Milford's varsity field hockey team wrapped up a successful season with a 10-5 record and a berth in the DIAA state tournament in early November.
Milford's varsity field hockey team wrapped up a successful season with a 10-5 record and a berth in the DIAA state tournament.
Defense was definitely a dominant strength of the team, which boasted four shutouts and in four other contests game up only one goal. One of the mainstays of the rugged defense was the outstanding play of senior goalkeeper Rebekah Yanacek.
Her achievements this year included being named a team captain, being selected for the Henlopen Conference team and being named to the 2nd team All State squad.
During the season, Yanacek and her teammates had two great stretches, posting back-to-back shut-outs against Laurel, a 1-0 victory, and against Indian River, a 6-0 win in September.
Then in October, the team game up only one goal in a three game stretch against Woodbridge (3-0), a 4-1 win over Sussex Central and another shutout against Seaford (5-0).
Unfortunately the Lady Buccaneers lost a hard-fought game, 1-0, to Wilmington Friends in the first round of the playoffs. Despite the loss, this was a great example of the team's defensive prowess, with as Yanacek making nine saves during the afternoon contest.
The potent offense had a number of shining moments as well, including a 6-0 victory over Indian River, and 5-0 over Seaford, keeping in mind, field hockey at any level, is not typically a high scoring sport. In mid-season the team won four straight, and again won four out of five near the end of the season.
As for the future, the team may be the surprise of the 2013 season. In an interview after the tournament game, head coach Andrea Fleming said she was pleased with the team's efforts all season long, and that she had high hopes for the future since this year's squad featured four sophomores and six juniors who will be ready to improve on the exciting season that just concluded.