NEWARK, Del. – Another newcomer made her mark Sunday afternoon for the University of Delaware field hockey team as redshirt freshman Maddie O’Beirne (Vienna, Va.) posted her first career goal in the Blue Hens’ 2-1 victory over Lafayette (1-2) at Rullo Stadium.

In the 10th minute, O’Beirne put the ball at the back of the goal from 10 yards out to give the Hens (3-1) a 1-0 lead.  Sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) picked up her second assist of the season as she fed the ball the O’Beirne from the top of the circle.

Just five minutes later, Lafayette’s Kelsey Mead tipped in the ball off of a penalty corner to tie the game at 1-1.

Sophomore Allie Mikelson (Macungie, Pa.) recorded the game-winning goal for UD in the 47th minute off of a rebound shot in close to the net.

Delaware senior Sarah Scher (Pocomoke City, Md.) and Lafayette’s Jessica Deutsch each registered three saves on the day.


Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof – “It’s great that everything our team has done since the spring is adding up into a 3-1 record.  I’m really happy with where we are at right now, but we need to take things one game at a time.  Today’s game was a dogfight and it took us all the way until the end to secure the win.  Now we just have to learn from both the good and bad things that were exposed to get better.”

Van de Kerkhof on Maddie O’Beirne:  “Maddie has been an awesome player.  Last year as a redshirt, she knew her role and worked really hard.  She has been very eager to learn and is like a sponge. 

Redshirt Freshman Maddie O’Beirne – “I was in the circle when Ela [Michaela Patzner] passed me the ball and I was ready.  I never scored a goal before, so I thought, hey, why not do it today?  It feels amazing to be 3-1 because our team is working so hard every single day.  We need to play like champions so we can be champions.”


·      Dating to last season, Patzner has scored at least one point in the last six games.

·      Patzner snapped a career-best four straight goal streak.

·      O’Beirne has collected at least one point in two straight games.

·      Delaware is 76-60 all-time at Rullo Stadium, including two straight.

·      UD is now 16-11-2 over Lafayette all-time, including three straight victories.

·      Former Delaware assistant coach Laree Beans (2011-12) is in her first season at Lafayette in the same capacity.


·      Friday, Sept. 13 – Temple at Delaware, 7 p.m., Rullo Stadium

·      Sunday, Sept. 15 – Michigan State at Delaware, Noon, Rullo Stadium

·      Friday, Sept. 20 – Delaware at No. 6 Penn State, 5 p.m., Penn State Field Hockey Complex (University Park, Pa.)