The Milford High School varsity field hockey team is hoping that consistency is the key to success this year. After going 9-6 and barely missing the playoffs last year, nearly the entire team has returned for a new run in Division I.


The Milford High School varsity field hockey team is hoping that consistency is the key to success this year. After going 9-6 and barely missing the playoffs last year, nearly the entire team has returned for a new run in Division I.

“This is the first year I wasn’t in the playoffs, and it was very disappointing,” Head Coach Amanda Jacona said. “We got nudged out by 0.12 points — that’s not happening again … this year I’m looking to go very far.”

Only two seniors graduated last year, leaving most of the team together for another run though the Henlopen Conference.

Despite the school’s move to the Henlopen North, the Bucs won’t see much of a difference. They play every team in the conference once, just like last year, and don’t have a division playoff.

“It honestly doesn’t matter what division we’re in,” Jacona said. “The schedule’s the same and the conference is the same.”

With most of the players returning, the team is more experienced across the board than they were in 2008, and more comfortable with each other on the field.

“The unity that they have is their biggest strength,” Jacona said. “There’s a good core of girls, developing that family atmosphere.”

They’ve kept that unity going by staying together over the offseason, with many of the players keeping in practice with travel teams and summer leagues.

“A lot of them have worked very hard over the summer,” Jacona said. “They’re definitely ahead of where they were last year … I expect all my seniors, all my veterans, to be able to step up this season.”

Despite the huge returning core of players, four freshmen have still managed to earn spots on the varsity lineup. That includes Sarah Silicato, Peyton Shockley, Alyssa Mills and Bekah Yanacek.

“The freshmen who’ve worked their way onto varsity have proven themselves,” Jacona said. “They’ve put in a lot of work, and it’s really showed.”

The Bucs open their season with a home game against Smyrna at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.