Delaware (1-1) vs. #17/17 Navy (0-2)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 Delaware Stadium Newark, Del. 3 p.m.

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GAME PREVIEW
Welcome to Delaware Stadium and Game #2 of today’s non-league doubleheader as the Blue Hens (1-1) take on No. 17 ranked Navy (0-2).

Delaware (1-1), which dropped a tough 14-13 decision to Bucknell in its season opener here at Delaware Stadium on Feb. 4, returns to action today looking to continue the momentum built from last Saturday’s 18-5 romp at Mt. St. Mary’s.

The Blue Hens led 6-3 at halftime but exploded for nine goals on just 15 shots in the third quarter to take control and post their most one-sided victory in five years.

Blue Hen senior Trupert Ortlieb exploded for a career-high six goals to lead the assault while Andrew Romagnoli scored four times and Charlie Kitchen found the net three times. GK Parker Ferrigan made eight saves and Jake Hervada and Sam Walsh combined to win 17 of 24 faceoffs for the contest.

The Hens scored their highest goal total since an 18-6 win over Holy Cross last March 3 and had their most one-sided win since a 19-6 victory over Detroit in the 2012 season opener.

No. 17 ranked Navy (0-2) enters today’s game still looking for its first win of the season after hard-fought setbacks of 15-8 to No. 8 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 7 and 15-12 to No. 2 Maryland last Saturday. Jack Ray and Colin Flounlacker each scored twice with Ryan Wade dishing out four assists.

In the setback to the Terrapins, the Mids trailed just 6-5 at the break but could not finish off the upset. Wade scored four times and dished out three assists.

SERIES INFORMATION
Navy leads series by 16-2 margin with two straight wins
First game was played in 1977
UD wins were 13-7 (at UD) in 1996 and 11-8 (at UD) in 1999
Navy won 5-1 last year in Annapolis in a defensive struggle
Mids used three fourth-quarter goals to break away from a 2-1 lead in the third quarter.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
Delaware swept the weekly Colonial Athletic Association awards last week as Romagnoli was selected Player of the Week and Kitchen was named CAA Rookie of the Week
Romagnoli collected eight goals and three assists for the week while Kitchen tallied seven goals and four assists in the two contests
Ortlieb scored six goals in the win over Mt. St. Mary’s after netting just five goals in 14 career games entering the contest
Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, who earlier this month announced that he would retire following this season after 39 years at the helm at UD and 42 years overall as a head coach, coached his 600th career game at Delaware vs. Mt. St. Mary’s
Delaware’s 32 goals in the first two games are the most since 2011 when the Hens netted 32 in victories over Detroit (13-5) and Presbyterian (19-4)
Hens are looking to reach double figures in goals in the first three games of the season since 2008
Kitchen, who became the first player in UD history to score four goals in his collegiate debut, has now notched hat tricks in his first two career games, becoming the first player in Shillinglaw’s 39-year tenure to accomplish that feat
Delaware entered the 2017 season needing just four victories to reach 500 wins in school history (now 497-448-3 since 1948)
Blue Hens have defeated two straight ranked teams, having knocked off No. 19 UMass 9-7 last Apr. 2 and No. 7 Towson 10-7 last Apr. 16

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