The field hockey season is nearing halfway, as teams in the Henlopen Conference jockey for

playoff position. The Lady Bucs find themselves within striking distance of a playoff spot.

After a hot start, Milford has struggled lately dropping their last two games of their last three games.

The Lady Bucs opened the season winning three of their first five games, earning victories over

Appoquinimink, Seaford and Laurel, while playing Dover to a 0-0 tie.

Since then, Milford has been on the wrong end of one-goal losses to both Smyrna and Lake

Forest, 2-1. They bounced back, however, defeating Concord 3-2 on Monday.

All three losses this season for Milford have come by just a goal.

While there are no moral victories in losses, the Lady Bucs could easily be in better position to

challenge division leader, Delmar, a perfect 7-0 in the South.

Looking ahead and not behind, the Lady Bucs have some work to do if they hope to return to

the state tournament. Despite some close losses, they’ve shown they have the talent necessary to be a playoff team.

Led by a core of experienced seniors and some up and coming underclassmen, the Lady Bucs

are primed for a strong second half.

Seniors Anna Sollie and Darby Brennan lead the team in goals, Sollie has three while Brennan has four goals. Meanwhile, junior Jessica Donovan and freshman Summer Davis

have both scored twice.

Backed by solid defenders Brianna Wells, Kaylee Groce, Sara Wallace, Emma Shockley, Hailey Sidibe and Madeline Sekscinski, goalkeeper Leah Barnett has helped keep opponents off the scoreboard.

As a whole, the Lady Bucs have come together well. With jelling taking place, the sky’s the limit

for Milford moving forward.

“This team is already such a tight-knit group which allows for a very intense but fun, positive

culture,” said head coach Andrea Flemming. “The girls respond very well to being pushed hard

and are always there to encourage and pick each other up.”

The road ahead doesn’t get any easier for the Lady Bucs, but they’ll have multiple opportunities

against divisional and conference opponents as they try to get back into the playoff hunt.

Milford is back in action Thursday afternoon, traveling to take on Caesar Rodney at 4 p.m.

Down the stretch, the Lady Bucs will play division leader Delmar, Woodbridge and Sussex Tech

on the road, with home contests upcoming against Sussex Central, Cape Henlopen and Indian

River.