Delaware (1-1, 0-0 CAA) at Rutgers (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, February 24, 2018
3 p.m. ET
High Point Solutions Stadium — Piscataway, N.J.
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     · The Blue Hens are coming off of a 16-13 victory over La Salle in Wednesday's home opener at Delaware Stadium.
     · Delaware
saw hat tricks from four different players while sophomores Sarah Bedard and Katie Caddigan each logged their first career goals in a Blue Hens uniform as the pair combined for seven goals. Bedard finished the game with three goals and an assist while Caddigan, a transfer from Louisville, posted four goals and four draw controls in her first-ever game at Delaware Stadium.
     · Senior captain Becky Gohsler tied a career-high with a game-best six draw controls versus the Explorers.
     · Six of nine Delaware players with points so far this season are sophomores.
     · This season marks the 41st overall in Delaware program history.  In the previous 40 seasons, the Blue Hens have tallied a composite record of 377-295 (.561) with 18 10-plus win campaigns.
     · A squad that went 9-8 overall and 4-2 in CAA play with a trip to the CAA Tournament last year, UD returns 19 letter winners and eight starters while adding 11 newcomers.
     · A youthful squad, the Hens feature just 11 juniors and seniors in 2017.
     · Delaware was predicted to finished fourth in the CAA Preseason Poll.
     · Seniors Taylor Carpentier and Becky Gohsler were picked as All-CAA Preseason selections.
     · A two-year starter between the pipes for the Hens, Carpentier was an All-CAA Second Team and CAA All-Tournament Team honoree in 2017. She led the CAA and finished sixth nationally with an 8.62 GAA and was also second in the conference with a 46.4 save percentage. Carpentier enters her senior campaign ranked second in the Blue Hens career record books with a 7.96 GAA and 10th with 238 saves.
     · An IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic Region Second Team selection a year ago, Gohsler also collected All-CAA First Team, CAA All-Tournament Team and UD Alumni Association Team MVP accolades in 2017. The midfielder led Delaware in eight statistical categories (points, goals, ground balls, draw controls, free position goals, shots, shots on goal and caused turnovers) and ranked 22nd nationally with 2.07 caused turnovers per game. Gohsler is fourth in program history with 105 career draw controls and the team’s active career leader with 80 points, 66 goals, 14 assists and 69 ground balls in 49 games played.
     · Kateri Linville, who is in her eighth season at her alma mater in 2017-18, welcomes Joe Tornetta and Callie Santos as assistant coaches for the year. 

     · Delaware has won three straight and leads the all-time series between the two programs, 17-11, dating to the 1978 season.
     · In the last matchup in Piscataway, Kara Dattellas and Jamie Schwartz each collected hat tricks as the Hens picked up the 13-9 win over the Scarlet Knights in 2016.
     · Last season, nearly three hours of weather delays didn't hinder the Blue Hens as UD received goals from seven different players and stormed past Rutgers for the 17-5 victory at Delaware Stadium. The Hens saw
four goals from Christine Long while Becky Gohsler netted her third straight hat trick with three goals, Sydney Rausa scored three times and Jamie Schwartz, Kirsten Hale and Coley Ricci each scored twice.