No. 9 Delaware (15-2, 4-0 CAA) vs. Northeastern (7-9, 1-3 CAA)

📅 DATE:  Friday, October 28, 2016
🕖 TIME:  7 p.m. EDT
📍 LOCATION:  Fred P. Rullo Stadium – Newark, Del.
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No. 9 Delaware (15-2, 4-0 CAA) vs. Drexel (7-9, 2-2 CAA)
📅 DATE: 
Sunday, October 30, 2016
🕖 TIME: 
Noon EDT
Fred P. Rullo Stadium – Newark, Del.
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Delaware will honor seniors Kayla Devlin, Esmée Peet, Marjelle Scheffers, Maura Zarkoski and Meghan Winesett, in addition to senior student athletic trainers Gabby Francis and Erica Witkowski, Sunday in a pre-game ceremony.

In recognition of Friday’s Hall of Fame Ceremony, Erica LaBar Stroud ’04 and other UDFH alumni will be honored during halftime of Sunday’s game.  A four-time All-CAA honoree and two-time All-American and team captain, LaBar finished her career at Delaware with 34 goals and 27 assists for 95 points, a mark that ranked within the Top 10 in each category upon her graduation.

The Blue Hens will honor and recognize select academic advisors Sunday for their efforts and guidance in supporting not only our student-athletes, but the general academic population as a whole.

Delaware field hockey is excited to celebrate the donation and installation of nine locker room plaques on Saturday, which will be a welcome addition to the team’s locker room that was completed last summer. The Blue Hens thank the following for their commitment and continuous support of Delaware field hockey: Fran, Annette and Chuck Orella, Jennifer ’02 and Jesse ‘99 Judy, Marjelle, Riet and Marten-Jan Scheffers, Esmée, Sandra and Maarten Peet, Meghan, Sharon and Archie Winesett, Wayne ‘76 and Veronica Hanby, Natalia, Gail and Joe Maurillo, Cindy Rhoades Ryan ’76 and Sheila Moore Lanzalotto ’88.


The high scoring efforts continued Sunday afternoon for the then-No. 8 Blue Hens as Delaware picked up the 6-1 victory versus No. 19 American at Jacobs Field. Maura Zarkoski led all scorers with a career-high five points on a career-best two goals and an assist. Lisa Giezeman tied a career mark with a season-high two goals while Esmée Peet registered a goal and assist of her own. Meghan Winesett put in Delaware’s other goal of the day. Both keepers made an appearance in the cage once again for the Hens as Emmeline Oltmans recorded two saves in 61 minutes of action while Sydney Rhodes collected one save in the final nine minutes.

     · The No. 9 Blue Hens are currently amidst a program-record 11-game winning streak and sit at 15-2 on the year and 4-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play.
     ·  The Hens are currently one of just six Division I teams nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season.
     ·  Delaware is currently atop the CAA standings and with a win Friday would clinch the regular season title and earn the right to host next weekend’s CAA Tournament.
     ·  The Blue Hens have scored at least three goals in 13 games this season.
     ·  Delaware has scored in 42 straight games since November 2014.
     ·  Lisa Giezeman picked up her first career CAA Player of the Week award after tallying three goals and an assist in wins over Towson and No. 19 American. For the year, Giezeman is second for the Blue Hens with 24 points on nine goals and career-best eight assists.  In just 39 games in a Delaware uniform, Giezeman has accumulated 50 career points on 20 goals and 10 assists.
     ·  Greta Nauck’s 50 points are good for second in Delaware single season history, behind just Casey Howard’s 51 set in 2009.  Her 21 goals are also good for second in single-season history behind Howard’s 22 (2009).
     ·  Nauck’s 77 career points are good for 15th in program history.
     ·  With 193 career saves, junior goalie Emmeline Oltmans bypassed Sarah Scher’s 190 set from 2011-13 and is now 11th all-time for the Blue Hens.
     ·  Esmée Peet is now fifth all-time in program history with 110 career points. Her 44 goals ties her with Anne Wilkinson (1982-85) for sixth all-time for the Hens while her 22 is good for fifth.
     ·  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 – 2nd – .882
      ·  Goals Per Game – 4th – 4.29
      ·  Points Per Game – 4th – 11.88
      ·  Scoring Margin – 4th – 2.47
      ·  Assists Per Game – 5th – 3.29
      ·  Goals Against Average – 21st – 1.72
      ·  Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 2nd – 1.24
      ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 3rd – 2.94
      ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 3rd – .882
      ·  Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 17th – 1.62

     · Delaware is 32-27 all-time against this weekend’s opponents.
     · Dating to the 1991 season, Delaware is 9-18 against Northeastern. The Hens have won four straight versus the Huskies, including a 4-3 decision in Dedham last season.  Greta Nauck led UD with five points on two goals and one assist in the win. In the last meeting at Fred P. Rullo Stadium, UD picked up the 3-2 victory over No. 18 NU.
     ·  The Blue Hens are 23-9 all-time versus Drexel since the first meeting in 1985.  The Dragons have won two straight against Delaware, including a 2-1 upset over the then-No. 14 Blue Hens in Philadelphia last season. In the last matchup in Newark, Drexel pulled out the 1-0 overtime victory in 2014.

     · 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 78-45 (.634) 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.
      · NFHCA Hall of Famer Cheryl Murtagh (New Hampshire ’81) is in her 29th season serving as the head coach of the Northeastern field hockey program and 31st overall as a head coach.  Murtagh is 381-230-10 (.623) all-time at NU and has guided the Huskies to 16 overall NCAA Tournament appearances. She is also two wins shy of 400 for her overall career.
     · Denise Zelenak (West Chester ’91) is in her 22nd season with the Dragons and has recorded 229 wins since taking over the team in 1995.

The Huskies have lost two straight and most recently fell in overtime to No. 16 Wake Forest, 2-1, in Dedham, Mass.  Redshirt junior Jamie Bartucca is the team leader with 19 points and nine goals while senior Natalie Stewart (5g, 8a) and sophomore June Curry-Lindahl (7g, 4a) have each posted 18 points on the year. In total, 12 NU players have registered at least one point for the season. Senior Becky Garner has started all 16 games in the cage for the Huskies while allowing 2.29 goals per with 99 saves (.728).

The Dragons open weekend play at Towson Friday before making the trek to Newark. Most recently, Drexel pulled out a big win last Friday at home on Senior Night over the Hofstra Pride in a CAA battle that pushed the Dragons into sole possession of fourth place in the standings. Led by both seniors Idrienne Walker and Jessica McCarthy, the duo combined for three goals as McCarthy scored twice while Walker tallied a goal and an assist in the win. The three-point night for Walker gives her 24 on the season, which is tops for the Dragons. McCarthy sits tied for second with sophomore Megan Wiest, each at 22 points. Walker and Wiest lead Drexel with 10 goals, the first pair of double-digit scorers for the school since 2012.  Sophomore Erin Gilchrist has started all 16 contests for the Dragons and has allowed 3.18 goals per game with 98 saves (.671).