By Kevin Eickman
This season has been a tough one for the Milford field hockey team. With a young squad on her hands, Head Coach Andrea Fleming has watched as the learning process has taken hold. While a 5-9 record was not where Milford wanted to be, the fact that this team has continued to improve has reflected well upon them.
Hosting Sussex Central on Thursday, Milford put together their best game of the season. Playing solid in all facets of the game, the Bucs opened the scoring just two minutes in as senior Hannah Stangl scored the first of what would be three goals on the day.
Central would respond quickly, knotting the game less then a minute later. From that point on however, it was all Buccaneers. Milford would gain the advantage for good as another senior, Morgan Lingo would get a goal with 16:22 left in the half. The Bucs would add two more goals in the half, with Stangl recording her second and freshman Megan Fry would complete the first half scoring.
Milford did well in the second half, adding to their 4-1 advantage. Scoring for the Bucs in the second half were freshman Margaret Sollie, senior Morgan Lingo, sophomore Courtney Lingo, and seniors Stangl and Sydney Reynolds. For Reynolds it was a fitting end to her Milford career. “I’m really going to miss the family aspect of it all. Even though we didn’t have a winning season, I definitely gained thirty sisters,” stated Reynolds. “It was different being a senior this year, and having others look up to you.”
Talking with Stangl after the game, she was thrilled that Milford was able to get the win in her final home game. “This was our best game, my favorite game. It was the perfect way for me to end my hockey career,” commented Stangl. “We played with a lot of heart all season. I’m really happy that we could all get a big win like this.”
Catching up with senior Hannah Baker, she was happy to be able to suit up one last time at Milford.
“Today was really fun because the seniors got to play together,” Backer said. “I’ve been injured, so this is me coming back. This was just an awesome way to end it.”
The final of the four seniors, Morgan Lingo, was also proud to be a member of this year’s squad. “The fact that we are a family, you don’t find that much on other teams,” said Lingo. “You can count on everyone here, your teammates, your coaches will always have your back, on and off the field.”
Coach Fleming was glad that her seniors could enjoy a final home victory, after what has been a difficult season. “This is not how you want your senior year to end, with five wins and nine losses. No matter what, they kept the team positive at practice, they never gave up,” commented Fleming. “They kept the team positive, they never gave up. They really brought the team together as a whole and no matter what the outcome of the game, they kept the team positive.” Milford will finish their season Tuesday night at Caravel Academy, game time is 7:15 pm.