No. 9 Delaware (10-2, 2-0 CAA) vs. No. 10 Michigan (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten)
📅 DATE:  Saturday, october 8, 2016
🕖 TIME:  4 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Fred P. Rullo Stadium
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No. 9 Delaware (10-2, 2-0 CAA) vs. Hofstra (8-4, 0-0 CAA)

📅 DATE:  Sunday, October 9, 2016
🕖 TIME:  1:30 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Fred P. Rullo Stadium
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It took nearly the entire 80 minutes, but then-No. 10 Delaware eventually came out on top over William & Mary, 3-2, in overtime Sunday afternoon at Busch Field. Tied 2-2 at halftime, neither team scored in the second half as the Blue Hens were headed to overtime for just the second time this season. Things were pretty uneventful in the extra period until Greta Nauck rebounded off her own shot and knocked in the game-winner at 79:50 for her league-leading 15th tally of the season. Earlier in the game, Meghan Winesett posted her first goal of the season, also off a rebound shot to tie the game at 1-1 in the 18th minute. The Tribe (4-6, 1-1 CAA) regained the lead just two minutes later before Lauren Crudele pitted the contest at 2-2 with her second goal of the season as time expired in the first half. In total, the Blue Hens (10-2, 2-0 CAA) outshot William & Mary, 26-10, and held the 10-4 advantage in penalty corners. Emmeline Oltmans collected two saves while Maura Zarkoski posted a defensive save.

     · For the first time in nearly 20 years, the University of Delaware field hockey squad was ranked within the Top 10 of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll as the Blue Hens were positioned at No. 9 in the most recent release.
     ·  Delaware had previously not been placed in the Top 10 since 1998 when the Hens reached as high as a No. 6 ranking. This time, UD received 566 points to move up from the No. 10 spot.
     ·  The Blue Hens have reached the 10-win mark in each of the last four seasons and now for the 30th time in program history.
     ·  UD has scored in 37 straight games dating back to November 2014.
     ·  Delaware is 3-2 against ranked opponents this season.
     ·  The Blue Hens, who were predicted to finish atop the league standings once again this season, are 55-50 (.524) all-time in CAA play.
     ·  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 12 games this year, she has registered a team-best and CAA-leading 33 points (14g, 5a) on 64 shots.
     ·  With 182 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.
     · 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.

      · Winning Percentage – 5th – .833
     ·  Goals Per Game – 6th – 3.92
     ·  Points Per Game – 8th – 10.5
     ·  Scoring Margin – 10th – 1.88
     ·  Assists Per Game – 12th – 2.67
     ·  Defensive Saves – 12th – 5.0
      · Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 6th – .833
     ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 6th – 2.75
     ·  Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 7th – 1.17
     ·   Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 26th – 1.87

     · Delaware is 24-9 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
     · The Hens are 0-2 overall against Michigan with losses coming in 1995 and 2012, both of which came in Ann Arbor.
     ·  The Blue Hens hold a 24-7 advantage over the Pride since the first meeting in 1985.
     ·  Delaware has won six of the last eight against Hofstra, including an 8-1 rout of the Pride in last season’s CAA semifinals matchup.

     · 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 73-45 (.619) 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.
      · With a 249-113 career mark entering the weekend, Michigan head coach Marcia Pankratz (Iowa ’85) is just one win shy of her 150th. Pankratz is in her 17th season as the head coach of the Wolverines. Her win percentage of .688 ranks 12th amongst all-time for NCAA Division I coaches.
     ·  A former player and current coach for the United States National Field Hockey program, Kathy De Angelis (UMass ’92) is in her 19th year as the head coach at Hofstra.  De Angelis has led the Pride to winning records in 11 of the past 15 seasons and currently holds a career mark of 187-179 (.511).

Entering weekend play, the Wolverines look to halt a three-game losing streak and must first face Rutgers Friday afternoon before traveling to Newark.  All three of the losses have come to teams currently ranking amongst the nation’s top seven squads.  Overall, U-M is 2-4 this season against ranked teams while represents Michigan’s fourth Top 10 team in five contests.  Courtney Enge leads the Wolverines with a career-best five goals while Emma Way and Carly Bennett also boast career highs with four goals apiece. Twelve different U-M players have scored goals this season, including nine with multiple goals. Goalie Sam Swenson is currently ninth in the nation with 1.40 goals allowed per game with 35 saves (.700).

The Pride has won six straight and opens CAA action Friday at Towson. Hofstra, which is the last CAA team to begin league play, ranks third in the conference in scoring with a 3.42 goals per game average and is fourth in defense allowing 2.58 goals per contest. Claudia Marin Samper, who notched her 50th career goal against Quinnipiac last Sunday, leads HU and is first in the conference in assists (8) and second in goals (12) and points (32) behind Delaware’s Greta Nauck. Lauren Saltus is second in the conference in goals against average (1.94) and save percentage (.754), and is fifth in saves (46) in 10 games.