Women’s lacrosse sophomore Erin Wein has had an incredible impact on the University of Delaware’s defensive play since she joined the team in 2013.  Now she is second overall in the Colonial Athletic Association with 1.87 caused turnovers per game and leads UD with 31 groundballs and caused turnovers.  She has made a major impact on the Delaware team, which is currently ranked 23rd overall in NCAA Division 1 scoring defenses.

But Erin Wein almost wasn’t a Blue Hen.

“Delaware wasn't even on my list of schools I was interested in, but when I got an e-mail from them I went on a visit,” said Wein, who hails from Middletown, Md. (Middletown HS).

That email came after head coach Kateri Linville saw her play, but even that almost didn’t happen. 

Linville was at a recruiting event when she saw Wein for the first time, but she was three fields away. 

“I looked over and saw this blonde ponytail sprinting coast to coast.  I left the game I was watching immediately to go see her,” said Linville.

After Wein visited, the rest was history. 

“It was the first school I visited and I knew I couldn't see myself anywhere else,” she said.

Now Wein and the Blue Hens are preparing for the CAA Championships in Williamsburg, Va.  They begin tournament play on May 2at 7:30 p.m. against James Madison University.

“We want to make a statement,” said Wein.  “We're going in as the underdog, seeing that we haven't made it to CAAs in a long time, and winning as the underdog would make the experience that much better.”

Making a statement is something Linville spoke of as well. 

“JMU beat us on a last minute shot which I think burns a fire in your belly,” she said.  “The team is excited to have the opportunity to see them again.  I think we still have our best game ahead of us.”

“We are underestimated and I wouldn't want it any other way,” said Wein. “We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Wein’s efforts this season are a major reason Delaware heads to CAA tournament play for the first time since 2009. 

“My goals for the season were to just work on the little things that could make me a better player,” she said. “The biggest thing I wanted out of this season was consistency. Not just having a good game here or there but I wanted to make an impact every game to help my team win.”

“Erin continues to be one of the most improved players because she is relentless,” said Linville. “She just keeps getting better and that's one of the best things about working with her.”

Linville continued, “She recognizes where to take risks and where to play carefully.  Erin is a game-changing defender and a key player in our transition offense.  I think that will help us in post-season play.”

The team will take the tournament one game at a time, but Wein has her eyes on a CAA title before graduation and hopes to continue to compete in tournament play.

“With my remaining years here a main goal of mine would be to make it to CAAs for the rest of my career,” she said. “I would love to leave here with a CAA championship.”

Most importantly, Wein wants to continue to play her best for the better of the team, and ultimately the school as a whole.

“Being part of a team at the University of Delaware really made my experience here like nothing else,” said Wein. “You come into college with a group of girls that you spend almost every day with, and you're all working for the same goal, to win, compete, and to most importantly to make your school proud. I'm honored to be part of this team; being part of this program is something most people at the university can't say. It's an experience I wouldn't change for anything.”

Piece written by Mandie Plowman, UD Athletics Media Relations Student Intern