No. 8 Delaware (21-2, 6-0 CAA) vs. No. 14 Princeton (12-7, 5-2 Ivy)
NCAA Tournament Semifinals

📅 DATE: 
Friday, November 18, 2016
🕖 TIME:  
4:45 p.m. ET
L.R. Hill Sports Complex – Norfolk, Va.
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SEMIFINAL 1:  No. 4 North Carolina (19-5) vs. No. 6 UConn (22-1) – Friday, 2 p.m.
SEMIFINAL 2:  No. 8 Delaware (21-2) vs. No. 14 Princeton (12-7) – Friday, 4:45 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL:  Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner – Sunday, 1 p.m.

Tournament books are $35 for adults and $15 for youth 17 and younger while individual game tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth 17 and younger. Groups of 10 or more can receive admission for $10 apiece.


The Blue Hens continued to rewrite program history as No. 8 Delaware came from behind to upset No. 1 Duke, 3-2, in overtime Sunday afternoon in NCAA Tournament Second Round action at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The victory was the first-ever for the Hens over a first-ranked team and also the first-ever over the Blue Devils.  With the win, the Hens (21-2) advance to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals to the first time since 1982. Down 2-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, CAA Player of the Year Greta Nauck netted her 30th goal of the year off a penalty corner with assists from Maura Zarkoski and Kayla Devlin. Ally Pollak then tied the game at 2-2 in the 68th minute as she tapped it in at the back post. Devlin assisted on the goal. Just three minutes in to the extra period, Nauck held a breakaway towards the south goal and tapped it in over goalie Sammi Steele from 10 yards out to clinch the victory. Emmeline Oltmans was crucial again for the Hens in the cage as she tied a career-high and set a new program NCAA Tournament record with 11 saves. Steele finished the day with six saves for Duke.

     · The Blue Hens are competing in the NCAA Tournament semifinals for the first time since 1982.
     ·  During the 1982 tournament, Delaware collected First and Second Round wins over Princeton and Temple, respectively, before falling to Connecticut in the semifinals. UD then defeated Penn State in the consolation final.
     ·  Delaware is 6-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament action with appearances in 1982, 1988, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
     ·  UD has won a program-best 17 straight games and 21 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 two Division I teams nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season (UConn).
     ·  The Blue Hens have scored in 48 straight games since November 2014.
     ·  In the past two weeks, 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 3.09 points and 1.35 goals per game this season, Nauck set a new Delaware NCAA Tournament record with four points and two goals at Duke last weekend.
     ·  Rolf van de Kerkhof earned his second CAA Coach of the Year honor earlier this month.
     ·  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 ninth all-time with 98 career points and 42 career goals alongside Missy Meharg (1981-84).
     ·  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 third all-time with 4345 minutes played, fifth with a 1.87 GAA and ninth with 216 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 – .913
     ·  Scoring Margin – 3rd – 2.51
     ·  Goals Per Game – 3rd – 4.09
     ·  Points Per Game – 3rd – 11.3
     ·  Assists Per Game – 4th – 3.13
     ·  Defensive Saves – 12th – 10.0
     ·  Goals Against Average – 13th – 1.49
     ·  Shutouts Per Game – 21st – 0.22
     ·  Save Percentage – 28th - .727
      · Goals Per Game – Greta Nauck – 1st – 1.35
     ·  Points Per Game – Greta Nauck – 1st – 3.09
     ·  Goalie W-L – Emmeline Oltmans – 2nd – .913
     ·  Goals Against Average – Emmeline Oltmans – 11th – 1.36
     ·  Save Percentage – Emmeline Oltmans – 20th –.731

      ·  The series between Delaware and Princeton is knotted at 13-13-3 all-time since the first meeting in 1973.
     ·  Currently riding a 17-game winning streak, UD’s last loss this season came at Princeton on Sept. 11 by a score of 4-2.
     ·  The Hens had previously won two consecutive over the Tigers.
     ·  The Blue Hens are 1-0 over Princeton in the NCAA Tournament. Delaware previously defeated the Tigers, 3-2, in the First Round of the 1982 NCAA Tournament at Temple University in Philadelphia.

     · 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 84-45 (.651) 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.
     · Carla Tagliente (Maryland ’01) is in her first season at Princeton after spending the past five years in the same role at UMass. During her time at UMass, Tagliente averaged nearly 13 wins a season and guided her squad to three Atlantic-10 titles. For her efforts, she was named the 2012 and 2013 A-10 Coach of the Year.

Princeton enters weekend play with an overall mark of 12-7 and received the program’s first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA semifinals as Sophia Tornetta laced a shot into the back of the cage as time expired to lift Princeton to the 3-2 win over No. 7 Virginia. A day earlier, the Tigers used a three-point outing from the Ivy League’s Offensive Player of the Year Cat Caro and a six-save performance from Grace Baylis to drop No. 5 Penn State, 2-1. Caro currently leads the squad with 41 points on 17 goals and seven assists while Ryan McCarthy is second for the Tigers with 31 points on 13 goals and five assists.  Baylis has collected 62 saves (.674) with a GAA of 1.98 in 19 games. Princeton captured the program’s first national championship with a 2-1 decision over No. 1 North Carolina in 2012.