No. 8 Delaware (20-2, 6-0 CAA) vs. No. 1 Duke (16-3, 5-1 ACC)
📅 DATE: 
Sunday, November 13, 2016
🕖 TIME:  
2 p.m. ET
Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium – Durham, N.C.
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GAME 1:  No. 1 Duke 3, No. 10 American 0
GAME 2:  No. 8 Delaware 1, No. 9 Louisville 0
GAME 3:  No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 Delaware – 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.


For the first time since 1982, the University of Delaware field hockey team moved past the NCAA Tournament First Round following a 1-0 victory over No. 9 Louisville Saturday afternoon at Duke’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Maura Zarkoski led Delaware with the lone goal of the afternoon. The midfielder gave the Hens the early lead in the ninth minute as she tapped in the cross from Lisa Giezeman from the right side. Delaware got all four of their shots in the first half as Louisville controlled possession in the second half and outshot the Hens, 11-4, in total.  Emmeline Oltmans was clutch for the Blue Hens with six saves, five of which came in the second half, for her fourth shutout of the season and eighth of her career.

     · With Saturday’s win, the Hens have now won a program-record 16 straight and a total of 20 on the year. The 2013 Blue Hens finished the year with the previous school record mark of 17-5.
     · The Hens own the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I action.
     ·  UD and UConn are currently the lone Division I teams nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season.
     · 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 5-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with appearances in 1982, 1988, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Including the AIAW Tournament, the Hens are 19-13 all-time in postseason play.
     · Prior to Saturday, 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.
     ·  The Hens have scored in 47 straight games since November 2014.
     ·  In the past week and a half, 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 205 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

      ·  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.

     · 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 83-45 (.648) 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.
     ·  A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, Pam Bustin (UMass ’90) has amassed a record of 81-43 (.653) in her six years with the No. 1 Blue Devils. She previously served as the head coach at Louisville and Hofstra.

A goal from sophomore Rose Tynan with 24 seconds left in the first half propelled top-seeded Duke to a 3-0 victory Saturday against No. 19 American and to the NCAA Field Hockey quarterfinals. Graduate student forward Aisling Naughton and junior back Alyssa Chillano tallied second-half scores, while redshirt freshman goalkeeper Sammi Steele picked up her fifth shutout of the campaign.  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.