No. 14 Delaware (2-0, 0-0 CAA) at No. 20 Old Dominion (1-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
📅 DATE:  Friday, September 2, 2016
🕖 TIME:  5 p.m. EDT  *** PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME ***
📍 LOCATION:  L.R. Hill Sports Complex – Norfolk, Va.
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No. 14 Delaware (2-0, 0-0 CAA) at No. 5 Virginia (1-1, 0-0 ACC)

📅 DATE:  Sunday, September 3, 2016
🕖 TIME:  1 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  University Hall Turf Field – Charlottesville, Va.
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Ohio State jumped out to a 2-0 lead before No. 14 Delaware responded with six straight goals to take the 6-3 victory at Rullo Stadium Sunday afternoon. Greta Nauck, who exploded for four goals in Saturday’s 5-2 win against the Buckeyes, scored the first goal of the day for the Blue Hens (2-0) with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Ally Pollak then notched her first-career tally as she tapped in a penalty corner shot from the right side as the team’s went into the halftime break.  Pollak opened the second half with her second goal of the afternoon, the game-winner, which was assisted by Lisa Giezeman. Up by a score of 3-2, Delaware received three straight scores from Sabrina Rhodes, Lauren Crudele and Maura Zarkoski. Emmeline Oltmans collected two saves in 35:00 of action.

     · Greta Nauck earned NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week and CAA Player of the Week accolades as she scored career-highs of four goals and eight points in Saturday’s win over Ohio State. Her mark of four goals is good to tie for second in school history with five other players and the first since 1995 while her eight points was also good to tie for third in Rullo Stadium history.
     · The Blue Hens are 2-0 to start the year for the second consecutive season. Last season, Delaware set a new school record with eight consecutive wins to start the year and was the remaining NCAA Division I team in the country with an 8-0 record on Sept. 24.
      · UD finished the 2015 campaign with an overall mark of 16-6, which included a trip to the NCAA Tournament and their third straight CAA title.
      · The Blue Hens garnered four first place votes and 34 total points to lead all teams in the league’s preseason poll.
      · UD received 297 votes for a No. 14 standing in the Penn Monto/NFHCA preseason poll. The Hens had previously never been slotted higher than No. 18 (2013) in the preseason standings.
      · In total, 13 of UD’s 18 regular season opponents picked up votes in the preseason rankings.
      · Delaware returns nine starters and 14 letter winners from a season ago while welcoming seven newcomers to the roster.
      · The Hens feature a total of six international players on the roster.
      · Senior Esmée Peet was tabbed the CAA Preseason Player of the Year while junior Emmeline Oltmans and sophomores Lisa Giezeman and Greta Nauck were tabbed All CAA-Preseason honorees.
      · Esmée Peet joins classmates Meghan Winesett and Maura Zarkoski as team captains this season.
      · Esmée Peet is currently tied for ninth in program history with 95 points (39g, 17a). Her 39 goals are also good to tie for eighth all-time.
      · Meghan Winesett is tied for 17th all-time with 69 points (26g, 17a).
      · Emmeline Oltmans ranks sixth for the Hens with a 2.12 GAA and 14th overall with 145 career saves.

     ·  Dating to the 1981 season, UD is 3-12-1 overall against Old Dominion. 
     ·  Former CAA rivals, the Blue Hens halted a four-game losing streak to the Monarch last season with a 2-1 win over No. 12 ODU at Rullo Stadium.
     ·  Delaware has never defeated Old Dominion in Norfolk.
     ·  The Hens are 6-9-1 all-time against Virginia since the series inception in 1976.
     ·  Delaware is winless in the past six contests against the Cavaliers.
     ·  Last season, No. 15 UD fell to No. 5 UVA, 3-2, in overtime at Rullo Stadium on Oct. 18.  Less than a month later, the No. 4 Cavaliers overtook the No. 12 Blue Hens, 4-3, also in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlottesville.
     ·  Delaware’s last win against Virginia came during the 1988 season.

     · Head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof (Fonty’s Hogeschool ’96) returns for his sixth season at the helm of the Blue Hens and holds an all-time record of 65-43 (.602) at Delaware.
     · Assistant coach Missy Arenz (Delaware ’12, Longwood ‘13) is in her third season roaming the UD sidelines while Jordan McKee (Queens ’09, Ulster ’14) is in his first season as a full-time assistant coach for the Hens after serving two-plus seasons as a volunteer.  Jacki Coveleski (Delaware ’16) joins the coaching staff this season as a volunteer assistant coach.
     ·  Andrew Griffiths (Western Ontario ’94) is in his fourth year at the helm of the Old Dominion field hockey program. With over 15 years of NCAA coaching experience, including at stint at Lafayette, Griffiths picked up his 100th career win as a head coach with a victory over William & Mary on Sept. 11, 2015.
     ·  A member of the NFHCA Hall of Fame, Michele Madison (Rutgers ’84), is in her 11th season with the Cavaliers.  During her tenure, she has led UVA to eight NCAA Tournament berths and an overall record to 143-74. She has also served as the head coach at Temple and Michigan State.
     ·  Van de Kerkhof spent seven years as an assistant coach to Madison at Michigan State from 1999 to 2005.  He succeeded Madison as the Spartans head coach after Madison left to take the Virginia job.

The Monarchs enter Friday’s contest after splitting games on the road last weekend. ODU fell, 6-2, in the season opener at No. 18 Penn State before upending American, 2-1. Junior forward Danielle Grega, the team’s 2015 leading scorer, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after scoring two goals against the Nittany Lions. Goals by freshmen Erin Huffman and Ashleigh Thomas lifted the Lady Monarchs to victory over the Eagles for the first time since 2013. All-Region selection Kealsie Robles has played all 140 minutes in the cage for ODU and has registered 10 saves with a GAA of 4.50.

The Cavaliers begin the weekend with a 1-1 record after downing Miami, 5-1, but falling, 3-0, at No. 18 Penn State.  Virginia hosts Rutgers (1-1) Friday before taking on the Hens on Sunday.  Senior striker Riley Tata leads UVA with two goals with three shots. Classmate Caleigh Foust has taken a team-high 10 shots so far this season and is followed by junior Tara Vittese, the 2015 NFHCA National Player of the Year, with seven. Foust, Erin Shanahan and Dominique van Slooten have also picked up goals on the year.  Senior goalie Rebecca Holden collected a career-best 12 saves against the Nittany Lions and holds a save percentage of .789 through two contests.