INDIANPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Delaware field hockey squad learned its fate in the NCAA Tournament late Sunday evening as it was announced that the No. 8 Blue Hens will travel to Storrs, Conn. to face No. 5 Penn State in the first round of the postseason tournament.
 
The game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11 at the University of Connecticut’s George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
 
“We are excited to represent the University of Delaware in this year’s NCAA Division I Tournament,” exclaimed seventh-year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “Our players group has grown so much throughout the course of our regular season and CAA Tournament, and with the 2016 National Championship experiences gained and lessons learned, we can be confident in our preparation for our opening game versus Penn State.”
 
Van de Kerkhof continued, “During today’s CAA Championship game, our program really enjoyed the support and energy of our Blue Hen family and fan-base. We are looking forward to welcoming many Blue Hens in the stands as we are looking forward to defending our National Championship starting on Saturday.”
 
The Blue Hens (15-4) earned their fifth straight berth into the NCAA Tournament after defeating No. 19 William & Mary, 3-0, earlier Sunday in the CAA title game. This will be Delaware’s ninth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
 
The Nittany Lions (16-4) fell to No. 3 Michigan, 1-0, Sunday in the Big Ten Championship game.
 
The winner of Saturday’s second contest will take on the victor of the 11:30 a.m. game between No. 1 Connecticut (19-0) and either Fairfield (9-11) or Boston University (13-7), who play in Wednesday’s Play-In game.
 
Earlier this season, Delaware handed then-No. 2 Penn State its first loss of the season by a margin of 2-0 at The Nook. The Blue Hens are 4-3 versus the Nittany Lions on neutral turf.
 
Duke, Michigan and North Carolina will serve as the other three host sites for the first and second round games. The winner of each site will advance to the NCAA Final Four Weekend on Nov. 17-19 at the University of Louisville’s Trager Stadium.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Maggie Hayon, Assistant Athletics Communications Director | mhayon@udel.edu | O: 302-831-6389 | C: 302-379-9182