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CAA Field Hockey Weekly Report — Nov. 12

Nov 13, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

Weekly CAA Field Hockey 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.

Selected by CAA Field Hockey Coaches
First Team 
Jonel Boileau, Hofstra
Amy Goldstein, James Madison
Lauren Hibshman, Drexel
Taylor Hodge, William & Mary
Lindsay McArdle, Drexel
Michaela Patzner, Delaware
Esmée Peet, Delaware
Pippin Saunders, William & Mary
Stella Schoen, Hofstra
Natalie Stewart, Northeastern
Taylor West, James Madison
Jantien Gunter, Drexel

Second Team 
Lindsay Bennett, Northeastern
Christina Conrad, Drexel
Chaney Manganello, William & Mary
Kelly Mattingly, Towson
Allie Mikelson, Delaware
Clare O’Malley, Delaware
Loes Stijntjes, James Madison
Jessica Unger, Northeastern
Meghan Winesett, Delaware
Carissa Witmer, Hofstra
Sarah Scher, Delaware

Rookie Team  
Rosalie Becker, James Madison
Becky Garner, Northeastern
Jessica McCarthy, Drexel
Maria Pastor, William & Mary
Esmée Peet, Delaware
Stella Schoen, Hofstra
Natalie Stewart, Northeastern
Jessica Unger, Northeastern
Meghan Winesett, Delaware
Carissa Witmer, Hofstra

Academic Team
Bethany Ashworth, James Madison
Lindsay Bennett, Northeastern
Jonel Boileau, Hofstra
Kristen Focht, Drexel
Taylor Hodge, William & Mary
Kasey Prettyman, Delaware
Kate Williams, Towson

Major Award Winners

Player of the Year: Esmee Peet, Delaware
Defensive Player of the Year: Amy Golstein, JMU
Rookie of the Year: Esmee Peet, Delaware
Co-Coaches of the Year:
Tess Ellis, William & Mary and
Rolf van de Kerkhof, Delaware

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:


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