Entering the weekend, Delaware (5-4, 2-0) sits tied with Hofstra atop the CAA standings while UNCW (6-4-1, 1-1) is in a three-way tie for fifth place and Georgia State (3-5-1, 0-2) is in a three-way tie for last in the conference.
“We are very excited to head south this weekend,” Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda said about Delaware’s longest road trip of the season. “We’re doing a lot of traveling so we need to maintain that focus and come prepared to play for 90 minutes.”
Riding back-to-back, game-winning goals against CAA competition, Delaware senior forward Ali Miller is the conference’s reigning Co-Player of the Week and lead the Blue Hens with three goals on the season. Junior goalkeeper, Jess Levy, has three shutouts on the season and boasts a 0.85 GAA in seven games. Senior forward Anna Lenczyk is the only other Blue Hen with two goals.
The Blue Hens are 2-3-2 against Georgia State after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Panthers a year ago while UD owns a 6-5 record against UNCW with a 4-0 victory last season.
“Georgia State and UNCW are two quality opponents and we will need to be at the top of our game to get the results we strive for,” Grzenda added. “I have talked to the girls about being focused all week and taking one game at a time will be key for us to have a successful trip.”
Georgia State is led by first-year head coach Derek Leader, the Panthers have 13 letterwinners and eight starters from a team that posted a 7-12-1 record a year ago. The Panthers are riding a two-game losing streak after a 5-0 loss to Hofstra and 1-0 defeat to Northeastern. GSU sophomore forward Whitney Raven has three goals and two assists while junior forward Jewel Evans and junior defenseman Alyssia Feronti are the other two Panthers players with at least one goal and one assist on the season.
Led by 16-year head coach, Paul Cairney, UNCW, returns 16 letterwinners and 11 starters from a squad that 3-15 in 2011. Preseason All-CAA selection, Seahawks senior forward Stephanie Rose, leads UNCW with 19 points on the season (six goals and seven assists). Senior midfielder Kim Currie, freshman defenseman Morgan Leybie and junior midfielder Kim Costa rank tied for second on the team with three goals apiece.
Following the CAA road-trip weekend, the Blue Hens will continue their CAA schedule by traveling to Hofstra University on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Delaware will return to Delaware Mini Stadium on Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. as the Blue Hens square off against Northeastern University.