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Toni Popinko (3) scored just four minutes into the game to lead the Blue Hens to victory
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Delaware Field Hockey Scores Three Times in First Half, Holds on for 3-2 Win over Columbia to Claim Win No. 10

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 10/20/2013
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NEW YORK  --  The University of Delaware reached the 10-win mark for the first time since 2009 Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens scored three goals in the first half and held on for a 3-2 non-league field hockey victory over host Columbia at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.

The Blue Hens (10-4), playing for the first time in a week, won for the fourth time in the last five games as Toni Popinko, Kasey Prettyman, and Meghan Winsett all tallied first-half goals to lead the Delaware attack.

Delaware has now reached the 10-win mark for the first time in three seasons under head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof and for the first time since the 2009 season when the Hens went 14-6 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

“We had an interesting weekend in New York City full of excitement,” said van de Kerkhof. “Yesterday we enjoyed the city as a players group and staff visiting Ground Zero and Times Square. Today our game performance lacked some consistency and discipline but we were fortunate enough to secure the win. Give credit to Columbia for coming out ready to play and doing so with a lot of energy. They reminded us that we have to pick up in those areas as we prepare to strengthen our No. 1 standing in the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) next weekend.”

Columbia lost for the second time in the last three games and fell to 6-8 on the year despite goals from Christina Freibott and Lauren Skudalski.

Delaware wasted little time, going up 1-0 on a goal just 3:29 into the match by Popinko off a feed from Michaela Patzner. Columbia came back just five minutes later to tie the score at 1-1 on a goal by Freibott, but the Hens answered with two goals before halftime to take the 3-1 lead into the break. Prettyman scored for Delaware at the 21:31 mark and Winsett put UD up 3-1 on a goal with 4:02 left in the opening half.

Hen Scratchings:
• Winesett is tied for second on the team in goals with six on the season while Prettyman and Popinko each tallied their third goals of the season
• Delaware goalkeeper Sarah Scher recorded five saves to win her 10th game of the season
•  The Blue Hens have now won 10 or more games for the 27th time in 43 seasons
•  Delaware returns to action and heads back to New York Oct. 25 when the Hens continue CAA action at Hofstra

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