NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware women's soccer team will
return to the friendly confines of Delaware Mini Stadium for the first
time in 19 days when the Blue Hens host the Saint Joseph's Hawks on
Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
Delaware will then travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. to battle the Long Island
University-Brooklyn Blackbirds on Sunday, Sept.16 at 1 p.m.
Delaware (2-3) enters the final non-conference weekend of the 2012
schedule with its 14th game against Saint Joseph's University (3-3-1).
Since 1999, UD owns a 8-3-2 record against SJU. The meeting is the first
ever with LIU-Brooklyn (1-5).
The Blue Hens split last weekend's games with a 1-0 loss to Loyola and a
2-0 win over Delaware State in the Route 1 Rivalry. Senior Anna Lenczyk
paces the UD team with two goals on the season while senior Ali Miller
and freshman Gina DiTaranto each have a goal apiece. The quartet of
senior Tania Domingos, junior Chelsea Duffy, junior Shannon Kearneym and
freshman Maddy Parker each have an assist this season.
"We are expecting a fast and physical game against Saint Joseph's," said
Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda said. "As a player, these are the
games you anticipate from the beginning of the season."
Saint Joseph's, members of the Atlantic 10 Conference, is riding a
three-game losing streak which has produced a 1-2-1 record on the road
this season. Former Delaware women's soccer standout Jess Reynolds has
led the Hawks woman's soccer program as the Hawks' head coach for the
past 12 years. SJU has 20 letterwinners and nine starters returning from
a club that tallied a 7-7-5 record last season.
"We are very excited about the St. Joseph's game," Delaware head coach
Scott Grzenda said. "It has become a true rivalry as many players know
one another and Jess Reynolds is a UD women's soccer alum."
The Hawks are led by defending A-10 Conference Midfielder of the Year
and All-A10 first team selection, junior Mo Hawkins, who has posted
back-to-back 21 point seasons. In 2011, Hawkins produced nine goals and
three assists en route to a NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region first team
LIU-Brooklyn is the defending Northeast Conference Tournament champions
but the Blackbirds have a three-game losing streak entering weekend
action. Now in her 13th season, head coach Tracey Bartholomew leads a
squad that returns 20 letterwinners and seven starters from a team that
registered a 12-8-1 record and lost to the University of Virginia in the
first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
"This will be our first meeting with LIU-Brooklyn and we are looking
forward to a very competitive game," Grzenda added. "They have been a
very successful team and we are excited to finish up our non-conference
schedule in New York City."
The Blackbirds have the defending NEC Goalkeeper of the Year in senior
Jennifer Bannon, who produced a 1.09 goals against average in 20 games a
year ago. Bannon was also the NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player a year
ago. Junior forward Jen Spicer, a 2011 All-NEC second team selection,
is the team's leading returning scorer after she scored seven goals last
Following the weekend set, the Blue Hens will begin Colonial Athletic
Association action on Friday, Sept. 21 as Delaware hosts the Towson
University Tigers at 7 p.m. at Delaware Mini Stadium.