Delmar wins state’s first Division II field hockey crown and second straight title

Delmar celebrates winning the Division 2 Field Hockey Championship in Newark on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

NEWARK — As Delmar High celebrated another field hockey state championship, coach Jodi Hollamon tried to put this season in perspective.

She joked some of her former players would be mad at her for what she was about to say.

“This is the best team I’ve ever coached,” Hollamon said. “It really is from top to bottom. There hasn’t been a practice that we didn’t enjoy or a game we didn’t enjoy playing. We have just been outstanding from start to finish.”

The Wildcats did all they could to prove Hollamon right.

Delmar’s Ashlyn Carr battles Tower Hill’s Jennifer Cleary in the Division 2 Field Hockey Championship in Newark on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

They capped off an undefeated season with a 3-2 victory over Tower Hill to win the first-ever Division II state title game on Saturday at the University of Delaware. Delmar won last year’s state championship in the final year before the state split into two divisions.

Logan Walls, Jordan Moore and Ashlyn Carr provided the goals for Delmar (18-0). Carr’s scored the final goal with five minutes left, which proved pivotal as the Hilles netted a pair of goals in the final four minutes.

“We know that we had a lot to lose,” Carr said. “We knew we had to score and to keep scoring.”

“We haven’t had many pressure situations this year,” Hollamon said. “I knew Tower Hill was going to fight to the end. They’re very senior-loaded and I knew they would never give up. The girls rose to the occasion and handled the pressure pretty well.”

Delmar ended the season outscoring its opponents 151-8.

Delmar’s Jordan Moore gets past Tower Hill defender in the Division 2 Field Hockey Championship in Newark on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Saturday’s contest was the only time Delmar won by less than three goals all year. The Wildcats have won 25 games in a row, their last loss was Oct. 22, 2016, a 1-0 defeat to Cape Henlopen.

Delmar has played in six of the seven state championship games since 2011 but the Wildcats did not break through with its first state title until last season when they beat this same Tower Hill team 3-0.

“Last year was great,” Moore said. “But this year was even better knowing that we’ve done it two years in a row.”

And the Wildcats expected to be back here after the 2016 championship. They graduated only two seniors from that squad.

Delmar celebrates winning the Division 2 Field Hockey Championship in Newark on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

The players said the chemistry from last year easily carried over to this season.

“We all work really well together,” Moore said. “We have a good bond, we’re all like sisters and that really connects on the field.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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