No. 8 Delaware (12-2, 3-0 CAA) vs. Penn (9-3, 3-1 Ivy)

📅 DATE:  Sunday, October 16, 2016
🕖 TIME:  1 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Fred P. Rullo Stadium
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LAST TIME OUT  👀
No. 9 Delaware continues to dominate opponents as the Hens trounced Hofstra, 7-2, in CAA action last Sunday afternoon at Fred P. Rullo Stadium. It was once again a complete team effort as 12 Hens picked up at least one point on the day. Greta Nauck led the way with two goals and an assist to up her league-leading point total to a career-high mark of 41. Delaware (12-2, 3-0 CAA) also saw multiple point games from Kayla Devlin, Maura Zarkoski and Meghan Winesett. Devlin finished the afternoon with two goals while Winesett notched a goal and assist and Zarkoski dished out two helpers. The Hens outshot Hofstra, 23-6, and also held a 10-2 margin in penalty corners. Emmeline Oltmans and Sydney Rhodes split time in the cage and each tallied a save.

HEN SCRATCHINGS  🐔
     · Following the best start in program history since 1988, the University of Delaware field hockey team continues move ahead in the national polls as the Blue Hens ranked No. 8 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.
     ·  Delaware received 500 total points to advance from last week’s No. 9 spot. Previously, the Hens had not been ranked within the Top 10 since 1998 when the Hens reached as high as a No. 6 ranking. 
     ·  UD is just one of seven Division I squads nationally to possess just two or fewer losses this season. 
     ·  The Blue Hens are 12-2 to start the year for the first time since 1988 when Delaware opened with a mark of 12-1-1.
     ·  The Hens have now scored in 39 straight games dating back to November 2014.
     ·  Greta Nauck garnered CAA Player of the Week, NFHCA Division I Weekly Honorable Mention and Synapse Sports Division I Weekly Honor Roll accolades this week after tallying three goals and two assists for eight points in wins over No. 10 Michigan and Hofstra.
     ·  Nauck has cruised past her point and goal totals from a year ago, where she posted 27 points (11g, 5a) with 70 shots in 22 games during her freshman year in which she was named a Regional All-American.  Through 14 games this season, she has registered a team-best and CAA-leading 41 points (17g, 7a) on 77 shots.
     ·  With 187 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 107 career points. Her 43 goals ties her with Melissa Hefner (1993-96) for seventh all-time for the Hens 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.

NCAA DIVISION I STATISTICAL TEAM RANKINGS (TOP 25) 📊
      ·  Winning Percentage – 4th – .857
      ·  Goals Per Game – 4th – 4.07
      ·  Points Per Game – 4th – 11.07
      ·  Scoring Margin – 10th – 2.11
      ·  Assists Per Game – 10th – 2.93
      ·  Defensive Saves – 17th – 5.0
 
NCAA DIVISION I STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (TOP 25) 📊
      ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 3rd – 2.93
      ·  Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 4th – 1.21
      ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 5th – .857
      ·  Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 21st – 1.72

SERIES INFORMATION  🏑
     · Delaware is 16-9 all-time against Penn since the first matchup in 1980.
     ·  The Blue Hens won the last meeting between the two teams by a tally of 2-1 in Newark on October 15, 2010.
      ·  Penn’s last win came on October 10, 2007, also in Newark, by a score of 3-2.

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 75-45 (.625) 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.
      ·  Colleen Fink (Saint Joseph’s ’00) is in her seventh season with the Quakers and currently holds a record of 59-44 at Penn.

ABOUT PENN
The Quakers picked up their third straight win Friday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Columbia to improve to 9-3 on the year and 3-1 in Ivy League action. Four different players recorded goals for Penn while eight total Quakers provided points in the win. Two of Penn’s three losses this season came to the top teams in the nation at the time in North Carolina and Syracuse. Alexa Hoover leads the Quakers with 22 points on eight goals and six assists while Paige Meily has also dished out six assists on the year. Elise Tilton and Sofia Palacios have each also tallied five goals for Penn. Liz Mata has seen 820 minutes in the cage and has allowed 1.71 goals per game with 51 saves at a clip of .718.