NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware field hockey program has announced its 2012 spring scrimmage schedule.

The Blue Hens, led by second year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof (at right), will host three competition days at Rullo Stadium on March 17 vs. La Salle at 11 a.m.; April 14 vs. Drexel, Lafayette, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Towson, and Villanova at 9:30 a.m.; and April 15 vs. the Alumni at 11 a.m.

Two road competitions will be held on April 7 at Rutgers with Rider and Rutgers at 11 a.m. and on April 21at Hofstra with Yale, Drexel, Quinnipiac, Rider, and Hofstra at 9:30 a.m.

“As a program, we are excited to be getting started with our spring hockey,” said van de Kerkhof. “At this time the players and coaching staff have worked together for about a year and expectations and opportunities for our program are now clear to all as we take the next step. Although this spring we have a small roster and are somewhat young as a group, as a program we have excellent opportunities to start working together and making progress for the 2012 season.”

Another spring highlight for the program is the return of the Alumni Game & Social. Blue Hen field hockey invites all alumni to be part of the 2011 Season Team Banquet followed by an Alumni Social on April 14 and prepare to take the field and face the current players followed by a tailgate on April 15.

For more information on the Alumni Game & Social please contact UD assistant coach Chelsea Cipriani at cipriani@udel.edu.

The Blue Hen field hockey squad also will host several events in which middle and high school players are invited to develop their hockey skills and have hockey fun while practicing and playing together.

The following events are being offered:
• Hockey Fun Play Day - April 29
• Friday Nights Under The Lights - April 27, May 4, May 11 FULL

For more information visit www.bluehens.com/teams/field-hockey.

2012 Delaware Field Hockey Spring Schedule
March 17 – Delaware vs. LaSalle @ University of Delaware (11:00am)
April 7 – Delaware vs. Rider and Rutgers @ Rutgers University (11:00am)
April 14 – Delaware vs. Drexel, Lafayette, LaSalle, St. Josephs, Towson, and Villanova @ University of Delaware (9:30am)
April 15 – Former Blue Hens vs. current Blue Hens @ University of Delaware (11:00am)
April 21 – Delaware vs. Yale, Drexel, Quinnipiac, and Rider @ Hofstra University (9:30am)