A three-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, University of Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne was honored again Tuesday as the CAA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Delle Donne was one of five winter sports student-athletes who were among the best in their sports both athletically and academically selected by the CAA.
The conference honors one Scholar-Athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners were selected by a vote of the media relations directors at each CAA institution.
A human services major, Delle Donne was selected as the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in women’s basketball for the second year in a row, becoming only the fourth person to receive that honor in consecutive seasons. Additionally, she is a four-time member of the CAA All-Academic first team.
On the court, Delle Donne received first-team All-America accolades for the second year in a row and is a finalist for several national Player of the Year awards.
Delle Donne helped lead the No. 15 Blue Hens to a 32-4 overall record this season with back-to-back CAA titles and a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance for the first time in school history. She ranked second in the nation with 26.0 points per game and scored 30 or more points in eight games this season. Delle Donne holds CAA career records for points, field goals, free throws, free throws attempted and blocks in addition to finishing fifth all-time in NCAA history with 3,039 career points.
Also earning Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for their respective sports were William& Mary redshirt junior Kyle Gaillard (men’s basketball), William & Mary junior Andrew Strait (men’s swimming and diving), Towson junior Melanie Rowland (women’s swimming and diving), and Hofstra senior Steve Bonnano (wrestling).
The University of Delaware baseball team will look for its 13th straight victory when the Blue Hens travel south to tackle the UMBC Retrievers in a non-conference, mid-week contest today, Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at UMBC’s Baseball Factory Field.
Delaware (22-8, 9-3 Colonial Athletic Association) owns a 3-3 road record this season while UMBC (8-14, 4-8 America East) has a 4-3 home mark. UD has won four-straight games over UMBC and has a 36-13 record since the series started in 1981.
The Blue Hens will turn to right-handed pitcher Dan Gatto (1-1, 4.39 earned-run average) while the Retrievers hand the ball to righty Riley Stephenson (1-4, 7.56 ERA).
This will be the second meeting between Delaware and UMBC this season as the Hens seized a 12-4 win over the Retrievers on Mar. 5 in Newark.
Jimmy Yezzo hit two home runs with four RBI while Jake Clark added his first home run of the season in the win.
Joe Giacchino and Zach Lopes each tallied three hits in the game. Connor Hibbs earned his first win as a Blue Hen after the right-hander held UMBC to two runs (one earned) on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.
Delaware sits second in the CAA with a 9-3 conference record while UMBC’s has a 4-8 conference record that puts the Retrievers tied for fifth in the America East.
UD’s offense ranks second in the CAA with a .335 team-batting average.
Yezzo owns the longest on-base streak in the country at 42 games and has the third-highest batting average in the conference (.444). He also leads the CAA in doubles (18), RBI 42) and total bases (98) while sitting second in the conference in hits (55), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.790).
Nick Ferdinand is second in the CAA in RBI (34), third in slugging percentage (.679), fourth in home runs (6), and fifth in total bases
(76) and doubles (11). DJ Long is in the top five of the conference in home runs (5) and doubles (11).
Brock Niggebrugge owns an 11-game hitting streak and is hitting .512 during that span while Joe Giacchino has an eight-game hitting streak.
In 32 games, the Hens pitching staff is fourth in the CAA with a 4.23 ERA. Reigning CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week, Matt Soren, is second in the conference opponent batting average (.201) and third in ERA (1.69).
Starter Chad Kuhl is second in the CAA in wins (5) and third in innings pitched (57.2).
UMBC is last in the America East with a .205 (142-for-694) team batting average. Kevin LaChance leads the team with a .316 batting average and paces the Retrievers with 25 hits. Rob McCabe leads the team with 11 runs scored and second on the squad with 17 hits.
The Retrievers pitching staff is fourth in the America East conference with a 4.64 ERA in 22 games. Reliever Kevin Ladner owns a 1-0 record and leads the team with a 1.93 ERA in 11 appearances. Relievers John Cohn and Mike Gomez have combined for a 2.99 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 22 appearances.
Delaware will return to CAA competition on Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m.
when the Blue Hens travel to Wilmington, N.C. to battle the UNCW Seahawks in a three-game weekend series at Brooks Field.
The University of Delaware women’s basketball squad continues to celebrate its historic 2012-13 season and Blue Hens fans have the opportunity to join them when the team gathers for its annual UD Basketball Awards Banquet on Monday, Apr. 22.
The entire Delaware team and coaching staff will be on hand to celebrate the season as various team and individual awards will be presented, seniors will be recognized, and photographic and video features highlighting the season will be shown.
The event will take place at the Executive Banquet and Conference Center on 205 Executive Drive in Newark. A reception with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10.
To reserve your tickets to the event, contact Linda Brock by phone at
The No. 15 ranked Blue Hens completed the finest season in school history in 2012-13 for head coach Tina Martin as the Blue Hens posted a record of 32-4, went undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association play for the second straight season on the way to another league tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
Delaware knocked off West Virginia and No. 13 ranked North Carolina at home in the first two rounds to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The Blue Hens battled No. 7 Kentucky down to the final horn in the regional semifinals before dropping a 69-62 decision.
The team featured seven seniors, including consensus first team All-American and national Player of the Year candidate Elena Delle Donne. A four-time All-American and three-time CAA Player of the Year, Delle Donne averaged 26.0 points per game this season and finished her illustrious career as the No. 5 all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history with 3,039 points.
The senior class also included three-time All-CAA selection Lauren Carra, Delaware’s all-time leading rebounder Danielle Parker, standout guards Kayla Miller, Trumae Lucas, and Jaquetta May, and forward Chelsea Craig.
Sophomore Caitlin McCartney continued her stellar play this season as the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team posted
10 goals in the second half to pick up a 15-11 victory over Temple University Wednesday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.
McCartney netted a career-high six goals in the Blue Hens’ win. The midfielder added six controlled draws as Delaware returned to the field following an 11-day hiatus. The hat trick was the 12th of McCartney’s fledgling career.
The last time a Blue Hen posted at least six goals in a single game came on April 5, 2009 when Stephanie Allen put up six against William & Mary at Rullo Stadium. The feat has never been accomplished for the Hens or an opponent at Delaware Stadium for women’s lacrosse.
The last time a UD player collected more than six goals was April 2,
2000 as Sarah Edwards tallied seven goals against Penn State.
Delaware registered 10 goals in the second half of action as the Blue Hens have now scored at least nine goals in three of the last four halves played.
Seven of McCartney’s teammates also got in on the scoring as junior Chelsea Fay collected her fourth hat trick of the season and second straight with three goals. Freshman Lauren VanDaniker picked up her first career goal and finished with two in the game. Junior Abbie Hartman and freshmen McKenzie Rafferty, Shannon Hawley and Kara Dattellas each added a goal for UD.
Sophomore Allison Hahn picked up a team-best two assists while Fay, Hartman, and VanDaniker each added one assist.
“It was a great win for Delaware today,” remarked Blue Hen head coach Kateri Linville. “I think from a performance standpoint, we had a lot of people step up. This is something we are always looking for, especially with some people coming in and contributing from off of the bench.”
With the win, Delaware improves to 6-3 overall before beginning Colonial Athletic Association play this coming Sunday at home against Towson.
This marks the best start for the Blue Hens since 2008 when the team began 6-2 and finished the season with an 11-6 record. Delaware opened the 2000 campaign with a record of 8-0 before finishing the season 13-5 and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
“A goal of ours was to go 6-3 in non-conference play this season,”
Linville commented. “We have a schedule that puts us in a good position to gain entry into the NCAA Tournament.”
Senior Angela Biciocchi grabbed a game-high four groundballs during the team’s senior game. During halftime, the Blue Hens honored their lone senior for her four years of service to the University. Biciocchi added two draw controls and caused one turnover for UD.
Temple’s Stephany Parcell tallied four goals for the Owls (5-4) in addition to a game-high three assists.
Delaware picked up a 15-12 advantage in the game in groundballs and bested Temple by a tune of 16-11 in draw controls. The Blue Hens also posted a clears mark of .875 by registering 14 clears on the day to just seven for the Owls.
Sophomore Alex Zaugra earned her sixth win of the season by collecting seven saves in 60 minutes of play.
Temple threw three goalies between the pipes with Meghan Clothier starting the game for the Owls. Clothier ended with five saves and 10 goals allowed in the loss.
UD’s win was the fourth straight over Temple.
Delaware opens CAA action this weekend as the Hens host Towson University at 1 p.m. Sunday.