No. 9 Delaware (18-2, 6-0 CAA) vs. No. 20 James Madison (13-6, 4-2 CAA)
📅 DATE: 
Sunday, November 6, 2016
🕖 TIME:  
1 p.m. ET
Fred P. Rullo Stadium – Newark, Del.
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Tickets for Sunday’s championship match 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. Gates will open at Fred P. Rullo Stadium at approximately noon on Sunday, Nov. 6.


Greta Nauck registered her third career hat trick while Michaela Scanlon tallied a career-best two goals Friday afternoon as No. 9 Delaware routed Drexel, 6-1, at Fred P. Rullo Stadium in the first game of the CAA Tournament Semifinals. With the win, the Blue Hens upped their school-record winning streak to 14 games while setting a new single-season school record with their 18th overall victory. Nauck, who was named the 2016 CAA Player of the Year on Thursday, scored two of Delaware’s first half goals while adding an assist in the second half. Scanlon notched the game-winner midway through the first half before posting UD’s final goal of the afternoon in the 52nd minute. Esmée Peet, an All-CAA First Team selection for the fourth straight season, tallied her seventh goal of the year while Taylor Lister, also an All-CAA First Team honoree, added an assist in the win. Emmeline Oltmans held Drexel scoreless with one save in 55 minutes of play before Sydney Rhodes finished the game.

     · The reigning three-time Champion Blue Hens have reached the CAA Tournament for the sixth straight season and seventh time in eight years.
     ·  Old Dominion was the last CAA team to win at least four straight championships when they picked up eight consecutive from 1996-2003.
     ·  Delaware is 13-5 all-time, with a 5-1 mark in the finals round, in the CAA Tournament.
     ·  The Hens have the best winning percentage (.722) in the CAA Tournament amongst all active league schools.
     ·  Delaware has won a program-best 14 straight games and 18 games overall on the year. The 2013 Blue Hens finished the year with a mark of 17-5.
     ·  The Hens own the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I action.
     ·  UD is now 11-0 on the year while winning 13 straight since last season at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.
     ·  The Hens are currently one of just four Division I teams nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season (UConn, Monmouth and Penn State).
     ·  Delaware has scored in 45 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.
     ·  With a program CAA Tournament record three goals Friday, Greta Nauck jumped into 12th place in program history with 90 points on 38 goals (12th) and 14 assists.
     ·  With her goal Friday, Esmée Peet moved into a tie for fifth all-time alongside Carol Miller (1978-81) with 46 career goals.
     ·  Meghan Winesett is tied for 13th for the Hens with 84 career points (32g, 20a).  Her 20 assists are good to tie for ninth.
     ·  Junior goalie Emmeline Oltmans is 11th all-time with 198 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 – 14th – 1.5

      · Delaware and James Madison are tied, 10-10, in the all-time series, which began in 1999.
     ·  In each of the last nine meetings (UD leads, 5-4), and 15 of 20 all-time, the victor needed just one goal to earn the win.
     ·  The Hens have won four of the last five over the Dukes.
     ·  Delaware is 3-1 over James Madison in the CAA Tournament.
     ·  Last season, the Blue Hens picked up the 2-1 overtime victory at JMU to claim their third straight CAA title. Lisa Giezeman scored the game-winning goal with 8:59 left in overtime while Esmée Peet accounted for the other goal.
     ·  In the 2014 CAA Championship game, the Hens clinched the 2-1 win over the Dukes behind goals from Esmée Peet and Michaela Patzner.
     ·  Earlier this season, Lisa Giezeman tipped in the lone tally of the evening off a penalty corner as No. 10 UD defeated No. 20 James Madison, 1-0, in Harrisonburg.

     · 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 81-45 (.643) 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.
     ·Christy Morgan (Old Dominion ’85), the 2015 CAA Coach of the Year, is in her third consecutive season and 12th overall with the Dukes. During her 12-year tenure at JMU, Morgan has posted a record of 172-86-2 (.665). JMU has advanced to the CAA title game nine times under Morgan’s guidance.

The No. 20 and third-seeded Dukes earned a third consecutive berth in the Colonial Athletic Association title game with a 2-0 semifinal win over second-seeded William & Mary (9-10) on Friday night. Freshman Lisa Lejeune scored both goals in the victory, marking her first collegiate multi-goal game. JMU had five players selected for CAA end-of-year honors in Miranda Rigg (First Team), Hannah Hall (First Team), Cassie Hunter (All-Rookie), Florien Sondern (All-Rookie) and Casey O’Donnell (All-Academic).  Rigg guides the Dukes with 32 points on 16 goals while Hall is second with 31 points on a team-leading nine assists and 11 goals.  Sara Kraeutler has started all 19 games between the pipes for JMU and has allowed 2.07 goals per game with 82 saves (.683).