Second-year member with the Blue Hens after transferring from Michigan State • will continue to add depth to the Delaware midfield unit.
Played in all 20 games and started in 18 contests • registered a career-high with two goals and two assists on the season • scored his two goals in the first three games with scores against Sacred Heart and Iona • DiRienzo's goal against Sacred Heart prooved to be the game-winner • recorded his assists in Delaware's wins against Ions and St. Peter's • tallied a career-hihg 10 shots with his game-highs coming against Temple and Drexel • member of Blue Hen team that won the CAA regular season championship for the first time in program history.
Saw action in 16 games in first season for Hens and got the starting nod on five occasions • made four straight starts at mid-season and got the starting nod in the NCAA playoff game vs. St. John's • had four shots but did not score during the season • part of team that set a school record for wins in a season (14-5-1) and made its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three years for head coach Ian Hennessy.
AT MICHIGAN STATE
Did not see game action during the 2011 or 2012 seasons.
Four year soccer letterwinner • served as the team captain as a junior and senior at nearby Charter School of Wilmington • Delaware's State High School Player of the Year, earned NSCAA All-America honors, and was Delaware's Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a senior • earned All-Blue Hen Conference honors in each of his final three seasons • helped his high school team to a No. 1 ranking in the state as a senior and 12th overall in the nation • scored 31 goals and added 17 assists during his high school career • also played club soccer for Delaware United Blizzard, helping to Delaware State Cup Championships in 2009 and 2011 and a Disney Showcase Championship in 2010.
Nicholas John "Nick" DiRienzo ("dee-ree-enzo") • son of Nino and Chrys DiRienzo • born Sept. 30, 1992 • exercise science major at Delaware • mother is a special education teacher • has one older sister, Tara • mother and sister attended Delaware • aspires to become a physical therapist.
CAREER STATISTICS AT DELAWARE
CAREER HIGHS AT DELAWARE
Shots: 2 vs. Temple (9/24/14); vs. Drexel (10/29/14)
Assists: 1 vs. Iona (9/4/14); St. Peter's (9/14/14)
Goals: 1 vs. Sacred Heart (8/29/14); vs. Iona (9/4/14)