Defending Division II state field hockey champion Delmar tops Lake Forest 5-0

Delmar goalie Kelly Davis and teammate Angelina Arter celebrate the Wildcats’ first goal against Lake Forest. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

FELTON — When defending Division II state champion Delmar High took the field Wednesday night to face Lake Forest, sophomore attack Morgan Bradford knew the Spartans would be looking for revenge.

The Wildcats ousted Lake Forest in last year’s state semifinals.

But it didn’t seem to faze Bradford and her Delmar teammates.

Delmar came out aggressive on its way to a 5-0 Henlopen Conference road victory, 10 months after knocking the Spartans out of the state tourney with a 4-0 shutout.

Delmar (2-0) has won 27 games in a row.

“We decided yesterday at practice that we didn’t care what they wanted, we care what we want,” Bradford said. “So, we decided we were going to come out here and play with intensity and it all starts with our warm-up.

“We had lots of conversation about our warm-up and how it was going to be intense, so then we just rolled that intensity over into the game and that’s how it turned out.”

Morgan Bradford scored two of the Wildcats’ five goals, with eighth-grader Maci Bradford adding two of her own and senior Hailey Bitters scoring one.

“I was very proud of the way we started,” said coach Jodi Hollamon. “We came out with a lot of intensity, putting pressure on the ball, because we didn’t do that a lot last Friday (in a 1-0 win over South River, Md.). We definitely changed what we needed to do and put a lot more pressure on the ball.”

It was Bitters’ goal at the 27:23 mark of the first half that started the scoring. Maci scored one of her goals just two minutes later to give Delmar a 2-0 advantage at the halftime break.

The Wildcats broke the game open in the second half with Maci’s second goal and a pair of goals from Morgan to solidify Delmar’s second consecutive shutout.

Delmar out-shot Lake, 20-0, and earned 14 penalty corners to Lake’s one in the victory.

As back-to-back Division II champions, Bradford and the Wildcats are aware of the way they’re seen by other schools in the state.
“We know we’re the team to beat, and nobody likes us any more, so we just look to play as best as we can at all times,” Bradford said.

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