No. 8 Delaware (22-2, 6-0 CAA) vs. No. 4 North Carolina (20-5, 3-3 ACC)
NCAA Championship Final

📅 DATE: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016
🕖 TIME:  
1 p.m. ET
📍 LOCATION: 
L.R. Hill Sports Complex – Norfolk, Va.
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SEMIFINAL 1:  No. 4 North Carolina 2, No. 6 UConn 1 (ot)
SEMIFINAL 2:  No. 8 Delaware 3, No. 14 Princeton 2
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL:  No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Delaware – Sunday, 1 p.m.

ADMISSION 🎟
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.

LAST TIME OUT
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The Blue Hens will make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA National Championship this coming Sunday following Friday’s 3-2 semifinals victory over Princeton at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex. Esmée Peet netted two goals for the Blue Hens, including the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining. With her tallies, the midfielder moves up in the Delaware record books and is now fourth all-time with 119 points and 48 goals. Peet registered the first goal of the game at 15:05 off the penalty corner with assists coming from Maura Zarkoski and Kayla Devlin before Princeton responded just 51 seconds later with a tally from Ryan McCarthy. Kiki Bink gave the Hens the 2-1 advantage in the 55th minute as the defender redirected the shot from Greta Nauck. The Tigers (12-8) would not back down however as Cat Caro connected on a penalty corner in the 67th minute to tie things at 2-2. With a man down due to a yellow card, the Hens found their way back on top as Meghan Winesett sent the ball into a wide-open Peet at the stroke with 1:30 left on the clock. Emmeline Oltmans picked up three saves for the Hens while Bink was credited with a defensive save.

HEN SCRATCHINGS  🐔
     · The Blue Hens are 7-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament action with appearances in 1982, 1988, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
     ·  Including AIAW play, Delaware is 21-13 in post-season action.
     ·  UD last competed in a national championship game in 1978 when the Blue Hens played West Chester in the AIAW (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) title contest under head coach Mary Ann Hitchens. Current North Carolina head coach Karen Shelton was West Chester’s team captain that season.
     ·  Rolf van de Kerkhof, the CAA Coach of the Year, is the first-ever male to serve as the head coach of a NCAA Field Hockey Championship game at the Division I, II or III level.
     ·  With Friday’s win, Delaware improved to 22-2 during its historic season and has now won 18 straight games since losing at Princeton on Sept. 11.
     ·  The Hens own the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I action.
     ·  Delaware is currently the lone Division I team nationally to possess two or fewer losses this season.
     ·  The Blue Hens have scored in 49 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.
     ·  Nauck now sits with 99 career points on 42 goals and 15 assists in just her sophomore campaign.
     ·  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 fourth all-time with 119 career points and 48 career goals. Peet is also sixth with 23 assists.
     ·  Meghan Winesett is tied for 13th for the Hens with 89 career points (34g, 21a).  Her 21 assists are good to tie for seventh.
     ·  Junior goalie Emmeline Oltmans is third all-time with 4415 minutes played, fifth with a 1.87 GAA and ninth with 219 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.

NCAA DIVISION I STATISTICAL TEAM RANKINGS (TOP 25) 📊
      · 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
 
NCAA DIVISION I STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (TOP 25) 📊
      · 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

SERIES INFORMATION  🏑
      ·  The Tar Heels have won six straight over UD as the Hens trail UNC in the series history, 6-1.
     ·  Delaware’s lone win came in a 3-1 victory at home in 1981.
     ·  During the 2014 campaign, No. 2 UNC picked up the 5-1 win over the No. 18 Hens in Newark.
     ·  The two teams have met just once before in NCAA Tournament history as No. 3 North Carolina defeated No. 14 Delaware, 6-2, at Francis E. Henry Stadium in first round action on Nov. 16, 2013.  A freshman at the time, Esmée Peet tallied UD’s first goal of the game while senior Toni Popinko notched the other.
     ·  The Hens are 13-32-1 all-time against current ACC schools.

THE COACHES 📋
     · 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 85-45 (.654) 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.
     · Karen Shelton (West Chester ’79) took over as UNC’s head coach in 1981 and has since led the Heels to national prominence in the form of six NCAA Championships, 10 NCAA runner-up finishes and 34 winning seasons. Now in her 36th season, Shelton carries a career record of 628-158-9 and ranks second in NCAA history in career wins.

ABOUT NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA
The Tar Heels are making their second straight and 17th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship Final and seeking their seventh title in program history. UNC advanced to Sunday’s game after a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against No. 6 Connecticut in the semifinals. The 2015 NCAA runner-up, Carolina was ranked No. 1 at the start of the season and is currently 20-5 overall. The Heels finished ACC play at 3-3 before falling in the title game to Virginia, 4-2.  Lauren Moyer guides UNC with 49 points on 23 goals and three assists while Gab Major is second with 28 points on nine goals and a team-leading 10 assists.  Julia Young, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, has also added 10 assists for the Heels. After platooning for most of the senior, goalie Shannon Johnson has played the entirety of all three NCAA games, earning two complete game shutouts. The senior has posted a GAA of 0.79 with 17 saves (.680) in 16 games played this season.