RICHMOND, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association recognized the recent success of the No. 16 University of Delaware field hockey team as two Blue Hens garnered weekly honors in sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) and redshirt freshman Maddie O’Beirne (Vienna, Va.).

Patzner earned Co-Player of the Week honors with Hofstra’s Jonel Boileau while O’Beirne was tabbed the Rookie of the Week.

It marks the second consecutive week the Hens picked up CAA Rookie of the Week honors after freshman Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands) got the nod last week. 

Patzner posted a solid week for Delaware as she collected three goals over two games to help the Hens improve to 5-1 on the year.  In a 2-0 victory over No. 11 Temple, Patzner tallied the team’s first goal as UD defeated an opponent ranked 11th or higher for the first time since 2009.  The forward completed the week with two goals in Delaware’s 5-1 rout of Michigan State Sunday.  Patzner currently leads the team with seven goals and 16 points through six games played.

“ ‘Ela’ has all the tools to be a very dangerous forward and as she continues to become stronger, these qualities are being displayed more in recent games,” commented Delaware’s third-year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof.  “I am positive that this recognition will energize ‘Ela’ to further grow and become a player that we can look towards in case we need somebody to take care of business on the forward line.”

O’Beirne scored two goals over the weekend, both of which came in UD’s victory over the Spartans.  The forward ranks second on the team behind Patzner with three goals for seven points on the season.

“I am very excited for Maddie as she has been working extremely hard since her arrival last year, which has resulted in the talented player she is today,” Van de Kerkhof remarked.  “We redshirted her last year and although it was hard for her, it was probably the best decision for her hockey development.  Maddie is a great team player to coach as she constantly looks to improve and remains positive and patient.  We look forward to seeing her further develop and contribute to Blue Hen success.”

The honors are the first career for both Patzner and O’Beirne.

“Maddie and ‘Ela’ are part of a great group of forwards along with Jacki Coveleski, Toni Popinko, Kasey Prettyman and Meghan Winesett, that have done an outstanding job on the forward rotations together,” stated Van de Kerkhof.  “They all go out with the same mindset and will play quality minutes out there to put our team in the position to score and win games.  These awards are another confirmation that this year’s players group understands the importance of team play and team work.”

Delaware looks for its fifth straight victory this coming Friday with a 5 p.m. contest at No. 12 Penn State.  The Blue Hens then travel to Bucknell for a noon match Sunday.