • The series is dead-even heading into Saturday with each team sitting on a record of 11-11. 
  • Villanova has won six of the last 10 games. 
  • Six of Delaware’s 11 series wins have come at home.