#3/1 Rutgers (8-0) at #rv Delaware (6-3)
Saturday, March 25, 2017 • Delaware Stadium • Newark, Del.  • 1 p.m.

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It will be a festive day at Delaware Stadium Saturday as Delaware (6-3), winners of five of its last six games, takes on an undefeated Rutgers team (8-0) that enters the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Maverik Media Poll and No. 3 in the USILA Coaches poll.

The game ends a four-game homestand for the Blue Hens and is also the final non-league game of the year before Delaware, which earned Top 20 votes in the USILA poll this week for the first time since 2013, begins Colonial Athletic Association play next Saturday at UMass.

The Blue Hens will be wearing pink uniforms today as part of Pink Day and Breast Cancer Awareness and Delaware will also honor the memory of Gary Celeste and Milt Roberts.

Roberts was the co-founder of the UD program and served as the Blue Hens’ head coach in 1950-57. Roberts, who passed away in 1991, is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, and the UD Athletics Hall of Fame. A game MVP Award named in his honor will be presented at the end of the game.

Delaware will also honor the memory of Celeste, a former UD student and lacrosse fan for whom UD scholarships is named. Celeste was tragically killed by a stray bullet while walking to a Delaware lacrosse game in 1976. Since 1988, family and friends have presented the Gary Celeste Memorial Award to a Blue Hen player who has demonstrated dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to the program. This year's award winner is senior defender Anthony Sebastiani from Moorestown, N.J.

» Rutgers leads by a 16-9 margin since the first game in 1951
» Scarlet Knights have won two straight, including a 17-12 victory at Delaware Stadium in 2015 and a 15-11 win last year in Piscataway, N.J.
» In last year’s game, the Hens fell behind 8-1 at the half before a second half comeback fell short
» Paul Major had five goals for the Hens while Jules Heningburg and Adam Charalambides each had three goals  for Rutgers
» Delaware had won three straight meetings prior to 2015, including victories of 10-6 in 2006, 7-5 in 2007, and 10-8 in 2008.

» Blue Hens are coming off a big 12-7 win over Saint Joseph’s here at Delaware Stadium last Saturday as Anthony Romagnoli scored five goals and Charlie Kitchen added three goals
» Romagnoli has scored a point in 13 straight games and ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in total goals (26)
» Kitchen has scored at least two points in every game and is one of only four NCAA I freshmen to accomplish that so far
» Delaware’s starting attack unit of Romagnoli, Kitchen, and Joe Eisele has combined to score 65 goals this season - the most of any starting attack unit in NCAA I
» UD senior Trupert Ortlieb leads the NCAA with five man-up goals this year
» UD ranks No. 2 in the CAA and 17th in the NCAA in scoring (12.0 gpg)
» Rutgers is undefeated this year with wins over St. John’s, Army, Fairfield, Wagner, #19 Brown, #14 Stony Brook, #15 Princeton, and most recently NJIT
» Rutgers is the first No. 1 ranked team to visit Delaware Stadium since the Hens fell to No. 1 Loyola 9-8 in 2013
» Delaware defeated No. 2 Virginia 14-8 in the NCAA Tournament but has never defeated a No. 1 ranked team in six tries
» Rutgers is ranked No. 1 for the first time, is off to an 8-0 start for the first time since 1955, and has never started out 9-0. The only other Rutgers team to be ranked No. 1 nationally was the 1995 men’s soccer team
» Rutgers leads the nation in caused turnovers with 11.1 per game and is No. 7 in scoring (13.0 gpg)
» Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw will retire this season after 39 years at the helm at UD and 42 years overall. He has 333 career victories (309 at Delaware) to rank No. 4 among active NCAA Division I coaches.

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