Just five games into the 2016 field hockey season, it is becoming apparent that this year’s Buccaneer squad has the makings of something special. This week the Bucs improved their record to 5-0, with two road victories against some top flight opponents.
In Tuesday, Milford hosted a Polytech team that came in boasting a 3-0 record. Milford came out very strong in the first half, even though it took a while for the offense to break through. The first goal would come off the stick of senior attacker Rajene Bowe with :38 remaining in the half. It would be the first of three goals for Bowe in the game, who is off to a hot start. Milford would end the half with a 3-0 advantage as sophomore Courtney Kohel would get the second score with 2:19 left before the half and Bowe would record her second goal as 1:17 remained.
“We were really happy with how aggressive we came out in the first half. It is the kind of start we are looking to get every game, we really enjoy applying pressure to the other team,” coach Andrea Fleming-McPike stated.
While the first half may have been just what the doctor ordered, the Buccaneers came out a bit flat and allowed a goal before they began to once again find their footing. “The start of the second half was not what we wanted, but we regained our composure and closed out the game. That’s what good teams are supposed to do.” Fleming-McPike said. When the final whistle sounded, Milford had secured a 4-1 victory against the previously fourth ranked Panthers.
Milford would travel up to Dover on Thursday, facing off the previously 5th ranked Senators. Milford and Dover found themselves locked in an intense battle in the first half. The only score of the frame would come in the waning seconds, with senior Kate Melvin providing the ice breaker. The Bucs would double their lead early in the second half as senior Daphne Leighty scored the first of her two goals at the 26:38 mark. With ten minutes remaining Dover would cut the lead in half, but Milford did not flinch as Leighty would score with six minutes remaining to round out the scoring for Milford’s 3-1 victory
“Even after we let in a goal, there was no let up, that was huge for us,” Fleming-McPike stated.
The Bucs will host Seaford this Tuesday, then will travel to Laurel on Thursday with both games set to start a 4pm. The big challenge will come Saturday evening at the University of Delaware as the Buccaneers will face off against rival Lake Forest. While Lake presently has an 1-2-1 record, they have all been close games against quality competition. “When you have three games in a week and a team like Lake is at the end of it, you have to keep working,” Fleming-McPike said. “We have to take care of business, it’s just that simple.”
Bowe believes that the if the team continues to work hard, their best hockey is still in front of them “It’s all about putting in the hard work and doing your job,” said Bowe.“We need to take each opportunity we can to get better and at the end we should be a very tough team to beat.”
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