Milford field hockey finishes regular season on high note

MAGNOLIA – Milford’s varsity field hockey squad ended the 2016 regular season on a high note, defeating the St. Thomas More Academy Ravens 10-0.

Two games removed from a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime loss to Cape Henlopen, the 13-2 Buccaneers used Wednesday night’s match-up as a tune-up for the playoffs.

It took less than three minutes for the Bucs to strike first, as Daphne Leighty kicked the scoring off with a goal at the 27:10 mark in the first half. Seven minutes later Leighty scored her second goal of the night to put the Bucs ahead 2-0 early.

Milford followed it up with three more first half goals from seniors Rajene Bowe and Megan Fry (2) to hand Milford a 5-0 halftime lead.

Leighty’s scoring spree continued, as she put the ball in the net two more times within the first five minutes of the second half. Her four-goal performance fueled the five-goal second half, as Milford extended its lead with additional goals from Bowe, Fry and sophomore Courtney Kohel.

“One of our biggest goals was to finish offensively,” head coach Andrea Fleming said. “And we finished offensively today. We also wanted to get a lot of our younger players some playing time, because this is probably one of the last times they will touch the field this season.”

Defensively, goalkeeper Leah Barnett never saw any action, as St. Thomas More failed to register a shot on goal throughout the 60 minutes of play.

Despite very little action from the defense, Coach Fleming didn’t seem concerned with it heading into the playoffs. Especially considering the team will get an entire week’s worth of practice to prepare for the postseason.

“Our offense will work the defense hard in practice next week, so I’m not concerned,” Fleming said.

Seven of Milford’s 13 wins this season came in shutout fashion, and the Buccaneers have out-scored opponents 63-12. The team’s only two losses this season – Delmar and Cape – have a combined record of 27-3 this year.

The team will find out the official playoff schedule Friday, Nov. 4.

“Every game from here on out is going to be do or die, pure intensity,” Fleming said.

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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