No. 9 Delaware (17-2, 6-0 CAA) vs. Drexel (9-10, 3-3 CAA)
📅 DATE: 
Friday, November 4, 2016
🕖 TIME: 
3 p.m. ET
Fred P. Rullo Stadium – Newark, Del.
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Tickets for each day of the tournament will be $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 years of age and younger) and seniors (60 years of age and older).  Students of participating CAA institutions will receive free admission by showing a valid student ID. Semifinals tickets are valid for both games on Friday, Nov. 4.  Gates will open at Fred P. Rullo Stadium at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 and at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6.


School records continue to crumble each time the Blue Hens take the field and Sunday was no different as No. 9 Delaware defeated Drexel, 4-1, on a beautiful afternoon at Fred P. Rullo Stadium. Greta Nauck tallied her eighth multi-goal game of the season and en route broke the UD single-season goals record with 24 tallies.  Casey Howard previously held the record of 22, which was set during the 2009 campaign. Meghan Winesett and Ally Pollak also registered goals for the Blue Hens on senior day. Emmeline Oltmans allowed one goal with one save in 63 minutes of play before Sydney Rhodes came in relief to keep a clean sheet. Allison McCardell logged Drexel’s lone goal of the day in the 61st minute.  Erin Gilchrist collected 12 saves as the Dragons fall to 8-10 on the year and 3-3 in the CAA.

     · The reigning three-time Champion Blue Hens have reached the CAA Tournament for the sixth straight season and seventh time in eight years.
     ·  Delaware is 12-5 all-time, with a 6-2 mark in the semifinals round, in the CAA Tournament.
     ·  The Hens have the best winning percentage (.706) in the CAA Tournament amongst all active league schools.
     ·  Delaware has won a program-best 13 straight games while tying the school record with 17 wins while going 6-0 in conference play for just the second time since 1991. The 2013 Blue Hens finished the year with a mark of 17-5.
     ·  UD is now 10-0 on the year while winning 12 straight since last season at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.
     ·  The Hens are currently one of just five Division I teams nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season.
     ·  Delaware has scored in 44 straight games since November 2014.
     ·  Greta Nauck was named Thursday as the CAA Player of the Week while Rolf van de Kerkhof earned Coach of the Year accolades.
     ·  Nauck was joined on the All-CAA First Team list by Esmée Peet, Taylor Lister and Emmeline Oltmans. All-Second Team honors went to Kiki Bink and Lisa Giezeman while Sarah Horgan and Ally Pollak were picked for the All-Rookie Team.  Marjelle Scheffers as chosen as an All-Academic Team selection.
     ·  Esmée Peet is now fifth all-time in program history with 112 career points. Her 45 goals put her sixth all-time for the Hens while her 22 assists are good to tie for fifth.
     ·  Meghan Winesett is tied for 13th for the Hens with 84 career points (32g, 20a).  Her 20 assists are good to tie for ninth.
     ·  Greta Nauck’s 83 points (35g, 13a) are good for 15th all-time while her 35 goals tie her for 12th in program history.
     ·  Junior goalie Emmeline Oltmans is 11th all-time with 197 career saves.
     ·  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.

      · Winning Percentage – 2nd – .895
     ·  Goals Per Game – 4th – 4.21
     ·  Points Per Game – 4th – 11.63
     ·  Scoring Margin – 4th – 2.52
     ·  Assists Per Game – 5th – 3.21
     ·  Goals Against Average – 16th – 1.6
     ·  Defensive Saves – 22nd – 7.0
     ·  Shutouts Per Game – 25th – 0.21
      ·  Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 1st – 1.26
      ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 3rd – 2.95
      ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 3rd – .895
      ·  Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 15th – 1.5

      · The Blue Hens are 24-9 all-time versus Drexel since the first meeting in 1985.
      ·  Just five days ago, Delaware collected the 4-1 win over the Dragons.
      ·  Drexel had previously won two straight over UD, including a 2-1 upset over the then-No. 14 Blue Hens in Philadelphia last season.
      ·  The two teams are knotted at 1-1 in CAA Tournament history.
      ·  In 2012, No. 18 Drexel defeated the Blue Hens, 2-1, in the CAA semifinals in Philadelphia.
      ·  During the 2009 campaign, the No. 16 Hens picked up the 1-0 win over No. 10 Drexel at Buckley Field to claim the program’s second-ever CAA crown.

     · The 2016 CAA Coach of the Year, 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 80-45 (.640) 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.
     · Denise Zelenak (West Chester ’91) is in her 22nd season with the Dragons and has recorded 230 wins since taking over the team in 1995.

The Dragons earned the fourth and final seed in this weekend’s CAA Tournament after finishing the regular season with a 3-3 mark in conference play. Freshman Tess Bernheimer became the first Dragon to be named the CAA Rookie of the Year while she also earned All-CAA First Team and All-Rookie Team accolades Thursday.  The Lewes, Del. native has posted 16 points on six goals and four assists for Drexel this season.  Senior Jessica McCarthy was also named to the First Team while senior Idrienne Walker and sophomore Megan Wiest were Second Team selections. McCarthy has tallied 22 points on seven goals and eight assists this season while Walker (10g, 6a) and Wiest (12g, 4a) hold the team lead with 26 points. Sophomore Erin Gilchrist has started all 18 contests for the Dragons and has allowed 3.10 goals per game with 110 saves (.675).