No. 12 Delaware (6-2, 0-0 CAA) vs. No. 20 Albany (4-3, 0-0 America East)
📅 DATE:  Friday, September 23, 2016
🕖 TIME:  7 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Fred P. Rullo Stadium – Newark, Del.
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No. 12 Delaware (6-2, 0-0 CAA) at Lafayette (5-2, 0-0 Patriot League)

📅 DATE:  Sunday, September 25, 2016
🕖 TIME:  2 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Rappolt Field – Easton, Pa.
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LAST TIME OUT  👀
Delaware jumped out to a quick 4-0 halftime lead and the No. 12 Blue Hens needed every bit of that offense Sunday afternoon as it held on down the stretch to defeat Indiana 5-4 at Fred P. Rullo Stadium. UD (6-2) extended its win streak to two games and remained unbeaten at home with a 4-0 mark as the Blue Hens got goals from five different players on the way to the victory over Indiana (4-4) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. After the Hens jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and took a 4-0 advantage into halftime, Indiana came to life in the second stanza, scoring three goals in a span of 12 minutes to pull to within 5-4 with 11:14 remaining. But the Hens held on from there as Emmeline Oltmans made a big stop off a penalty corner with 1:45 left and a shot by Indiana’s Kate Barber off a penalty corner with time expired was wide left by about a foot. Greta Nauck had a goal and an assist for the Blue Hens while Esmée Peet, Lisa Giezeman, Marjelle Scheffers and Ally Pollak also tallied in the balanced effort.

HEN SCRATCHINGS  🐔
     · The University of Delaware holds steady at No. 12 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll following a weekend in which the Hens went 2-0.
     ·  Delaware has now scored in 33 straight games dating back to November 2014 and have scored multiple goals in 12 consecutive.
     ·  Dating to last season, the Hens have won six straight at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.
     ·  With a goal against Indiana, Esmée Peet is now fifth all-time in program history with 105 career points. Her 42 goals ties Missy Meharg (1981-84) in eighth place while her 21 assists ties her alongside Sue Daddona (1991-94) and Leah Geib (2001-04) in fifth place.
     ·  With 171 career saves, Emmeline Oltmans is 12th all-time for the Blue Hens.
     ·  Meghan Winesett is tied for 17th all-time with 69 points (26g, 17a).
     ·  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.

NCAA DIVISION I STATISTICAL TEAM RANKINGS (TOP 20) 📊
      · Scoring Average – 3rd – 4.32
     ·  Points Per Game – 7th – 11.88
     ·  Winning Percentage – 10th – .750
     ·  Assists Per Game – 13th – 3.13
     ·  Defensive Saves – 15th – 3.0
     ·  Scoring Margin – 16th – 1.85
 
NCAA DIVISION I STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (TOP 20) 📊
      · Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 5th – 1.25
     ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 6th – 3.13
     ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 10th – .750

SERIES INFORMATION  🏑
     · Delaware is 17-15-2 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
     · The Blue Hens are 0-4 all-time against the Great Danes with competition coming in 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2012.
     · UD has won four straight over the Leopards and leads the all-time series by a mark of 17-11-2. In the last matchup, the Hens rallied with four unanswered goals to pick up the 4-1 victory in Easton in 2014.

THE COACHES 📋
     · 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 69-45 (.605) 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.
      · Albany head coach Phil Sykes (California State-Hayward ’99) holds 169 victories 13 seasons with the Great Danes. Under his tenure, Albany has earned double digit wins in each season since 2006.
      · Jennifer Stone is in her fourth season as the head coach at her alma mater. In her position Stone has marked 26 career wins.

ABOUT NO. 20 ALBANY
The Great Danes enter the weekend ranked 20th nationally with a mark of 4-3. Albany opened the season with the No. 9 spot and rattled off three straight wins (Hofstra, Bryant, Dartmouth) before dropping three consecutive (No. 18 Penn State, No. 16 Princeton, Bucknell). They most recently defeated Yale, 2-1, last Saturday at home to return to the win column.  The active NCAA leader in career points (210) and goals (86), Paula Heuser leads the Great Danes with 16 points on six goals and four assists in her senior campaign. Maxi Primus, the America East Defensive Player of the Week, has appeared in 395 minutes in the cage with 1.42 goals allowed per game and 27 saves (.771).

ABOUT LAFAYETTE
The Leopards are 5-2 on the year and had won four straight before falling, 4-1, at Hofstra last Sunday.  Lafayette takes on No. 9 Boston University Friday before hosting the Hens Sunday.  Freshman midfielder Rosa Jonckheer was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week and currently leads the Leopards with eight points on four goals, two of which have proved to be game-winners. Senior Amanda Magadan is second with seven points (3g, 1a) while junior Rosie Shanks has posted six points (3g) and freshman Lisa van der Geest guides Lafayette with three assists. Senior goalie Katelyn Arnold has played all 500-plus minutes for the Leopards this season and has allowed 2.34 goals per game with 19 saves (.594).