NEWARK, Del. -- Northeastern University got two goals each from both Caroline Judge and Deirdre Duke on its way to a 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association field hockey victory over the University of Delaware Friday night at Rullo Stadium.
The No. 8 ranked Huskies improved to 10-2 (3-1 CAA) with their third straight victory while the Blue Hens fell to 4-10 (0-3 CAA) with their fourth straight setback.
The young Blue Hens have now faced nine Top 20 opponents this season for second-year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. Delaware returns to action Sunday when the Blue Hens host Hofstra at 12 noon at Rullo Stadium.
Northeastern jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes and pulled away from there, leading 3-0 at halftime and scoring two second half goals two minutes apart.
Judge scored twice in the first half while Duke scored two goals in the second stanza, uppering her season total to seven. Duke also dished out an assist and Lindsay Bennett added two assists. Crystal Poland opened the scoring just five minutes into the game with her team-high 19th goal of the season and later dished out an assist.
The Huskies outshot Delaware by a 21-8 margin but the penalty corner numbers were even at five apiece. Delaware goalkeeper Megane Simons collected 10 saves while Northeastern goalkeepers Lizzie Priest (two saves) and Tameka Geaslen teamed for the shutout victory.
Delaware's eight total shots were shared among Kelsey McKee (three), Allie Mikelson (at right: two), Toni Popinko, Michael Patzner, and Morgan Hudson.
The game featured five Cape Henlopen High School graduates, including a pair of sisters, and a large contingent of fans made the two-hour trip north from Lewes, Del. to cheer on both teams. Delaware’s Jacki Coveleski and Hannah Pepper and Northeastern’s Judge and Kaci Coveleski all saw action during the game. Delaware’s Rebecca Pepper, Hannah’s sister, did not see action due to an injury.