Several Blue Hens teams launch seasons this weekend
The University of Delaware football team kicked off its season last night at Delaware Stadium with a 51-35 win over Jacksonville, and other athletes at UD will follow suit today as the busy fall campaign gets underway.
The women’s cross country team leads things off this afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals in Emmitsburg, Md. Delaware will be joined by the hosts, along with American, George Washington, Maryland and Navy.
Wendy McFarlane enters her second season as the head coach and sixth overall in Newark. Fourteen letter-winners return from last year’s squad, which finished third at the Colonial Athletic Association championships and eighth in the East Coast Athletic Conference championships.
The Hens’ leading runner is Lindsay Prettyman, a senior who was UD’s top finisher in all seven meets in which she competed last season. The St. Mark’s High School graduate was also the winner of the Lehigh and Delaware invitationals.
Delaware hosts two home meets this year. The Delaware Invitational is Sept. 14 at White Clay Creek State Park and the Blue-Gold Invitational on Oct. 12. The CAA championships will be Nov. 2 at Towson.
More information is available at the team’s website.
The men’s soccer team begins play tonight at 7 p.m. when UNLV visits Newark, followed by Seattle University on Sunday at 1 p.m. This will be the Blue Hens’ first game against both of these opponents. The UNLV game will be cybercast at Hens All-Access.
Coach Ian Hennessy enters his eighth season at the helm of the Blue Hens. He returns 14 letter-winners from a 2012 squad that went 4-11-4 last year. Eight newcomers also join the Hens.
Among the returning players are eight seniors, including Roberto Gimenez, a captain who was second in scoring last year. The leading scorer, sophomore Joe Dipre, also is back. The defense will be anchored by Mark Garrity, who started all 19 games last year, and Tobias Muller, who was the only UD player to earn All-CAA postseason honors in 2012. Jay Lupas, who started 17 games in goal as a freshman last season, is back in net. He had two shutouts.
Delaware will play four of its first five games at home. They open CAA play Oct. 9 at James Madison. All home games are played at the Delaware Mini-Stadium, and admission is free.
For more information, visit the soccer team online.
Finally, after the sun has gone down, the Hens’ volleyball squad opens its season at the Pepperdine Asics Classic in Malibu, Calif.
After a 16-14 season in 2012, the Blue Hens get back to work tonight against the host Waves at 10:30 p.m. ET. They face Wisconsin Saturday at 3:30 p.m., then return to the court at 8 p.m. vs. Iona.
UD, led by 12th-year head coach Bonnie Kenny, features a pair of 2012 CAA All-Rookie Team selections in Mackenzie Olsen and Ariel Shonk. Olsen started all 30 matches last year and was second in the CAA with 10 assists per set. Shonk was the CAA’s Defensive Specialist of the Year and was third-team all-conference.
Two newcomers to the Blue Hens are familiar faces to local high school volleyball fans. Taylor Hollingsworth, a defensive specialist/libero, moves from Ursuline Academy to Delaware, as does Lauren Talley, an all-state outside hitter from St. Mark’s High School.
The Blue Hens were picked to finish third in the conference in the preseason poll.
More is available at the online home for the volleyball team.