The University of Delaware released schedules for several sports in the past few days. Here is a look at each of them.
Swimming and Diving
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving slate includes 10 competitions, four of which will be at home, according to the schedule released June 28. The annual Blue and White Scrimmage kicks things off on Sept. 28, and the season ends at the Colonial Athletic Association championships, which will be held for the first time at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
The Blue Hens men went 6-3 last year, finishing fourth in the CAA championships, while the women finished 8-3 and sixth at the CAA event.
The regular season opens with a pair of nonconference dual meets against Georgetown (Oct. 5) and George Mason (Oct. 19). Mason, formerly in the CAA, is now a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The schedule: Oct. 5, vs. Georgetown, 1 p.m.; Oct. 19, vs. George Mason, 1 p.m.; Nov. 1-2, Colonial Athletic Association Pod Meet at *James Madison with *UNCW and *William & Mary, tba; Nov. 9, at La Salle with Rider, 1 p.m.; Nov. 22-23, at Bucknell Invitational; Dec. 5-7, USS Short Court Nationals at University of Tennessee; Jan. 11, at *Towson, noon; Jan. 19, vs. *Drexel, 1 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country
Two invitationals hosted by the University of Delaware highlight the 2013 women’s cross country schedule, which was released June 27. Both will take place at White Clay Creek State Park.
All but three of 30 runners return for second-year coach Wendy McFarlane, including senior Lindsay Prettyman, a first-team Capital One/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic selection.
The schedule: Aug. 30, at Mount St. Mary’s Invitational; Sept. 14, Delaware Invitational; Sept. 21, at Towson Invitational; Oct. 5, at Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh; Oct. 12, Blue-Gold Invitational at Delaware; Oct. 26, Colonial Athletic Association championships at Towson; Nov. 15, NCAA District II Championships at Lehigh; Nov. 23, ECAC championships at Van Cortlandt State Park, Bronx, N.Y.
Defending national champion Princeton is one of the tough challenges for a veteran field hockey team, as the Blue Hens will face five teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The schedule was released June 26.
Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof who has led the Blue Hens to Colonial Athletic Association tournament berths in each of his first two seasons, returns eight starters, including each of the top four scorers.
The 18-game slate has 12 non-league matchups and six CAA foes. The NCAA playoff opponents, in addition to Princeton, are Lafayette, Penn State, Drexel and Northeastern. The six-team CAA tourney will be held Nov. 7-10 at campus sites with the winner earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Another highlight is a home game Sept. 15 vs. Michigan State, as van de Kerkhof will face the team he used to coach.
The schedule: Aug. 24, vs. American (exhibition), noon; Aug. 28, vs. Columbia (exhibition), 1 p.m.; Sept. 1, vs. Ohio University (at Boston University); Sept. 2, at Boston University, 1 p.m.; Sept. 6-7 Blue Hen Invitational; 6, vs. Central Michigan, 3 p.m.; 7, Central Michigan vs. Lafayette, noon; Sept. 8, vs. Lafayette, noon; Sept. 13, vs. Temple, 7 p.m.; Sept. 15, vs. Michigan State, noon; Sept. 20, at Penn State, 5 p.m.; Sept. 22, at Bucknell, noon; Sept. 29, at Monmouth, 1 p.m.; Oct. 4, vs. *William & Mary, 7 p.m.; Oct. 6, vs. *James Madison, 1 p.m.; Oct. 11, vs. *Towson, 7 p.m.; Oct. 13, vs. Princeton, 1 p.m.; Oct. 20, at Columbia, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25, at *Hofstra, 3 p.m.; Oct. 27, at *Northeastern, 2 p.m.; Nov. 1, at *Drexel, tba; Nov. 3, vs. Villanova, 1 p.m.; Nov. 7, Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals (higher seeds); Nov. 9-10, Colonial Athletic Association semifinals/finals (highest seed).
Three NCAA Tournament teams and a pair of new foes from the western part of the United States are on the horizon for the Delaware men’s soccer team, whose schedule was released June 25.
Coach Ian Hennessy, entering his eighth season, has 100 percent of his scoring coming back, along with all-conference defender Tobias Muller. They will play a schedule that includes Nevada-Las Vegas and Seattle University. Eleven of the Blue Hens’ 18 games are nonconference, and six opponents won 10 or more games last season. The NCAA Tournament veterans are Maryland Baltimore County, Drexel and Northeastern.
The schedule: Aug. 20 vs. Wilmington, (exhibition), 7 p.m.; Aug. 24, at Monmouth, 7 p.m.; Aug. 30, vs. UNLV, 7 p.m.; Sept. 1, vs. Seattle, 1 p.m.; Sept. 6, vs. Manhattan, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 10, at Seton Hall, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13, vs. St. Bonaventure, 5 p.m.; Sept. 17, vs. Temple, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20, at St. Peter’s, 4 p.m.; Sept. 25, at Iona, 4 p.m.; Oct. 1, at UMBC, 7 p.m.; Oct. 9, at *James Madison, 7 p.m.; Oct. 13, vs. *College of Charleston, 11 a.m.; Oct. 16, at *Northeastern, 6 p.m.; Oct. 19, vs. *Drexel, 7 p.m.; Oct. 23, vs. Howard, 7 p.m.; Oct. 26, vs. *UNCW, 7 p.m.; Oct. 30, vs. *William & Mary, 7 p.m.; Nov. 3, at *Hofstra, 1 p.m.; Nov. 9, Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals (higher seeds); Nov. 14-16, Colonial Athletic Association championships (highest remaining seed).
An ambitious women’s soccer schedule features five foes who advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, as 24th-year coach Scott Grzenda brings back a team that includes All-CAA standouts Chelsea Duffy and Allegra Gray. Delaware went 9-8-1 last season.
The Blue Hens’ NCAA Tournament opponents are Georgetown, Loyola (Md.), Long Island, Hofstra and Rutgers. The season opens Aug. 23 at St. John’s.
The schedule: Aug. 13 at LaSalle (exhibition); Aug. 16 vs. George Washington (exhibition), 7 p.m.; Aug. 23, at St. John’s, 7 p.m.; Aug. 25, at Monmouth, 1 p.m.; Aug. 30, at Rutgers, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6 vs. Loyola (Md.), 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 8, at Georgetown, 1 p.m.; Sept. 13, vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m.; Sept. 15, vs. Seton Hall, 1 p.m.; Sept. 20, vs. Long Island, 7 p.m.; Sept. 22, at Temple, 1 p.m.; Sept. 26, at *Towson, 3 p.m.; Sept. 29, at George Mason, 2 p.m.; Oct. 3 vs. *James Madison, 5 p.m.; Oct. 6, at *William & Mary, 2 p.m.; Oct. 11, vs. *Hofstra, 7 p.m.; Oct. 13, vs. *Northeastern, 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 18, vs. Drexel, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25, at *College of Charleston, 7 p.m.; Oct. 27, at *UNCW, 2 p.m.; Nov. 3, CAA quarterfinals (higher seeds); 8-10, CAA championships (highest remaining seed).