MANHEIM, Pa. – The Blue Hens came out strong and held the intensity for the entire 70 minutes Sunday afternoon as No. 6 Delaware shutout previously undefeated No. 2 Penn State, 2-0, at The Nook.
With the win, UD improves to 6-1 on the year while the Nittany Lions fall to 7-1 overall.
Senior goalie Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) came through in the clutch as the Hens held a No. 1 or No. 2 ranked opponent scoreless for the first time in program history. Oltmans finished the game with eight saves, including a crucial stop of Madison Morano’s penalty stroke in the 52nd minute.
Junior Lisa Giezeman (at left; Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartenscollege) notched the first goal of the game in the sixth minute as she collected the pass from classmate Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltkeplatz).
Fellow junior Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands/RSG Pantarijn) registered the second and final goal of the contest in the 46th minute. Senior Taylor Lister (below right; Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) assisted on the play, which was set up by a penalty corner.
“Wow, what a game for the field hockey fans to enjoy! Two great teams, tons of actions, many momentum changes and a true battle to lock up this Delaware victory. A big compliment to our players group and their commitment to preparation the entire week for this game. They improved every day in practice and continued today where they left off yesterday. This is our team’s best overall performance and hopefully they are aware and understand that when they want it they can compete for it!! After every game the team usually votes for a Blue Hen Warrior (one player with an outstanding and difference making performance), but today it was very clear the TEAM is the Blue Hen Warrior. We will enjoy this signature win until midnight and will return tomorrow to get ready for our next team moment.”
Senior co-captain Kayla Devlin
“Today was a true team effort. I think across the board, we all gave our max effort consistently. Everyone really showed up ready to play and we really connected as a team. We fought hard from the first whistle to the last. Emmeline really played a good game. It’s nice to have the confidence behind you in the cage to know she has the final lock on the door and know our defense is secure.”
Senior co-captain Emmeline Oltmans
“We got off to a great start, but so did Penn State. It was a great game against two strong teams. I started off nervous, but focused and that’s always a good sign for me. We had great preparation this week and that proves that if you put everything you’ve got into it, we can beat the best.”
     ·     Sunday’s shutout was just the second-ever against a Top-4 opponent. Delaware previously shutout No. 3 Penn State, 2-0, in 1987.
     ·     The Blue Hens snapped a five-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions and are 4-3 against PSU on neutral turf.
     ·     Penn State outshot Delaware, 17-11, and held the 7-5 advantage in penalty corners.
     ·     Kiki Bink, Lotte de Koning and Lisa Giezeman all notched defensive saves.
     ·     With one assist, Greta Nauck moved into a tie for fourth in program history alongside former teammate Esmée Peet (2013-16) with 120 career points.
     ·     Friday, September 22 – No. 21 Albany at No. 6 Delaware – 6 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·     Sunday, September 24 – No. 1 Connecticut at No. 6 Delaware – 12 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·     Friday, September 29 – Delaware at Drexel * – 7 p.m. – Vidas Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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