Local roundup: Congleton’s late goal lifts Indian River past Dover 2-1 in field hockey

Avery Congleton scored with just 1:16 remaining to give Indian River High a 2-1 victory over Dover in Henlopen Conference field hockey on Thursday afternoon.

Kayler Townsend scored a first-half goal for IR in the season opener for both squads. The Indians’ Allyson Clark stopped six shots as IR finished with advantages of 10-9 in shots and 17-8 in corners.

Dover’s Kendra Durrington tied the contest on a goal with 13:19 remaining with Richana Brown making nine saves.

Sussex Academy 9, Worcester Prep, Md. 0: Liliana Fannin scored twice in the second half to help the Seahawks close out the win.

Seven other players tallied one goal apiece for Sussex Academy, which held edges of 21-4 in shots and 11-2 in corners.


Archmere 3, Smyrna 0: The Auks downed the Eagles, 25-10, 25-18, 25-15 to open the season.

Delmar 3, Salisbury Christian, Md. 0: The Wildcats earned a win in their season opener.


Brandywine 27, Laurel 7: Laurel couldn’t hold an early 7-6 lead as Brandywine pulled away to the victory in the season opener on Thursday night.

Laurel was making its debut under first-year coach Joey Jones.

College football

Hens to play Navy in football: Delaware has played its share of memorable football games against Navy over the years.

UD announced on Thursday that it’s going to revive its rivalry with the FBS Division I Midshipmen.

The Blue Hens will face Navy in 2022, marking the first time the two programs have played since 2013.

“It’s important for us to give our student-athletes the opportunity to compete against quality opponents and that’s exactly what this game signifies,” Delaware coach Danny Rocco said in a pree release. “In addition, any time you play against a service academy institution it adds a little bit extra because of the dedication and sacrifice that those institutions represent.

“We know that there’s a lot of history in this series and we hope our fans are just as excited as we are.”

The two programs have met 17 times, with the last meeting coming in 2013. Navy holds the overall series advantage 10-7 with 14 of those games coming in Annapolis, Md.

The Hens are regularly scheduling FBS schools now, with upcoming games slated against N.C. State (2020), Rutgers (2021), Navy (2022) and Penn State (2023 and ‘27).

College cross country

Dover’s Williams honored: Dover High grad Gavin Williams, a sophomore at Howard University, has been named the MEAC Runner of the Week in men’s cross country.

Williams picked up his first collegiate victory this past Saturday, taking the gold medal in the Howard Labor Day Classic after completing the 5K course in 16:16.42. He finished in the top 20 as Howard won the team title for the second straight year.

College soccer

WOMEN, Villanova 1, Delaware 0: The Wildcats used a first-half goal to down the Blue Hens (3-2).

Villanova out-shot Delaware, 12-11, while the Hens finished with a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

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