NEWARK, Del. – Delaware remained perfect in conference play Friday evening with a huge 3-1 victory against No. 18 William & Mary at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.
With the win, the Hens improve to 11-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play while the Tribe fall to 11-5 on the year and 3-1 in the CAA.
Junior Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekplatz) put Delaware on board first with her 17th goal of the season in the seventh minute with assists coming from freshman Lotte de Koning (Vreeland, The Netherlands/RSG Broklede) and senior Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin).
Senior Lauren Crudele (at left; Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace) registered her second straight game with a goal in the 18th minute while junior MaryCate Butler (Collegeville, Pa./Villa Maria) captured her first career goal in the 53rd minute.
Senior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) collected three saves for Delaware while sophomore Sarah Horgan (Centreville, Va./Westfield) picked up a defensive save.
Estelle Hughes logged the lone goal of the evening for William & Mary. Morgan Connor notchd three saves in the cage while Erin Menges and Cassidy Goodwin each recorded a defensive save.
“We were excited to play under the lights tonight and with our families coming in from all across the world for Homecoming. This is an important game because the winner comes out in sole possession of first place in the CAA. If we play the way we are capable of, we can claim home field advantage for the CAA Tournament, which is huge.”
Junior defender MaryCate Butler
“William & Mary is an extremely tough and competitive opponent and this definitely helps build our confidence as the regular season winds down. They’re a very physical team, but we kept our cool and stuck to the game plan.”
    ·    The Blue Hens honored their “Most Valuable Professors” prior to the game as part of their annual Academic Thanksgiving.
    ·    Greta Nauck tallied her 13th career game-winning goal, a mark good to tie for second all-time alongside Lauren Baugher (1992-95).
    ·    Delaware outshot William & Mary, 17-8.
    ·    Sunday, October 22 – Towson at No. 11 Delaware – Noon – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.) – SENIOR DAY
    ·    Friday, October 27 – No. 11 Delaware at Hofstra – 3 p.m. – Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium (Hempstead, N.Y.)
    ·    Sunday, October 29 – No. 11 Delaware at Northeastern – 2 p.m. – Dedham Field (Dedham, Mass.)
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