No. 10 Delaware (3-1, 0-0 CAA) at Temple (1-3, 0-0 BIG EAST)
📅 DATE:  Friday, September 9, 2016
🕖 TIME:  4 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Howarth Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
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No. 10 Delaware (3-1, 0-0 CAA) at No. 16 Princeton (1-1, 0-0 Ivy)

📅 DATE:  Sunday, September 10, 2016
🕖 TIME:  1 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Bedford Field – Princeton, N.J.
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Emmeline Oltmans notched a career-high 11 saves Sunday afternoon as No. 14 Delaware upset No. 5 Virginia, 2-0, at University Hall Turf Field. The win is the highest for the Blue Hens over a Top-5 opponent since 1992 when Delaware defeated No. 5 Northeastern, 1-0, and the first over UVA since 1988. Alexis Gazzio and Kiki Bink  each collected their second goals of the weekend in the victory. Bink connected with Lisa Giezeman in the ninth minute following a penalty corner to give the Hens the 1-0 advantage. In the 57th minute, Lauren Crudele collected the rebound off the goalie’s pads and dished it off to Gazzio for the insurance goal. Riley Tata and Tara Vittese led the Cavaliers (2-2) with four shots apiece as UVA outshot Delaware, 19-8. Oltmans’ 11 saves bests her previous career high of eight set last September at No. 5 Duke. Rebecca Holden registered four saves for the Cavs.

     · Delaware jumped to No. 10 in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll following a weekend in which the Hens fell in overtime at Old Dominion, but upset then-No. 5 Virginia. The Blue Hens had previously not been positioned in the Top-10 since 1998 when Delaware reached as high as a No. 6 ranking.
     · Emmeline Oltmans notched a career-high 11 saves with her fifth career shutout and 19 shots faced against the Cavaliers to be named the CAA Player of the Week. Oltmans’ previous career-best came with eight saves in Delaware’s loss at No. 5 Duke last season.
     · Oltmans now has 157 career saves at a clip of 3.49 per game and a career GAA of 2.08.  Her 157 saves has her 14th in program history just behind Leslie Saylor, who is 13th with 158 set from 1989-90.
     · The junior also earned Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Weekly Honorable Mention accolades for her performance.
     · Alexis Gazzio earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades after registering her first career goal in Friday’s overtime loss at No. 20 Old Dominion and followed with an insurance goal in Sunday’s win. The freshman is currently tied for second on the team with four points on two goals.
     · 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 CAA preseason poll.
     · 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).

      · Defensive Saves – 9th – 2.0
      · Goals Per Game – 12th – 3.75
      · Winning Percentage – 14th – .750
      · Points Per Game – 14th – 10.0
      · Scoring Margin – 16th – 1.71
      · Assists Per Game – 18th – 2.5
      · Save Percentage – 30th – .714
      · Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 10th – 1.25
      · Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 16th – 2.75
      · Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 18th – .750
      · Save Percentage – Emmeline Oltmans – 23rd – .739
      · Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 28th – 1.67

     ·  Delaware is 33-24-4 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
     · The Blue Hens are 20-12-1 overall against Temple since the series inception in 1980. UD has won six of the last seven versus the Owls, but dropped the 5-1 matchup during the team’s 2014 trip to Philadelphia. Last season, the Hens defeated Temple, 7-4, behind Michaela Patzner’s first career hat trick with three goals and an assist for a career-high seven points.
     · UD took the 13-12-3 series advantage last season with a 4-3 victory over Princeton in Newark. The Blue Hens have now won two straight against the Tigers, including a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory in the last matchup in Princeton in 2014.

     · 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 66-44 (.600) 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.
      · A five-time NCAA Division I champion as a player and coach, Marybeth Freeman (Old Dominion ’03), was named the head coach of the Temple Field Hockey program in March 2015. Freeman joined the Owls after spending five seasons as the head coach at Columbia and was previously an assistant at Maryland for seven seasons. 
      · Carla Tagliente (Maryland ’01) is in her first season at Princeton after spending the past five years in the same role at UMass. During her time at UMass, Tagliente averaged nearly 13 wins a season and guided her squad to three Atlantic-10 titles. For her efforts, she was named the 2012 and 2013 A-10 Coach of the Year.

The Owls started the year with three straight losses before capturing a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over La Salle last Sunday for their first tally in the win column. Senior Katie Foran scored two goals, including the game-winner, against the Explorers to earn BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades. Two of Temple’s three losses have come to teams now ranked in the top five nationally as of the Sept. 6 NFHCA Coaches Poll (No. 1 Syracuse and No. 5 Penn State). Jessika Daniels, Rachael Mueller and Maris Stern have all recorded goals for Temple this season. Freshman Maddie Lilliock has started all four games in the cage so far for the Owls. She registered nine saves against the Orange and followed with 10 versus La Salle.  Her 8.25 saves per game is good to rank ninth nationally.

The Tigers 1-1 on the season after falling to then-No. 1 North Carolina, 2-1, last Friday and beating Bucknell, 5-2, on Sunday. Against North Carolina, junior Ryan McCarthy scored with 1:27 to go, cutting the Tigers' deficit in half. As time expired, Princeton was awarded a penalty corner, but Tar Heels' goalie Alex Haplin made a save to secure the win. Five different players scored against Bucknell, highlighted McCarthy, who led all players with five shots and three points in the game. For her five-point weekend, McCarthy was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time in her career.  Grace Baylis started both contests for Princeton and has registered five saves (.556) with four goals allowed and 22 shots faced.