Grzenda Tabs Pickard, Dulkis and Thompson as 2011 Women’s Soccer Tri-Captains
Aug. 29, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. –Entering his 22nd season as the only head coach the University of Delaware women’s soccer program has ever known, Scott Grzenda announced his 2011 captains on Monday, including two seniors and a junior.
With a wealth of experience to draw from, Grzenda has named fifth-year senior Amy Pickard, senior Stacie Dulkis and junior Taylor Thompson as his trio of captains for this season.
“All three are strong personalities with a great desire to succeed,” said Grzenda of this year’s captains. “All three have worked their way through injuries and know what sacrifices it takes to be a successful Division I soccer player.”
Pickard (top right), who returns to the team after missing all of 2009 due to an injury, has logged 53 career games, including three this season. Pickard, who hails from Lancaster, Pa. (Lancaster Catholic), has buried 15 goals in her previous three seasons, while adding three assists for 33 points. Her career totals rank her 11th in goals and 15th in points.
Dulkis (middle left) enters her fourth and final season at the University with 50 career games played, including 35 starts. She has logged at least two goals in every season, including a career-high five in 2009. With 11 career markers, Dulkis has posted 22 points over the last three seasons. Dulkis, a native of Mahwah, N.J. (Mahwah High School) has tallied 72 career shots with a career-best 29 in 2009.
Thompson (bottom right), a junior defender from Downingtown, Pa. (Downingtown East), is now in her third season at Delaware. After battling injury for much of last season, playing in just six games after a breakout rookie season, Thompson has already started all three games of 2011. She made 17 starts as a rookie in 2009 and posted her first career point this past Friday evening, getting an assist in a 3-0 win over Stony Brook.
The Blue Hens are 1-2-0 this season. Delaware’s 3-0 win on Friday over Stony Brook at the James Madison University/Fairfield Inn by Marriott Tournament was the 195th victory of Grzenda’s career. He is just five shy of the 200-wins plateau and will be come the 41st NCAA Division I head coach to reach the benchmark.
Delaware is on the road for its next contest this Friday when it makes the short trek from Newark to Philadelphia to take on Saint Joseph’s University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Finnessy Field.