No. 8 Delaware (13-2, 3-0 CAA) at Towson (2-13, 0-3 CAA)

📅 DATE:  Friday, October 21, 2016
🕖 TIME:  6 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Johnny Unitas® Stadium – Towson, Md.
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No. 8 Delaware (13-2, 3-0 CAA) at No. 19 American (10-4, 4-0 Patriot)
📅 DATE: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016
🕖 TIME: 
1:30 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION: 
Jacobs Field – Washington, D.C.
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LAST TIME OUT  👀
Greta Nauck scored off a penalty corner in double overtime to give No. 8 Delaware a 3-2 victory over Penn Sunday afternoon at Fred P. Rullo Stadium. Just 59 seconds into the second overtime session, Nauck collected a pass from Marjelle Scheffers and blasted a shot past Quakers goalkeeper Liz Mata to give the Blue Hens their ninth straight victory. Nauck opened the scoring in the 12th minute when she scored a penalty corner goal from 15 yards out, while nine minutes later Meghan Winesett scored her fourth goal of the year by tipping in a long pass from from five yards out to make it a two-goal game. Delaware dominated a majority of play by holding a commanding 32-8 shot advantage, as Mata made 14 saves for the Quakers while Blue Hen goalkeeper Emmeline Oltmans stopped just two shots in the cage.

HEN SCRATCHINGS  🐔
     · With a nine-game winning streak and overall mark of 13-2, Delaware held steady at No. 8 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Blue Hens collected 567 points to remain at the No. 8 slot for the second consecutive week.
    ·  The Hens are currently one of just six Division I teams nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season.
     ·  Delaware’s nine-game streak the program’s longest single-season winning streak along with the 1998 and 2009 squads.
     ·  The Blue Hens have scored at least three goals in 11 games this season.
     ·  Delaware has scored in 40 straight games since November 2014.
     ·  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 15 games this season, she has registered a team-best and CAA-leading 45 points (19g, 7a) on 90 shots.
     ·  Nauck’s 45 points are good for second in Delaware single season history, behind just Casey Howard’s 51 set in 2009.  Her 19 goals are also good for third in single-season history behind Howard’s 22 (2009) and Michele Rosenbaum’s 20 (1988).
     ·  Nauck’s 72 career points are good to tie for 16th in program history alongside Katie Evans (2003-06).
     ·  With 189 career saves, junior goalie 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 – 2nd – .867
     ·  Goals Per Game – 4th – 4.0
     ·  Points Per Game – 4th – 10.87
     ·  Scoring Margin – 8th – 2.01
     ·  Assists Per Game – 10th – 2.87
     · Defensive Saves – 22nd – 5.0
 
NCAA DIVISION I STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (TOP 25) 📊
      ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 3rd – 3.0
     ·  Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 3rd – 1.27
     ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 3rd – .681
     ·  Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 18th – 1.71

SERIES INFORMATION  🏑
     · Delaware is 37-5-1 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
     · The Blue Hens hold a commanding 33-5-1 lead in the all-time series and have won five straight over the Tigers.  Last season, Greta Nauck logged her first career hat trick in addition to an assist for a season-high seven points. In total, four players posted multiple points as No. 15 Delaware cruised to a 9-0 victory over Towson at Fred P. Rullo Stadium. In the last meeting at Towson, the Hens came from behind to defeat the Tigers, 2-1, in 2014.
     ·  UD has outscored American, 20-1, for an all-time mark of 4-0 over the Eagles in competition from 1981-84.

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 76-45 (.628) 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.
      · Delaware alumna Carly Campana ’05 is in her fourth season along the sidelines for the Towson field hockey program.  Campana was a midfielder for the Blue Hens 2004 CAA Championship squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  She was also an assistant coach for UD under Carol Miller during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
     ·  Steve Jennings (Maryland ’97), a member of the NFHCA Hall of Fame and USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, is currently in his 18th season with the Eagles where he has amassed a 228-120 (.655) career record.

ABOUT TOWSON
The Tigers are 2-13 on the year and seeking their first win over a CAA opponent since 2011. TU, which has lost seven straight since September 18, currently leads the nation with 13.19 saves per game. Individually, Emilee Woodall averages 11.00 saves per game, the second-most amongst Division I goalkeepers. Her save percentage of .764 is good for ninth nationally. Lexi Butler guides the Tigers with eight points on three goals and two assists while Sabrina Davis has also registered three goals for six points.

ABOUT NO. 19 AMERICAN
The Eagles moved up to No. 19 in the latest NFHCA Coaches Poll as American has won three straight and four of the last five. Most recently, then-No. 20 AU survived a late rally by Drexel to pick up the 4-3 win in Philadelphia. Rafaela Rubas finished the game with a hat trick and currently leads the Eagles with 20 points on eight goals and four assists.  Natalie Konerth holds the team lead with nine goals to go along with an assist for 19 points while Natalie Marsh and Jess Davis have each dished out five assists. Maura Jacobs has started 11 of American’s games in the cage and has allowed 1.74 goals per game with 58 saves at a clip of .742.