Cape, Delmar earn top seeds in field hockey state tourneys

Cape Henlopen and Delmar High were both named the top seeds as the fields for the DIAA Division I and II field hockey tournaments were announced on Friday.

A total of seven Henlopen Conference teams made the two brackets – four in Division I and three in Division II. With all four downstate squads on the same side of the Division I bracket, the Henlopen Conference is guaranteed having a team in the state finals.

The Division I quarterfinals are slated for Thursday, with contests at home sites. In games involving downstate teams, top-seeded Cape (14-1) will host No. 8 Smyrna (9-5-1) at 4 p.m. with No. 4 Polytech (12-3) hosting No. 5 Sussex Tech (11-3-1) at 2:30 p.m.

With a 12-team field, the top four teams in Division II receive first-round byes. That group includes No. 1 Delmar (15-0) and No. 4 Lake Forest (11-3-1).

The only downstate squad playing in Tuesday’s first round is No. 10 Indian River (9-5-1) which goes to No. 7 Wilmington Friends (11-3-1) for a 2:30 p.m. matchup.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Delmar will host the winner of the Red Lion Christian/Archmere game at 1 p.m. while Lake Forest will host the winner of the Ursuline-Newark Charter contest at 1 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY
Division I state tournament
Quarterfinals
Thursday, Nov. 8
8-Smyrna (9-5-1) at 1-Cape Henlopen (14-1), 4 p.m.
5-Sussex Tech (11-3-1) at Polytech (12-3), 2:30 p.m.
7-Middletown (10-4-1) vs. 2-Padua (14-1) at Caravel, 6:30 p.m.
6-Concord (11-4) at 3-Wilmington Charter (11-4), 2:30 p.m.
Semifinals
Tuesday, Nov. 13
At Rullo Stadium
Finals
Friday, Nov. 16

At Rullo Stadium

Division II state tournament
First round
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Games start at 2:30 p.m.
9-Archmere (9-6) at 8-Red Lion Christian (10-5)
12-Newark Charter (9-5-1) vs. 5-Ursuline (11-4), at Tatnall
10-Indian River (9-5-1) at 7-Wilmington Friends (11-3-1)
11-Del. Military (9-6) at 6-Mt. Pleasant (12-2-1)
Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov. 10
Archmere/Red Lion at 1-Delmar (15-0), 1 p.m.
Newark Charter/Ursuline at 4-Lake Forest (11-3-1), 1 p.m.
Indian River/Wilm. Friends at 2-Caravel (14-1), 11 a.m.
Del. Military/Mt. Pleasant at 3-Tower Hill (13-2), 11 a.m.
Semifinals
Wednesday, Nov. 14
At Rullo Stadium
Finals
Friday, Nov. 16
At Rullo Stadium

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