RICHMOND, Va. – For the second straight season, Delaware’s Greta Nauck and Rolf van de Kerkhof were named the Colonial Athletic Association Field Hockey Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, while Lotte de Koning was tabbed the league’s Rookie of the Year. In total, the Blue Hens had eight individuals recognized with postseason honors Thursday afternoon.
Nauck (Krefeld, Germany) and De Koning (Vreeland, The Netherlands) were joined on the CAA First Team list by seniors Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa.) and Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands).
Second Team honors went to redshirt senior Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md.) and juniors Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands) and Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands) while De Koning also garnered All-Rookie Team accolades.
“Congratulations to our players group, team and program for an excellent CAA regular season performance,” exclaimed Van de Kerkhof. “I am excited to see that our UDFH players and program continue to be creative, open-minded and find ways to prepare and perform at the level required to allow us to compete for championships at the CAA and NCAA levels.”
Van de Kerkhof continued, “A successful team and program is made out of a group of committed and competitive people. We are fortunate to have a team and staff full of self-driven and passionate Blue Hens. Thanks to strong teamwork and individual development throughout this regular season, a number of our players have been able to become known to our CAA competition as impact players. What a great honor for us to have eight honorees and to see that the CAA coaches have selected Greta as the Player of the Year and Lotte as the Rookie of the Year.”
Nauck, Delaware’s career points and goals record holder, leads the CAA in points (47), points per game (2.76), goals (21), goals per game (1.24), shots (104) and shots per game (6.12). The junior’s 1.24 goals per game are good for third nationally while her 2.76 points per game rank her fourth overall. The forward has been awarded CAA Player of the Week accolades four times this season.
De Koning ranks in the top eight of eight league statistical categories and is second for the Blue Hens with nine goals. The midfielder is a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week recipient this season.
Van de Kerkhof, who is in his seventh season at the helm of the No. 8 Blue Hens, has led Delaware to an overall mark of 99-49 (.669) while going 41-14 (.745) in CAA regular and postseason play with four straight conference tournament titles. He previously earned CAA Coach of the Year accolades in 2013 and 2016 while also receiving the 2016 NFHCA Division I Coach of the Year award.
“Thanks to our team’s desire to compete, to learn how to work and play together best, and to obtain growth in their game day performance, they won the CAA regular season title,” Van de Kerkhof remarked. “As they did the work, as coaches and support staff, we are fortunate to come along for this amazing journey and are humbled to be recognized as the CAA Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017. I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank my direct coaching staff in Missy Arenz, Jordan McKee, Heather Wiley and Kaitlyn Zook for their on-going commitment to excellence in the development of our students, players and young people. Also, I would like to recognize all the contributions from our program’s athletic staff, and the University of Delaware faculty and staff in guiding and supporting our Blue Hens field hockey student-athletes.”
Now a four-time All-CAA honoree, Lister garnered First Team honors a year ago and was a Second Team selection as a sophomore after receiving All-Rookie Team accolades in 2014. The forward is second nationally with 1.06 assists per contest and leads Delaware with 18 total assists, a mark that is good for third in program single-season history.
Oltmans is also a second-time First Team pick after collecting the same accolades last season and All-Rookie Team honors in 2014. The goalie has appeared in 1030 minutes for the Hens while allowing 1.75 goals per game with 47 saves (.701). Her winning percentage of .750 is good for ninth nationally while her GAA is 14th overall.
“I am very proud of what this players group has accomplished thus far,” stated Van de Kerkhof. “I also know that individual awards are flattering to receive, but at the same time, our players are really excited to pursue awards we can compete for as Delaware Hockey as a unit.”
Delaware will vie for its fifth straight and seventh overall CAA crown this coming weekend at Fred P. Rullo Stadium. The semifinal format begins on Friday, Nov. 3 with the top-seeded Blue Hens (13-4, 6-0 CAA) taking on fourth-seeded Northeastern (8-11, 3-3 CAA) at 3 p.m.  Following that contest, No. 15 James Madison (12-5, 5-1 CAA) and No. 19 William & Mary (12-6, 4-2 CAA) squares off at approximately 6 p.m.
The 2017 title game takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the victors from Friday’s semifinals contests competing for the conference crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
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