RICHMOND, Va. – Success is nothing new for the University of Delaware field hockey program.

With five consecutive CAA Championships and the 2016 NCAA National Championship, the Blue Hens have plenty to celebrate.

That success is not limited to the field and a member of the field hockey program was honored for exactly that on Wednesday when Emmeline Oltmans earned the CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the CAA’s Academic Affairs Committee announced.

“Emmeline can look back on an amazing and very rewarding journey as a Blue Hen student-athlete and person. During her four years at UD, she has developed and grown in every aspect of her academics, her field hockey and in life,” head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof said. “Her coaches and teammates are very proud of her and want to congratulate Emmeline on her being named CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year!”

Athletically, Oltmans was a four-year starter in goal, finishing her career with 63 wins, while ranking in the Top-10 in five statistical categories in program history. She was a two-time First Team All-CAA honoree and played an enormous role in Delaware’s remarkable run to the 2016 National Championship.

This past year, she posted a 15-5 overall record in net and helped UD capture its fifth consecutive conference championship. In 20 games played, she was ninth in goals against average (1.28) and goalie win-loss percentage (.737) among all Division I players.

Off the field, the Netherlands native earned four consecutive CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll accolades, along with back-to-back CoSIDA Academic All-American nominations. This past summer, Oltmans was a research fellow alongside Darcy Reisman, associate professor of physical therapy, where she helped conduct research on patients recovering from a stroke.

She has compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.78 in Biological Sciences during her time at Delaware.

“Down to earth, passionate about life and hockey, great teammate, enjoys helping others, strong academic and athletic performer and being a good person, are qualities describing Emmeline Oltmans. She was always there to help others to get better, was able to secure a good balance between studying, playing and enjoying her college experience,” van de Kerkhof added.

Oltmans is the fifth Blue Hen over the past seven years to be named CAA Scholar-Athlete of the year, joining Ben Sampson (2017 – men’s soccer), Lindsay Prettyman (2014 – Track/Cross Country), Elena Delle Donne (2012, 2013 – Women’s Basketball).