UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University of Delaware field hockey team was shutout for the first time this season as the #12 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-3) defeated the #16 Blue Hens, 5-0, at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex.

Delaware (5-2), which had previously won four straight games, gave up a season-high five goals, including two from Taylor Herold.

Freshman Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands) collected the Hens’ lone shot of the day off of a penalty corner in the seventh minute.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof – “If you want to become one of the best, then you have to play the best.  Today, we played one of the best and most respected programs in Division I Field Hockey and they showed us where we further have to improve.  As a program, we are heading in the right direction and will utilize today’s game experience to further prepare for our next game and eventually CAA action.”

·      Delaware snapped a four-game winning streak, the longest streak since 2009.
·      Prior to tonight’s game, the Hens gave up seven total goals in six games.  No team had previously scored more than two in a single game against Delaware.
·      Delaware averaged 3.2 goals per game prior to tonight.
·      Penn State has now won five straight games over the Hens and holds a 15-5-2 all-time advantage over Delaware.
·      Sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) snapped a point-scoring streak as she previously posted at least one point in Delaware’s last eight games, dating to last season.
·      For just the second time this season, Patzner did not score a goal.
·      Senior goalie Sarah Scher (Pocomoke City, Md.) collected 11 saves while allowing five goals against Penn State in all 70 minutes of play.  She recorded her 12th consecutive start for the Hens (dating to last year).
·      The #16 Blue Hens received their first appearance in the NFHCA National Coaches Poll this past week for the first time since 2009 when they ranked as high as 11th.
·      Sunday, Sept. 22 – Delaware at Bucknell, Noon, Graham Field (Lewisburg, Pa.)
·      Sunday, Sept. 29 – Delaware at Monmouth, 1 p.m., “So Sweet A Cat” Field (West Long Branch, N.J)
·      Friday, Oct. 4 – William & Mary at Delaware, 7 p.m., Rullo Stadium