CAA Field Hockey Weekly Report -- Nov. 12
RICHMOND, Va. (November 12, 2013) - It was a season of ‘firsts’ for the Delaware Blue Hens, who captured their first ever CAA regular season title, hosted their first CAA Championship this past weekend, and finished league play undefeated for the first time ever (6-0).
Highlights from the championship weekend inlcude:
•UD erupting for nine total goals, defeating fourth-seeded William & Mary (4-2) and third-seeded Northeastern, 5-1, in Sunday’s title game.
•The Blue Hens, who won their third overall league title and first since 2009, were extremely balanced over the championship weekend. Freshman Esmee Peet had one goal and one assist in each game, sophomore Michaela Patzner scored two goals and dished out two assists and freshman Meghan Winesett had two goals and one assist over both wins.
•Senior GK Sarah Scher was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Player after notching 12 saves and allowed just three goals. She ranks fifth in D-I in goalie win-loss percentage (.800) and is 17th in goals against average (1.40). Scher has also started 25 consecutive games dating back to last season.
•Delaware, currently ranked No. 14, is tied for the program record for single-season wins (16) and went 10-1 at home (Rullo Stadium) this season.
•Drexel entered this year’s CAA championship as the No. 2 seed and defending champion, but fell to Northeastern, 2-0, in Friday’s second semifinal. The Dragons, who were ranked in the top-20 for five weeks during the season, finished the year with a 13-7 mark.
•Northeastern utilized two second half goals to defeat Drexel on Friday, while Kelly Dunn and Emmy Zweserijn both accounting for each tally. The Huskies, who had made the NCAA Tournament each of the previous two seasons, also appeared in their third straight CAA title game.
All-Conference Worthwhile Numbers:
Delaware led all schools with a total of nine selections across each all-conference squad, followed by Northeastern (7), Drexel (6), Hofstra (6), James Madison (5), William & Mary (5) and Towson (2). A total of 10 players who made all-conference honors come from countries outside the United States.
CAA, NCAA Tournament Tidbits:
• It is the first year since 2010 and just the fourth time since 2004 that the CAA has had just one team earn a bid into the NCAA tourney.
• Delaware is 0-2 in its only two previous NCAA postseason appearances while in the CAA, falling to Maryland, 5-2, in 2004 and Michigan State, 7-0, in 2009. Ironically, current head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof was the coach of MSU in 2009.
• UD is just the third CAA team to ever host an NCAA Tournament game and just the second team since 2002 to accomplish such a feat. The other CAA schools who have hosted an NCAA game are James Madison and former league member, ODU.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Liberty at No. 14 Delaware* 2:00 p.m.
*NCAA Play-In Game - Winner Faces #3 Seed North Carolina In Chapel Hill, N.C., on Nov. 16.
Last Week’s Results:
CAA CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTED BY DELAWARE
November 8 - Semifinals
#1 (No. 17) Delaware 4, #4 William & Mary 2
#3 Northeastern 2, #2 Drexel 0
November 10 - CAA Title Game
#1 (No. 17) Delaware 5, #3 Northeastern 1