NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware field hockey team opens its Colonial Athletic Association schedule this weekend with two more games against ranked opponents, as the Blue Hens will travel to 19th-ranked William & Mary Friday at 7 p.m. and to eighth-ranked Old Dominion Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Blue Hens, who enter Friday’s game with a 4-7 overall record, are coming off a split of two games last weekend in North Carolina. Delaware posted a 2-1 win over Appalachian State last Saturday behind goals from Clare O’Malley (at right) and Hannah Pepper, before falling at No. 14 Wake Forest, 3-0, on Sunday.
Freshman Michaela Patzner continues to lead the Blue Hens with five goals and 11 points, while Kelsey McKee ranks second on the squad with four goals and 10 points. Nikki Onorato and Kasey Prettyman have each contributed eight points on the year, while Toni Popinko has handed out a team-best three assists.
William & Mary carries an 8-2 overall record into Friday’s contest, and the Tribe split two league matches last weekend with a 3-2 loss at No. 8 Northeastern and a 1-0 shutout of Hofstra. Christine Johnson leads William & Mary with six goals and 15 points, while Emma Clifton and Allison Moran have each contributed four goals and three assists.
Old Dominion is 6-3 on the season and 2-0 in the league after posting a 7-2 win over Hofstra and a 2-1 triumph at Northeastern last weekend. Sarah Breen is pacing the Monarchs with five goals and four assists for 14 points, while Rosario Villagra is adding four goals and three assists for 11 points.
Delaware and William & Mary have split 14 all-time meetings, while the Blue Hens have taken five of the last six matchups including a 3-1 victory last season in Newark. The Monarchs are 10-2-1 against Delaware, and have captured six of the last seven meetings.
Through Sunday’s game against the Monarchs, eight of the Blue Hens’ 13 opponents will have been ranked at the time of the game. The Old Dominion contest concludes a six-game road stretch for the Blue Hens, who return home on Friday, October 5 to host Northeastern at 7 p.m. at Rullo Stadium.