NEWARK, Del. – In a pre-game ceremony Sunday against Villanova University, the #19 University of Delaware field hockey squad put the spotlight on its five seniors and honored them for their dedication and commitment to the Blue Hens.  During the game, all five starred in the 6-1 victory over the Wildcats at Rullo Stadium.

With the win, Delaware finishes the regular season with a 14-4 overall mark while going 6-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play.  Villanova wraps up the season with a 4-13 record.

Kasey Prettyman (Newark, Del.) led off the game with a tip-in goal in the 14th minute.  Just 15 seconds later, sophomore Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany) added the second goal of the game.

Less than a minute until halftime, senior Clare O’Malley (Summit, N.J.) picked up her fourth goal of the season to give the Hens a 3-1 advantage at the break.

Prettyman tallied her second goal of the game to start the second frame to give Delaware a 4-1 lead.

Classmate Toni Popinko (at right; Oxford, N.J.) put UD ahead, 5-1, in the 43rd minute off a penalty corner and was assisted by fellow senior Heather Hartman (Fredericksburg, Va.) and freshman Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va.).

Sophomore Allie Mikelson (Macungie, Pa.) finished the scoring in the 51st minute to give Delaware the 6-1 win.

Senior Sarah Scher (at left; Pocomoke City, Md.) collected three saves for the Blue Hens in the victory.

Alex Diekmann tallied six saves for the Wildcats.

Delaware will host the CAA Field Hockey Championships this coming Friday and Sunday.  General Admission is $7 and Youth (18 and under) is $5.  All participating institution’s students are admitted free of charge with a valid student ID.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof – “It’s always nice to send your seniors out with a win.  We are fortunate that our seniors are coming back for at least one more game at Rullo Stadium.  It’s not their last game here and what we’re using this game for as well was to prepare for the upcoming CAA Tournament.  We had some different strategies that we wanted to execute and we did pretty well with them.  We can look back as a team on a great regular season, going 14-4 and winning the CAA.  Things are going well and that’s because we are playing as a team.”

Senior goalie and tri-captain Sarah Scher – “Coming off of Friday, we all had a lot of energy and we really took it right into practice yesterday.  We had a little bit of a slow start today, but we always say it’s not where you start, it’s where you end.  We will learn from today and just keep on moving every day in practice this week.  We’ll have a lot of energy and momentum because we get to host the championships.  It’s a real honor to have everybody come to Rullo Stadium next weekend and everybody is really excited to host.”

     ·  UD has now reached the 14-win mark for the just the 11th time in 43 seasons of play.
     ·  Delaware has outscored the last four opponents, 19-1.
     ·  UD has scored six goals twice this season.
     ·  The Blue Hens are now 4-0 over Villanova all-time.
     ·  Delaware outshot Villanova, 24-5, and also held a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners.
     ·  With a goal against the Wildcats, sophomore Michaela Patzner has taken over the lead for active career goals.  Patzner has posted 21 goals while junior Kelsey McKee and senior Kasey Prettyman each have 20 career goals.  Patzner and McKee each have 49 career points while Prettyman has collected 45.
     ·  Dating to last season, senior goalie Sarah Scher has started 23 straight games for Delaware.  She has played all 1263:05 minutes for the Blue Hens this season and has collected 79 saves with 25 goals allowed.  Scher is 12th in Delaware history with 166 career saves.  Caroline Maloney is 11th all-time with 167 saves.
     ·  Friday, Nov. 8 – CAA Semifinals – #4 William & Mary at #1 Delaware – 4 p.m. – Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·  Friday, Nov. 8 – CAA Semifinals - #2 Drexel vs. #3 Northeastern – 7 p.m. – Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·  Sunday, Nov. 10 – CAA Finals – TBA – 1 p.m. – Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
     ·  NCAA Tournament – TBA