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Toni Popinko
Player Profile:
Toni Popinko 916398
Position: Forward
Year: Senior
Hometown: Oxford, N.J.
High School: Warren Hills
Major: Heath and Physical Education
Experience: 3 Letters

Saw action in 68 games with 25 starts through four years with the Blue Hens • finished career with 14 goals and 12 assists for a total of 40 points, a mark good to tie for 22nd in school history.

Played all 22 games in a year in which the Blue Hens collected a program-record 17 victories in addition to earning both the CAA regular season and tournament championships en route to the fifth NCAA Tournament berth in school history • tallied a career-best seven goals and 18 points • started nine games • tied a career-high with two goals against Towson on Oct. 11 • scored one goal in team’s NCAA Tournament loss at North Carolina on Nov. 16.

Posted a career-season as a junior • finished year with three goals and six assists for 12 points • appeared in 19 games while starting 11 for the Blue Hens • led Delaware with 40 shots and was second with 22 shots on goal • also second for UD in assists and third on the team in points • tallied a career-best five points in addition to two goals at Towson on Oct. 21 • recorded a career-high seven shots vs. Saint Joseph’s on Sept. 5 • added first goal of season against the Hawks • started first game of season and dished out an assist to Nikki Onorato in loss to #14 Boston Univ. on Aug. 24.

Appeared in 16 games that included five starts during her sophomore season • led team to Colonial Athletic Association Tournament berth for first-year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof • tied for fifth on the UD squad with four goals and fifth on the team with 10 points • fifth on the team with 20 shots • scored first collegiate goal on Aug. 26 vs. Bryant in 7-1 victory • added goals vs. Villanova, Appalachian State, and VCU • had an assist in a 5-0 victory over Villanova on Sept. 4 and vs. Temple on Sept. 16.

Appeared in 11 games during her freshman campaign to earn first letter • registered two shots during the year • team went 8-10 under head coach Carol Miller.

Four-year starter and letterwinner for head coach Laurie Kerr at Warren Hills High School • led Warren Hills to a 21-3-1 record, the best record in school history • team was the Skyland Conference Delaware West Champion, Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Champions, North II Group II Sectional Champions, and Group III New Jersey State runners-up in 2009 • team rankings voted the Star Ledger: No. 8 in New Jersey, No. 1 in West Jersey, and No. 2 in New Jersey Group III • scored 39 goals and 39 assists for 117 points in her four-year career • team went 68-19-2 over her career • two-time All-Skyland Conference and All-Area Express-Times selection • named Express-Times and Star Ledger West Jersey Player of the Year as a senior • All-State Group III honoree • named team MVP in 2008-09 • named Futures Elite Athlete in Futures program • played for Jersey Intensity club team which won two gold medals at Festival and two more at indoor nationals.

Toni Lynn Popinko ("puh-pinko") • daughter of James and Sylvia Popinko • born March 19, 1992 • health and physical education major at Delaware • aspires to become a coach at the college level • serves as a coach for summer camps • has two younger sisters, Tori and Tali.


Year GP/GS Goals Assists Points Shots SOG GW PS-Att.
  2010  11/0  0  0  0  2  2  0  0-0
  2011  16/5  4  2
 10  20  11  1  0-0
  2012  19/11  3  6
 12  40  22  0  0-0
  2013  22/9  7
 18  21  15  0  0-0
 TOTAL  68/25  14  12
 40  83  50  1  0-0

Points: 5 at Towson (10/21/12)
Goals: 2 – 2x, last vs. Towson (10/11/13)
Assists: 1 – 12x, last vs. William & Mary (CAA Tournament; 11/8/13)
Shots: 7 vs. Saint Joseph’s (9/5/12)
SOG: 4 – 3x, last at Monmouth (9/29/13)


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