Local roundup: 11th-ranked Blue Hens edge Penn 1-0 in field hockey

An early goal from freshman Morgan Rigual proved to be the difference Sunday afternoon as No. 11 Delaware topped Penn, 1-0, in field hockey at rainy Ellen Vagelos Field.

Rigual connected with sophomore Bo van Hunnik in the eighth minute and shot it in from the left side for her first career goal.

The shutout was the fifth of the season for the Hens (10-3) and senior goalie Sydney Rhodes, who collected two saves against the Quakers.

The Hens have won five straight and are now 20-9 all-time against Penn. Delaware has reached double figure wins for the seventh straight year and for the 33rd time overall in its 49th season.

College soccer

WOMEN, Delaware 1, Towson 0: Sophomore Sara D’Appolonia scored her second game-winner in the past three games as the Blue Hens picked up a CAA win in double overtime.

The win clinched a second consecutive CAA Tournament berth for the Hens (5-2 CAA, 10-6 overall), marking the first time in six years that Delaware has reached the postseason in back-to-back seasons. The five CAA wins and 10 overall victories are also UD’s highest total since the 2011 season.

College football

Wesley’s Mullin earns NJAC honor: Wesley College quarterback Jon Mullin was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday.

The senior led No. 15 Wesley to a 45-7 NJAC road win at William Paterson. Mullin completed 23-of-32 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns.

His 365-yard performance marks the most passing yards by an NJAC player in a game this year, while it was the second straight week in which he has thrown for three TDs. Mullin currently leads the NJAC in pass efficiency (178.7).

College volleyball

North Carolina A&T 3, Delaware State 0: Wrapping up a road stretch of five matches in nine days, the Hornets fell to MEAC South leader North Carolina A&T.

The scores were 25-10, 25-16 and 25-19. The Aggies (8-0 MEAC, 10-12 overall) won their eighth straight match while the Hornets (3-5 MEAC, 8-15 overall) went 1-4 during the road trip.

The Hornets posted a season-low -.069 hitting percentage in the match, recording just 22 kills and tied a season-high with 28 errors on 87 attacks. Delaware State’s Freja Gortz led all players with 20 assists, while DSU’s Jasmal Cruz tied for match-high honors with 10 digs.

Northeastern 3, Delaware 0: The Blue Hens dropped a three-set contest to the Huskies, 16-25, 17-25, 23-25, in a CAA match.

Senior Maria Bellinger led everyone on the floor with 13 kills to go along with seven digs and two blocks while freshman Lani Mason followed with nine kills, eight digs and a season-high four aces.

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