No. 10 Delaware (8-2, 0-0 CAA) at No. 19 James Madison (6-2, 0-0 CAA)
📅 DATE:  Friday, September 30, 2016
🕖 TIME:  6 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  JMU Field Hockey Complex – Harrisonburg, Va.
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No. 10 Delaware (8-2, 0-0 CAA) at William & Mary (3-5, 0-0 CAA)

📅 DATE:  Sunday, October 2, 2016
🕖 TIME:  1 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Busch Field – Williamsburg, Va.
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The then-No. 12 Blue Hens received points from nine different players Sunday afternoon en route to a 5-1 win over Lafayette at Rappolt Field. Greta Nauck opened the afternoon with her team-leading 13th goal of the season in the ninth minute. Lisa Giezeman added the game-winner less than three minutes later with the assist coming from Lauren Crudele. Delaware took the 4-0 lead into halftime following goals from Kiki Bink in the 30th minute and Alexis Gazzio in the 34th minute. Maura Zarkoski assisted on Bink’s goal while Taylor Lister and Meghan Winesett connected to assist Gazzio. Maggie Delp wrapped the scoring for the Hens (8-2) in the 64th minute with the assist coming from Zarkoski. Emmeline Oltmans and Sydney Rhodes each collected two saves in 35 minutes of action.

     · The University of Delaware improved to No. 10 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll following a weekend in which the Hens went 2-0.
     ·  The Blue Hens, who were predicted to finish atop the league standings once again this season, are 53-50 (.515) all-time in CAA play.
     ·  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.
     ·  Greta Nauck has already surpassed her point and goal totals from a year ago. Nauck posted 27 points (11g, 5a) with 70 shots in 22 games during her freshman campaign in which she was named a Regional All-American. Through 10 games this year, she has registered a team-best and CAA-leading 31 points (13g, 5a) on 53 shots.
     ·   Meghan Winesett moved into 17th place in program history with 70 points (26g, 18a) with an assist at Lafayette. Her 18 assists also move her into a tie for 12th all-time alongside Sue Samuel (1979-81), Beth Manley (1983-86) and Brenda Lear (1991-94).
     ·  Last Friday’s game was a momentous one for senior tri-captain Meghan Winesett, who appeared in her first contest this season after missing time due to a back injury.
     ·  Delaware has now scored in 35 straight games dating back to November 2014 and have scored multiple goals in 14 consecutive.
     ·  The Blue Hens are 2-2 against ranked opponents this season.
     ·  With 179 career saves, junior goalie Emmeline Oltmans is 12th all-time for the Blue Hens.
     ·  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.
     ·  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.
     ·  Esmée Peet joins classmates Meghan Winesett and Maura Zarkoski as team captains this season.

      · Scoring Average – 4th – 4.26
      · Points Per Game – 6th – 11.7
      · Winning Percentage – 6th – .800
      · Assists Per Game – 10th – 3.1
      · Defensive Saves – 10th – 4.0
      · Scoring Margin – 11th – 2.08
      · Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 4th – 1.3
     ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 5th – 3.1
     ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 8th – .800

     · Delaware is 22-18 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
     · James Madison holds a narrow 10-9 margin over Delaware in the all-time series, which began in 1999. The Blue Hens have won three of the last four against the Dukes.The last eight meetings between the two teams have all been decided by one goal (4-4 split). Last season, Delaware picked up the 2-1 overtime victory at JMU to claim the CAA title.
     · The Hens are 13-8 overall versus William & Mary and have won six consecutive over the Tribe. In the last matchup in Williamsburg, UD came out on top by a score of 5-2 as Meghan Winesett collected her first career hat trick.

     · 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 71-45 (.612) 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.
      · Christy Morgan (Old Dominion ’85), the 2015 CAA Coach of the Year, is in her third consecutive season and 12th overall with the Dukes. During her 12-year tenure at JMU, Morgan has posted a record of 165-82-2 (.667).
     · Tess Ellis is in her 21st year as a coach at William & Mary and her fourth as head coach after being promoted just prior to the 2013 season.

The Dukes re-entered the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll this past week with a No. 19 ranking after previously appearing in the same spot in the preseason poll.  JMU is riding a three-game win streak, which includes wins over New Hampshire, then-No. 13 Old Dominion and VCU. Predicted to finish second in the CAA standings behind the Blue Hens, James Madison is led by Miranda Rigg’s 16 points (8g) while Hannah Hall is second with 14 points (5g, 4a).  Sara Kraeutler has played all eight games in the cage for the Dukes the season and has allowed 2.47 goals per game with 35 saves at a clip of .636.

The Tribe had won two straight over Richmond and Davidson before falling, 3-2, to Liberty this past Sunday. W&M was picked to finish sixth out of seven teams in the CAA preseason poll and open league action Friday evening by hosting Towson. Cammie Lloyd leads the team with 13 points (6g, 1a) while Maria Jose Pastor is second with three goals and an assist for seven points. Morgan Connor has appeared in all 590 minutes between the pipes for the Tribe while allowing 2.61 goals per game with 45 saves (.672).