The Lady Bucs struggled this season, finishing 5-10 overall and missing out on this year’s DIAA Field Hockey State Tournament.
Playing in the tough Henlopen Conference, Milford fell behind early and could never recover. They did finish on a strong note, however; after winning just three of their first 12 matchups this season, the Lady Bucs ended the year winning two of their last three games.
Milford had a hard time navigating their way through a competitive schedule, suffering eight of their 10 losses to teams that qualified for this year’s tournament, including Polytech, Smyrna, Lake Forest, Delmar, Cape Henlopen, Concord, Indian River and Sussex Tech.
The Lady Bucs will move on without a talented senior group which included Jessica Donovan and Vanasha Daniels, but should return a number of underclassmen including sophomores Summer Davis, Samantha Jacona, Emma Sekscinski, Isabella Keesler-Evans and freshman Beau Davis.
Milford’s boys soccer team also had a bit of a down year, finishing this season just 5-9-1.
After a promising start, winning three of their first four games, the Bucs were unable to find consistency the rest of the way. At 3-1, the Bucs went on to eight of their final 11 games, going just 2-8-1 to close out the season.
Much like their field hockey counterparts, Milford matched up against some tough competition. More than half of their losses came to teams that qualified for this year’s tournament, all from the Henlopen Conference, including Caesar Rodney, Cape Henlopen, Sussex Tech, Sussex Academy and Indian River.
While they’ll be without seniors from this year’s team, Lensky Legros, Davidson Marcellus, Erens Mondelus and Stone Davis, next season Milford should return enough young talent to be optimistic about their chances of a turnaround.
Next season, underclassmen Luke Bogan, Aaron Sollie, Landan Hajek and Ian Fifer will return for Milford.
Similar to Milford’s boys soccer squad, Milford’s volleyball team was also the victim of a poor second half.
The Lady Bucs volleyball team opened the year splitting their first eight games. At 4-4, the chances of making a run to the state tournament were still alive, however, they dropped seven games in a row to finish the season 4-11 overall.
Despite the down season, Milford dropped six of their 11 losses to tournament teams, including losses to Cape Henlopen, Dover, Indian River, St. Thomas More, Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney.
With just nine players this season, it was always going to be an uphill climb for the Lady Bucs. Next season, they’ll be without seniors Nadia Delva, Celia Reinhardt, Makenna Hajek, Grace Sekscinski and Taylor Wessel, but should return sophomores Claire Smith, Julianna Diaz, McKayla Ryan and freshman Kayla Jefferson.