No. 8 Delaware (19-2, 6-0 CAA) vs. No. 9 Louisville (15-5, 3-3 ACC)
📅 DATE: 
Saturday, November 12, 2016
🕖 TIME:  
2 p.m. ET
Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium – Durham, N.C.
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GAME 1:  No. 19 American (14-6) at No. 1 Duke (15-3) – Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
GAME 2:  No. 8 Delaware vs. No. 9 Louisville – Saturday, 2 p.m.
GAME 3:  Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets for this weekend’s NCAA Tournament contests in Durham will be available outside the stadium for a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Fan parking will be available in the 705 Broad Street parking lot, located across the street from Jack Katz Stadium. Parking for persons with disabilities will be available in the Brodie Gym parking lot.


Backed by two goals each from tournament Most Outstanding Player Greta Nauck and Meghan Winesett, the Blue Hens captured their fourth straight CAA Tournament title Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 triumph over James Madison in front of an enthusiastic Fred P. Rullo Stadium crowd. The top-seed and then-No. 9 Blue Hens (19-2) extended their winning streak to 15 straight games as they knocked off the third-seeded and then-No. 20 Dukes (13-7) in the league title game for the third straight season. Nauck got things started with a goal off a penalty corner just 7:45 into the game, taking feeds from Esmée Peet and Maura Zarkoski to complete the play. Just three minutes later, Winesett scored off a rebound from 10 yards out to up the lead to 2-0. James Madison cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Florien Sondern 14 minutes into the second half, but the Hens quickly ended the comeback threat as Nauck scored her second goal of the game from just inside the circle off a feed from Kiki Bink just over three minutes later. Winesett provided the insurance with her second goal of the game and eighth of the season on a tap-in after passes from Kayla Devlin and Lister with 50 seconds remaining. Emmeline Oltmans finished the game with one save and now has 199 for her career.

     · Entering their fourth straight and eighth overall NCAA Tournament, the Blue Hens look to avenge a heart-breaking 4-3 overtime loss at No. 4 Virginia during first round action of the 2015 Tournament.
     · Ranked at No. 9 in the past two weeks, the Blue Hens return to the eighth slot in the NFHCA Coaches Poll with 451 points.
     ·  Delaware is 4-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with appearances in 1982, 1988, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
     · UD’s last win in the NCAA Tournament came with a 1-0 decision over Liberty in the 2013 Play-In game at Fred P. Rullo Stadium.
     ·  Delaware has won a program-best 15 straight games and 19 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.
     ·  Delaware is currently one of just three Division I teams nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season (UConn and Penn State).
     ·  The Hens have scored in 46 straight games since November 2014.
     ·  In the past week, Greta Nauck has been named the CAA Player of the Year, CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week. The nation’s leader with 3.19 points and 1.38 goals per game this season, Nauck set a new Delaware CAA Tournament record by netting her third career hat trick while adding an assist in the team’s semifinal win over Drexel. She followed with a pair of goals in Sunday’s title win.
     ·  Rolf van de Kerkhof earned his second CAA Coach of the Year honor.
     ·  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 tied for fourth all-time alongside Casey Howard (2005-09) with 115 career points and tied for fifth with Carol Miller (1978-81) and 46 career goals. Peet is also sixth with 23 assists.
     ·  In just her second season in a Blue Hens uniform, Greta Nauck has jumped into a tie for 11th all-time with 94 career points and 10th overall with 40 career goals.
     ·  Meghan Winesett is 14th for the Hens with 88 career points (34g, 20a).  Her 20 assists are good to tie for 11th.
     ·  Junior goalie Emmeline Oltmans is 11th all-time with 199 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 – .905
      ·  Scoring Margin – 2nd – 2.66
      ·  Goals Per Game – 3rd – 4.29
      ·  Points Per Game – 3rd – 11.81
      ·  Assists Per Game – 3rd – 3.24
      ·  Goals Against Average – 16th – 1.54
      ·  Defensive Saves – 18th – 8.0
      ·  Shutouts Per Game – 25th – 0.19
      ·  Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 1st – 1.38
     ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 1st – 3.19
     ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 3rd – .905
     ·  Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 13th – 1.4

      · Delaware is 7-10 all-time against this weekend’s competitors.
     ·  The Blue Hens hold the 2-1 advantage over the Cardinals with wins coming in 2002 (3-2; at Louisville) and 2004 (1-0; OT at Michigan State). Ironically, Delaware’s lone loss to UofL came in 2009 (5-2) as a part of the Duke Champions Classic in Durham.
     ·  UD is 0-9 overall versus Duke since the first meeting in 1998. Last season, the No. 12 Blue Hens dropped the 5-1 contest to the No. 6 Blue Devils in Durham.
     ·  Delaware has outscored American, 26-2, for an all-time mark of 5-0 over the Eagles. Just three weeks ago, the Hens secured the 6-1 victory in Washington, D.C. Maura Zarkoski led all scorers with a career-high five points on a career-best two goals and an assist.

     · 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 82-45 (.646) 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.
     · Justine Sowry (South Australia ’96) is also in her sixth season at the helm of the No. 9 Cardinals and is 80-40 (.667) all-time at Louisville after spending four years at UMass.
     ·  A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, Pam Bustin (UMass ’90) has amassed a record of 80-43 (.650) in her six years with the No. 1 Blue Devils. She previously served as the head coach at Louisville and Hofstra.
      ·  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 No. 19 Eagles where he has registered a 231-122 (.654) career record.

The Cardinals enter this weekend’s NCAA Tournament ranked ninth in this week’s NFHCA Poll after falling, 3-2, to No. 5 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Nov. 3. Louisville held a 2-0 lead in the first half before the Tar Heels delivered three unanswered goals, including the game-winner with no time remaining on the clock. As a team, the Cards are ranked fifth nationally with 3.05 assists per game, sixth with 1.23 GAA and seventh with .769 save percentage. Goalie Ayeisha McFerran, an All-ACC First Team honoree, currently stands eighth nationally with a .760 save percentage and is ninth with a 1.28 goals against average. An All-ACC Second Team selection, senior Erin McCrudden is second in the nation with 0.9 assists per game. Nicole Woods, Lizzie Gittens and Minout Mink also earned second team accolades.  Mink, amidst an impressive rookie campaign, leads the Cardinals with 15 goals, a school record for a freshman.

For the first time in program history, the Blue Devils received the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship and will serve as one of four regional host sites for the first and second rounds of action.  Duke compiled a 15-2 record during the regular season while garnering the program’s first ACC regular season title with a mark of 5-1 before falling to North Carolina, 3-2, in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Alyssa Chillano and Heather Morris received All-ACC First Team accolades while Aisling Naughton was a Second Team pick. Chillano leads the Blue Devils with 27 points (11g, 5a) while Morris (11g, 3a) and Naughton (10g, 5a) are second with 25. Freshman midfielder Margaux Paolino recently set the program’s freshman assist record at 13 and ranks fourth nationally with 0.72 per game. Goalie Sammi Steele has started all 18 games for Duke and has picked up 66 saves at a clip of .733 while allowing 1.37 goals per game.

The Eagles (14-6) advanced to this weekend’s action following a 2-1 victory over Kent State in Wednesday’s Play-In game. AU took home the Patriot League Tournament title Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Boston University.  Natalie Konerth, the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year and an All-Patriot League First Team selection, guides American with 29 points on 14 goals and one assist. Rafaela Rubas, also an All-Patriot League First Team honoree, is next in line with 25 points on nine goals and a team-leading seven assists. Angela Virtu also garnered First Team accolades while Leah DiGiandomenico and Rachel Stefano were Second Team picks. Maura Jacobs has been a constant in the cage for the Eagles with 73 saves (.709) and a 1.74 GAA.