LOUISVILLE, KY. -- The No. 3 ranked University of Delaware field hockey team saw its 20-game unbeaten streak snapped Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens fell to the 9th-ranked Louisville Cardinals 3-1 at Trager Stadium.

The Blue Hens (1-1) who opened the season with a 7-0 win over Indiana on the same field on Saturday, fell behind early 1-0 after a Louisville goal 16 minutes into the contest.

In the 27th minute, Delaware's Kayla Devlin tallied the lone goal for the defending national champions, tying the score at 1-1.  

Just seven minutes later, the Cardinals (2-0) took the lead for good when Minout Mink scored her first of two goals on the afternoon. Mink added her second goal of the match in the 51st minute to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.

The loss is Delaware’s first in nearly a year, as the Blue Hens last fell at Princeton on Sept. 11, 2016. The Blue Hens and Cardinals met in the NCAA Tournament a season ago with Delaware taking the match 1-0.

Head coach
Rolf van de Kerkhof
“Our compliments to Louisville, they came out strong and fast. As well as we played yesterday, we struggled at times today and never really found our groove. We played against ourselves and that is a lesson learned that we need to apply to the next game. This (two games in Louisville) was a good experience and we look forward to bouncing back vs. Dartmouth next week for our home opener on the new turf at Rullo Stadium."


· CAA Preseason Player of the Year, 2016 Honda Field Hockey Award winner, and the 2016 national scoring leader, Greta Nauck, failed to record a point for the first time since last Nov. 12 against Louisville.
Emmeline Oltmans recorded five saves in goal for Delaware
The Blue Hens outscored their opponents 82-25 over the program’s 20-game unbeaten streak.  
Delaware scored a goal for the 51st consecutive contest.
• Delaware will unveil its 2016 national championship banner at the Dartmouth game Sept. 1.


· Friday, Sept.1 – Dartmouth at No. 3 Delaware – 7 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)   
Sunday, Sept.  3 – No. 8 Princeton at No. 3 Delaware – 2 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.) – 1:30 p.m.

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