#19 Hens Aim For First CAA Regular Season Championship; Travel to Drexel Friday and Wrap Up Season at Home Sunday Against Villanova
NEWARK, Del. – The #19 University of Delaware field hockey team wraps up the regular season this weekend with the goals of clinching the Colonial Athletic Association Friday at Drexel before hosting Villanova Sunday for senior day.
It will be a battle for first place in the CAA Friday as the Blue Hens (12-4; 5-0 CAA) travel to Drexel (12-5; 3-1 CAA). With a Hens win, they will capture the regular season title outright and will host the league championships in Newark next weekend. If the Dragons win, they would need to defeat Towson on Sunday as well to take the regular season crown and have a shot at hosting the finals.
ACADEMIC ADVISORS THANKSGIVING
In addition to Senior Day, the Delaware field hockey program will celebrate all of the team’s academic advisors on Sunday. The Blue Hens are excited to share its appreciation to all of the academic advisors whom provide guidance and support to the UD field hockey student-athletes.
Live stats for both of this weekend’s games will be available via www.BlueHens.com.
Live video will be available for both contests this weekend. Friday’s game at Drexel can be viewed via www.DrexelDragons.com while Sunday’s regular season finale against Villanova will be broadcast at www.BlueHens.com.
· Freshman Esmée Peet earned CAA Player and Rookie of the Week honors in addition to being named the Corvias ECAC Player of the Week.
· With two points against Northeastern last Sunday, Peet tied the UD single-season record for a freshman with 24 points.
· Senior Heather Hartman was one of 38 selected to participate in the Front Row/NFHCA Division I Senior Game.
· Hartman leads the Hens with 14 career assists, a mark that ties for 18th all-time in UD history with Missy Meharg (1981-84).
· The Blue Hens regained status in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll with a #19 ranking Tuesday.
· Sophomore Michaela Patzner leads Delaware with 11 goals and five assists for 27 points. She is currently third in the CAA in both points and goals. The Rosenheim, Germany native is 34th in the NCAA with 1.69 points per game and 36th with 0.69 goals per contest.
· Patzner now has 18 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 17.
· Two freshmen (Meghan Winesett, Esmée Peet) have collected at least 18 points this season.
· Dating to last season, senior goalie Sarah Scher has started 21 straight games for Delaware. She has played all 1123:05 minutes for the Blue Hens this season and has collected 69 saves with 24 goals allowed. Scher is 13th in Delaware history with 156 career saves. Leslie Saylor (1989-90) is 12th all-time with 158 saves.
· Delaware has never won the CAA regular season title. The Blue Hens finished second in 2009 and third in 2004, but won the tournament championship both seasons.
· Delaware has never gone undefeated in the CAA; however, in 1998, the Blue Hens completed seven seasons from 1982-1990 with unbeaten records in the East Coast Conference.
· The last time Delaware won at least five games in CAA play came in 2004 when UD finished 5-2 and won the league.
· UD is currently first in the CAA in scoring margin (+1.56; 13th NCAA), scoring average (3.0513th; NCAA), shutouts (5; 15th NCAA), goals scored (49), goals scored per game (3.06; 15th NCAA), goals allowed (24), assists (37) and assists per game (2.31; 19th NCAA).
· The Blue Hens are 22-7 all-time against Drexel. The two teams split games last season, with the Dragons coming out victorious, 2-1, in the CAA Semifinals at Buckley Field. Delaware defeated DU, 4-2, earlier in the year, also at Buckley Field.
· Delaware has never lost a game to Villanova and is 3-0 over the Wildcats in the series history. The last time the two teams met was in 2011, when the Hens won, 5-0, in Newark.
The Dragons have won two straight and are 12-5 overall this season with a 3-1 mark in CAA play. Drexel has bounced in and out of the NFHCA weekly rankings after starting the season ranked #17. Most recently, the Dragons were ranked #20 on Oct. 15 before falling out of the poll. Junior Christina Conrad leads the team with 18 points and seven goals while senior Elise DiDonato is second with 17 points off seven assists and five goals. Junior Jantien Gunter is the team’s main goalkeeper, starting all 17 games and collecting 90 saves with a 1.39 goals allowed average.
The Wildcats are 3-12 on the year and have lost six straight contests. VU travels to Georgetown Saturday for a 3 p.m. game before heading to Newark for Sunday’s match. Junior Jessica Swoboda leads the team on 16 points on six assists and five goals while classmate Maddy Harding has posted a team-best six goals with three assists for 15 points.