Delaware Looks to Remain Undefeated in CAA Play; Travel to New England to Face Hofstra and Northeastern This Weekend
NEWARK, Del. – Following two non-conference opponents, the University of Delaware field hockey team returns to Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend as the Blue Hens travel to Hofstra (Friday; 3 p.m.) and Northeastern (Sunday; 2 p.m.).
Delaware is currently 10-4 on the season and has won four of its last five contests. Additionally, the Blue Hens lead the CAA with an unblemished 3-0 mark.
Live stats for both of this weekend’s games will be available via www.BlueHens.com.
Live audio for Friday’s match at Hofstra will be available at www.GoHofstra.com.
Live video will be available for Sunday’s game at Northeastern via GoNUxstream.
· Freshman Meghan Winesett picked up her second CAA Rookie of the Week honor of the season this past week after scoring the first game-winning goal of her career against Columbia.
· With a 3-2 victory over Columbia, Delaware (10-4) has now won 10 or more games for the 27th time in 43 seasons.
· Sophomore Jacki Coveleski will see a familiar face Sunday at Northeastern as her sister, Kaci, is a starting back for the Huskies.
· The last time Delaware started CAA play 3-0 was 2009, when UD opened 4-0 en route to the CAA title.
· Dating to last season, senior goalie Sarah Scher has started 19 straight games for Delaware. She has played all 983:05 minutes for the Blue Hens this season and has collected 62 saves with 24 goals allowed. Scher is 13th in Delaware history with 149 career saves.
· Sophomore Michaela Patzner leads Delaware with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. She is currently third in the CAA in both points and goals. The Rosenheim, Germany native is 35th in the NCAA with 0.71 goals per contest.
· Patzner now has 17 career tallies, a mark good for second place on the active roster. Junior Kelsey McKee has posted 20 career goals while senior Kasey Prettyman is third with 16.
· Senior Heather Hartman leads the Hens with 14 career assists, a mark that ties for 18th all-time in UD history with Missy Meharg (1981-84).
· Two freshmen (Meghan Winesett, Esmée Peet) have collected at least 15 points this season.
· Delaware is currently first in the CAA in assists per game (2.21; 21st NCAA) and second in the CAA in scoring margin (+1.14; 24th NCAA), scoring average (2.85; 22nd NCAA), goals against average (1.71; 27th NCAA) and goals scored per game (2.86; 22nd NCAA).
· Delaware has a commanding 21-6 advantage over Hofstra in the all-time series. The Blue Hens won last year’s meeting, 2-1, at Rullo Stadium.
· Northeastern has won two straight against UD and holds a 17-5 lead over the Blue Hens all-time.
The Pride have lost four consecutive games and five of their last six to move to 5-11 overall and 1-1 in CAA play. Most recently, Hofstra dropped a 4-1 match to 12th ranked Albany. Junior Jonel Boileau leads the team with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points. She is second in points, goals and shots and third in assists in the CAA. Freshman Stella Schoen is also ranked in the CAA as she has tallied eight goals (fourth) and five assists (sixth) for 21 points (fourth). Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn De Turo has played all 1133 minutes in the Pride’s 16 games this season and has recorded a 3.27 goals against average with a .692 save percentage. She leads the league with 119 total saves.
The Huskies started the season 3-1 before dropping six straight and now sit at 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. Before taking on the Blue Hens Sunday, Northeastern travels to Towson for a 6 p.m. contest Friday. Freshman Emmy Zweserijn leads the Huskies with seven goals (fifth, CAA) with three assists for 17 points. Senior Lindsay Bennett is also a team leader on the field with six goals and three assists for 15 points. Freshman Becky Garner has started all 14 games for NU this season and has recorded 73 saves with a 2.19 goals allowed average.