Roundup: UD field hockey wins CAA tournament title

The Blue Hens are dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive year as No. 8 Delaware topped No. 19 William & Mary, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Fred P. Rullo Stadium in the CAA Championship contest.

“It’s hard,” said UD coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “Winning is fun, but it’s hard. This weekend really proved that to us as a team. But, winning never gets old. Once you get a taste of winning, you want to continue that. We lost some great players to graduation and other people stepped up. That’s been the story of our program the last few years. That allows us to be consistent and a dominating force in the CAA.”

Knotted 0-0 at halftime, senior Taylor Lister scored just 27 seconds into the second half to put UD (15-4) ahead before junior Greta Nauck posted her ninth multi-goal game of the season with tallies in the 54th and 58th minutes.

Lister finished the game with three points after dishing out an assist on Nauck’s first goal while freshman Lotte de Koning and redshirt senior Kayla Devlin also collected assists for the Hens.

“Each year we keep improving and honestly, the CAA has gotten better every year as well,” Lister said. “Each year it’s been a bigger accomplishment because of this. We had great teams here this weekend in William & Mary, Northeastern and James Madison and each game was really a fight.”

Senior Emmeline Oltmans logged her 10th career complete game shutout and finished the contest with two saves while sophomore defender Sarah Horgan notched a defensive save.

Nauck was named the CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Performer for the second straight year while Lister, MacKenzie Meyer and Lisa Giezeman garnered All-Tournament Team accolades.

The shutout victory was the first for Delaware in the CAA Tournament since topping No. 10 Drexel, 1-0, in the 2009 championship matchup.

“It feels amazing honestly,” Devlin said. “We’ve been building our program and to be able to do win five years in a row just solidifies the spot that we’re at and the fact that we’re no longer in the building phase. We’ve built that foundation. We really fed off the energy of the crowd today and it was great to know the support that we have behind us.”

College volleyball

Charleston 3, Delaware 0: The Cougars captured the match by set scores of 25-18, 25-7, 25-22 to improve to 24-4 overall and 13-1 in league play. The Blue Hens fell to 5-20 overall and 3-12 in conference action.

Delaware celebrated Senior Day by honoring seniors Raven Luckett and Daria Robinson prior to their last home match of the season (photos by Jeff Fannon). Robinson led the team with seven kills, while Luckett, a Smyrna High product, contributed three kills and two digs. Sophomore Maria Bellinger contributed six kills, 10 digs and two blocks on the afternoon, while libero Kori Rasmussen also tied for the team lead with 10 digs.

Sophomore Bailey Pearlman posted four digs, while Brooke Robertson, Courtnie Roberts and Julia Hayes contributed two each. Roberts led the team with 13 assists while Abby Skryd contributed 11 assists and five digs.

Girls’ volleyball

Conrad 3, Delmarva Christian 1: In a game which finished late Saturday night, the Royals fell in the second round of the DIAA state tournament.

Set scores were 25-12, 20-25, 25-13, 25-18. Gabrielle Book had six kills, Olivia Berger had 20 assists and Siera Jones made 19 digs to lead Delmarva Christian.

Delmarva Christian ended the season with an overall record of 14-2.

College football

Pair of Wolverines honored: Wesley wide receiver James Okike was named NJAC Offensive Player of the Week and defensive lineman Stefon Woodruff was awarded Defensive Rookie of the Week by the conference for their play in Wesley victory over Salisbury on Saturday.

Okike recorded six receptions for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Woodruff had 11 tackles, a sack, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.

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