No. 12 Delaware (4-2, 0-0 CAA) vs. Columbia (1-3, 0-0 BIG EAST)
📅 DATE:  Friday, September 16, 2016
🕖 TIME:  7 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Fred P. Rullo Stadium – Newark, Del.
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No. 12 Delaware (4-2, 0-0 CAA) vs. Indiana (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten)

📅 DATE:  Sunday, September 18, 2016
🕖 TIME:  12 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Fred P. Rullo Stadium – Newark, Del.
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Esmée Peet became the eighth Blue Hen to reach the 100-point plateau Sunday afternoon, but then-No. 10 Delaware came out on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest at No. 16 Princeton. Peet, who now has 100 career points on 40 goals and 20 assists, moved into a tied for sixth all-time alongside UD Hall of Famers Anne Wilkinson (44g, 12a; 1982-85) and Carol Miller (46g, 8a; 1978-81). Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) scored Delaware’s first tally of the afternoon and her first of the season in the 29th minute to tie things at 1-1. Peet gave the Hens the 2-1 advantage in the 34th minute off a deflection from Greta Nauck. Princeton’s Ryan McCarthy sent the two teams into the half time break at a 2-2 tie following a penalty stroke at 34:09. The Tigers (3-1) controlled the second half of play and received goals from Rachel Park and Sophia Tornetta for the win. Emmeline Oltmans collected seven saves in the loss.

     · The University of Delaware dropped two slots to No. 12 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll following a weekend in which the Hens went 1-1.
     ·  Michaela Patzner (2012-15) was the last Delaware player to reach 100-career points. She also did so on September 11, but in the 2015 season, and finished her career third in program history with 122 points on 47 goals and 28 assists.
     ·  Kiki Bink recorded her first career defensive save against the Tigers.
     ·  Sunday was just the second time this season Delaware was outshot by an opponent as the Tigers held the 18-11 shot advantage.
     ·  Esmée Peet’s 20 assists sets her in a tie for seventh place all-time alongside Rachel Barger (1996-99) and current assistant coach Missy Woodie Arenz (2007-10).
     ·  With 166 career saves, Emmeline Oltmans puts her at 13th in program history and just behind Caroline Maloney, who recorded 167 from 1988-89.
     ·  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.
     ·  Meghan Winesett is tied for 17th all-time with 69 points (26g, 17a).

      · Defensive Saves – 8th – 3.0
      · Goals Per Game – 13th – 3.67
      ·  Points Per Game – 14th – 9.83
      ·  Assists Per Game – 18th – 2.5
      ·  Winning Percentage – 19th – .667
      ·  Scoring Margin – 20th – 1.31
      · Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 10th – 2.83
      · Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 12th – 1.17
      · Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 19th – .667

     · Delaware is 1-1 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
     · The Blue Hens and Lions are knotted at 1-1 in the series. Delaware took the 3-2 victory in New York City in 2013 before Columbia dropped the Hens, 2-1, in Newark in 2014.
     ·  Delaware and Indiana have never faced off in field hockey program history.

     · 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 67-45 (.598) 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.
      · Two-time Olympian Caroline Nelson-Nichols (Old Dominion ’07) enters her second season as the head coach of the Lions. She is 13-12 overall and 3-4 in Ivy League.
     ·  Amanda Janney (Wake Forest ’99) is also in her second season with the Hooisers. She is 13-12 at Indiana and holds a career mark of 127-94 following 10 seasons as the head coach at Temple.

The Lions are 2-2 on the year with wins coming over Holy Cross and Central Michigan. Katie Ruesterholz registered her second hat trick of the season and fourth of her career with a three-goal performance against the Chippewas. Ruesterholz has recorded a point in all four contests and ranks second in the NCAA in goals per game (1.5) and is third in points per game (3.5).  She is the early Ivy League leader in points (14) and is tied for the conference lead in goals (6). Rebecca Bard and Meredith Kalberer are tied for the Ivy League lead in assists with three apiece. As a team, Columbia leads the Ivy League and is ninth in the NCAA with 3.25 assists per game.

After a successful weekend that put the Hoosiers (4-2) on a three-game win streak, they will hit the road to open Big Ten play Saturday against the reigning Big Ten Champions Maryland Terrapins before heading to Newark for Sunday’s match versus the Hens. Several Indiana players have landed near the top of the NCAA's individual statistics charts after the first three weekends of the season, led by returning All-American Kate Barber. Through six games, Barber ranks second in the NCAA with 1.50 goals per game, the top mark in the conference, and third nationally in points per game (3.50). Maddie Latino, Indiana's assist leader, ranks fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten in assists per game (1.00). Noëlle Rother's save percentage of .697 ranks fourth amongst Big Ten goalkeepers.