PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Blue Hens saw goals from four different players Friday evening as No. 8 Delaware opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a 4-0 victory over Drexel at Buckley Field.
Freshman Lotte de Koning (Vreeland, The Netherlands/RSG Broklede) led off the attack in the eighth minute with a goal off of a penalty corner before junior Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartenscollege) gave the Hens the 2-0 advantage just seven minutes later. Sophomore Ally Pollak (Crofton, Md./Arundel) assisted on the Giezeman goal.
In the 26th minute, sophomore Michelle Thomas (Damascus, Md./Damascus) put Delaware ahead, 3-0, with an assist coming from senior Lauren Crudele (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace).
Senior Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) put the finishing touches on in the 40th minute with her third goal of the season as UD improved to 7-3 on the year in 1-0 in the CAA.
Senior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) and redshirt junior Sydney Rhodes (Middletown, Del./C. Milton Wright (Md.)) split time in the cage and tallied one save in 35 minutes of action apiece.
Erin Gilchrist registered nine saves for the Dragons (4-7, 0-1 CAA).
“Drexel is always a tough opponent, especially on their home turf here in Philly, and I’m happy to have started CAA play with the win. It was great to see a whole team performance, which allowed us to play our entire roster and expand our growth experience across the board. We have a quick turnaround to prepare for Lafayette, but we’re excited to host them in this season’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Game, which will be followed by our annual youth clinic.”
Sophomore midfielder Michelle Thomas
“Today was a great start and foundation that we can continue to build upon as a team as we enter conference play. On my goal, it was definitely a 50/50 ball and I didn’t know if I was going to get it, but you have to go after it and fight it out.”
    ·    Delaware outshot Drexel, 22-2 and held the 13-1 advantage in penalty corners.
    ·    The Blue Hens have won 12 straight conference regular season and tournament contests.
    ·    Emmeline Oltmans is seventh in program history with 255 career saves.
    ·    Sunday, October 1 – Lafayette at No. 8 Delaware – 1 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.) – Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Game
    ·    Sunday, October 8 – No. 17 James Madison at No. 8 Delaware – 1 p.m. – Fred P. Rullo Stadium (Newark, Del.)
    ·    Saturday, October 14 – No. 8 Delaware at No. 21 Saint Joseph’s – 1 p.m. – Ellen Ryan Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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