College Roundup: Blue Hens win CAA field hockey title

The Blue Hens celebrate after beating Northeastern, 2-1, in the CAA field hockey title game on Sunday at Rullo Stadium in Newark. (University of Delaware Sports Information/Mark Campbell)

Delaware used a pair of first-quarter goals to down Northeastern, 2-1, and capture the program’s eighth Colonial Athletic Association title in field hockey on Sunday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.

The championship sends the No. 11 Blue Hens (16-3) to the NCAA Division I Tournament, where they will play at third-ranked Virginia (16-4) on Friday in the opening round. The winner will face the winner of the Maryland-St. Joseph’s matchup.

In Sunday’s CAA finals, the Huskies (11-8) closed within 2-1 on a goal in the third quarter. But Delaware, which held a 15-2 edge in shots, was able to close out the victory.

Junior Lotte de Koning, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, scored her fifth goal of the tourney in the fourth minute to put the Hens on the board first.

In the 15th minute, All-Tournament team performer Femke Strien launched the ball over Northeastern goalie Julia Gluyas from approximately 15 yards out for her 17th goal of the season.

The Blue Hens are 19-6 all-time in the CAA Tournament and 8-2 in the finals.

Strien moved into fourth place in Delaware single-season history with 45 points (17g, 11a). She is also tied for seventh in single-season history alongside Missy Meharg (1983) and Sharon Wilkie (1979) with 17 goals.

Men’s basketball

Delaware 91, UTSA 79: Newcomer Nate Darling exploded for 37 points while fellow guard Kevin Anderson added 32 as Delaware completed a weekend sweep at the Sunshine Slam tournament.

Delaware (4-0), the only Division I team with four victories, shot 51.8 percent from the field including 13-of-25 from three-point range. The Hens also finished 20 of 26 from the foul line.

Darling, a first-year transfer from UAB, went 12 of 19 from the field, including 8-of-10 from three-point range, during his career day. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Anderson also established his career-high by finishing 11 of 18 from the floor and 7 of 8 from the foul line to go with three treys, and joined Darling on the All-Tournament team.

Ryan Allen scored eight points before suffering a sprained ankle in the first half.

Volleyball

Delaware State 3, Norfolk State 2: The Hornets led 2-0 before fighting off a late charge by Norfolk State to defeat the Spartans in a MEAC match.

The Hornets’ win, coupled with a loss by Maryland-Eastern Shore at Howard, moves DSU back into a tie with MDES for fourth place in the MEAC Northern Division standings, although the Hawks hold the tiebreaker. The top four teams in the final regular season division standings qualify for the postseason MEAC tournament later this month.

Ryanne Burnett, Jordan Vang and Sydney Lewis led Delaware State with 11 kills each, while Mayah Ngundam tallied nine. Burnett also tallied 14 digs to record her third double-double of the season. Lewis also tallied five blocks.

DSU’s Freja Gortz led all players with 46 assists, while teammate Jasmal Cruz had a match-high 23 digs, marking the sixth time she has reached 20-or-more this year.

Elon 3, Delaware 0: The Blue Hens dropped the CAA match by scores of 25-18, 26-24, 25-22.

Maria Bellinger had a team-high 12 kills with four digs and two aces while senior Andie Hanus added 16 digs and two assists.

Bowling

DSU takes second at event: The Delaware State bowling team had an impressive showing in the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference meet of the season, finishing second among the 11 conference teams.

Delaware State posted a 7-3 overall record and was second to MDES with an average of 194.7 in 55 games (10,708 total pinfall).

Individually, DSU’s Alexis Neuer was third among 68 competitors with a total pinfall of 1,043 and five game average of 208.6. Neuer topped the 200-mark in three games, including a high of 257, second-best among all scores.

Delaware State’s Stefanny Toala was ninth in the field with a total pinfall of 965 for a five-game average of 193.0 Toala also recorded three 200-yard games, with a high of 211.

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