The Delaware Blue Hens are the 55th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Blue Hens went 5-10 overall in 2016, and 2-3 in CAA play. Delaware failed to make the CAA Tournament. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Blue Hens will begin with a scrimmage against Colgate at home on January 28, before they open up the season against another Patriot League opponent in Bucknell at home on February 4. Delaware then heads to Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary’s on the 11th. The team returns home for a two-game homestand against Patriot League contender Navy on February 18, followed by Monmouth on the 25th. In last year’s meeting with the Midshipmen, the Blue Hens played a tough game, only losing 5-1. They visit Lexington, Virginia to take on VMI on the 28th.
Delaware visits the Main Line to take on the Villanova Wildcats on March 4 to begin the March portion of their season, followed by a long four-game homestand, beginning on the 7th against Manhattan. Binghamton comes to visit on the 11th, after defeating the Bearcats in overtime last season, followed by St. Joe’s on the 18th, and Rutgers to wrap up the month of March on the 25th.
CAApril™ opens up in Amherst against UMass on April 1. Delaware’s final two home games are against Hofstra on the 8th, followed be defending CAA champion Towson on the 15th. Delaware is on the road for their final two games of the regular season. First up is Drexel on the 22nd, which the team hopes to gain revenge after last year’s overtime loss to the Dragons, which helped Drexel get to the CAA Tournament over the Blue Hens. The Blue Hens’ final game is against Fairfield on April 28.
Delaware returns their top attackmen in senior Paul Major and redshirt-sophomore Andrew Romagnoli. Major led the team with 24 goals and 32 points, while Romagnoli had a team-high 10 assists. Sophomores Joe Eisele and Campbell Parker, as well as junior Jake Levine, should get some time at attack this season, although it’s not clear who will be the third starter in that group. At midfield, the Blue Hens lose plenty of contributors, including Steve DeLargy, Connor Frisina, and Anthony Disanzo, but they bring back junior Dean DiSimone, and senior Will Hirschmann. On defense, Tim Lyons is gone, but the team does bring back senior Carson Scott, junior Connor Lalley, and sophomore Kevin Sheahan. Austin Haynes returns at the LSM spot. Syracuse transfer Parker Ferrigan is the returning starter in goal, with Andrew Dirks behind him. Sam Walsh and Jake Hervada will be the two main face-off takers again for Bob Shillinglaw’s squad.
With Delaware’s schedule released, the CAA becomes the third conference to have all their teams announce their respective schedules. This is another friendly reminder that no ACC teams have yet to release their schedules.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.