Blue Hens Capture 2013 CAA Field Hockey Title
#1 DELAWARE 5, #3 NORTHEASTERN 1
NEWARK, Del. (Nov. 10, 2013) - Top-seeded Delaware used five goals from five different players to defeat third-seeded Northeastern, 5-1, in Sunday's 2013 CAA Field Hockey Championship Game at Rullo Stadium in Newark, Del.
Delaware, currently ranked No. 17 in Division I, improved to 16-4 on the year and captured the school's third CAA Field Hockey Championship and first since 2009. The Blue Hens posted a perfect 6-0 in league play to earn their first regular season title and also hosted their first CAA field hockey championship this weekend.
UD claims the CAA's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Tournament and finds out its future destination and opponent during tonight's selection show on NCAA.com at 10:00 p.m.
"This is a great group of players that feed the ball to each other, assist each other and score goals for each other," Third-year UD coach Rolf van de Kerkhof said. "We play defense as a team and offense as a team. If we stick to our game plan, we have a chance to be very competitive and perhaps very dangerous.”
UD received goals from Esmee Peet, Michaela Patzner, Meghan Winesett, Kasey Prettyman and Maddie O’Beirne.
After a slow start in Friday’s semifinal win over William & Mary, the Blue Hens came out firing versus NU on Sunday. UD had eight penalty corners in the first half alone and started with one less than a minute in, as Peet collected a feed from Allie Mikelson and ripped home a shot past Garner at the 54-second mark for a 1-0 lead.
Nearly two minutes later, Prettyman, a senior, waited near the front of the net on a corner and easily tipped in a rebound to push the lead to 2-0. In similar fashion yet again, O’Beirne scored on a corner at 18:26, after finding a crease past a diving Garner.
Less than one minute before halftime, Winesett, who was named to the CAA All-Rookie and second team, blasted a shot into the upper netting from 15 yards out for the unassisted tally and 4-0 Blue Hens advantage.
In the second half, the Blue Hens dictated the play thanks to their large lead. Goalkeeper Sarah Scher made a couple of highlight saves and finished with four overall. The senior was named Most Outstanding Player of the championship, allowing a total of just three goals over the weekend.
"This is amazing," added Scher. "We came out so strong today and as a team, our main thing was to come out 23 strong for tournament play and we did just that. Everybody came out and executed and that’s all you can ask for. I’ve always had my teammates to support me and keep me going every single day, so I have everybody to share this MVP award with."
Patzner added some extra insurance for the hosts with 12-plus minute’s remaining, collecting a rebound from 12 yards for the put-back score. It was her team and conference-leading 16th goal of the season.
Northeastern, which scored twice in the second half to defeat Drexel on Friday night, could not dig itself out of the deficit. With seven-plus minutes remaining, though, Bennett stepped up and provided the lone goal after a nice assist from Zoe Kale. It was the senior’s 11th of the season.
Also joinging Scher on the All-Tournament team were Winsett, Patznet and Prettyman from the Blue Hens, as well as Bennett, Garner and Natalie Stewart from the Huskies. Drexel's Lindsay McArdle and Lauren Hibshman and William & Mary's Jesse Ebner and Chaney Manganello were also honored on the All-Tournament squad.
Delaware outshot the Huskies, 17-9 and recorded an 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.
"I’m speechless right now," Prettyman said. "I’ve been preparing the last four years for this and it’s unreal. All of the sprints and hard practices that made you want to quit; it’s all worth it right now. As seniors, if we had lost today, it would have been our last game ever. Everything is paying off and I’m just happy to continue this journey."
2013 CAA FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Rullo Stadium- Newark, Del.
Semifinal 1: #4 William & Mary 2, #1 Delaware 4
Semifinal 2: #3 Northeastern 2, #2 Drexel 0
CAA Championship: #1 Delaware 5, #3 Northeastern 1
2013 ALL-CAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD HOCKEY TEAM
Player, School Cl. Pos.
*Sarah Scher, Delaware (MOP) Sr. GK
Meghan Winesett, Delaware Fr. F
Michaela Patzner, Delaware So. M
Kasey Prettyman, Delaware Sr. F
Lindsay McArdle, Drexel Sr. M/F
Lauren Hibshman, Drexel So. M/B
Lindsay Bennett, Northeastern Sr. F
Natalie Stewart, Northeastern Fr. M
Becky Garner, Northeastern Fr. GK
Jesse Ebner, William & Mary R-Jr. D/M
Chaney Manganello, William & Mary Sr. M/D
*Most Outstanding Player