While it was not the final home game of the season for the Milford field hockey team, it was the one in which they celebrated their seniors. In a defensive battle with visiting Sussex Central, the Buccaneers came out on the short end of a 1-0 score.
The Bucs were uneven at times, playing under windy conditions that clearly effected the game. While the wind was a factor, Coach Andrea McPike simply felt her team was out of sync for the majority of the game. “While we played good in a few spots, we really didn’t give our best effort today. We were not as decisive and attacking as we wanted to be and paid a price for it,” McPike said. “It is a little disheartening in that I felt we took a step back today. That happens sometimes what is important is how we respond to it.”
While the game may have been the event, the story of the day was the celebration of six seniors who will are closing out their careers as Buccaneers. Olivia Cromer, Taylor Culver, Jasmine Lon, Hailey Sidbe, Sara Wallace and Kyleigh Wright were all honored by their teammates, fans and family. Coach McPike had kind words for all of them.
Speaking on Cromer, McPike stated “It’s been so awesome to watch and be a part of her transformation into a strong, confident and dedicated field hockey player over these last four years. She is the fitness queen and we will really miss her setting the tone and pace during conditioning, weight room and agility training.”
When it came to Culver, the sentiment covered much more than field hockey “Ten Years ago it never occurred to me that one day I would be coaching this adorable 1st grader at this level. But here we are. She is a hard working role model for the entire team.”
While Long was only with the squad for this year, McPike noted that she was a special player. “The fact that she made the decision to join and stick with our family this year is fantastic. She was always lending a hand and also made sure I was getting my nourishment during our games.”
Sidbe, a defender drew high praise from McPike as well. “She is such a fun field hockey player to watch. She has brought knowledge and experience to this program and I am excited about her future. Her calm, resilient presence and communication skills on defense will be missed next year.”
With regards to Wallace, McPike was impressed how she improved in her final season as a Buccaneer. “I am so proud of how much she has grown as a player and leader in her final season. She raised her skills to the next level and it made a big impact on the team. She has a positive, yet disciplined mindset and an ability to motivate her teammates as well.”
Speaking on Wright, McPike talked about her endurance. “She really challenged herself this season to give 110% effort in everything she did. Her versatility and selflessness have been very beneficial to the team this year. I am so proud of the intensity she has been playing with and the example she has set for the younger girls.”
Milford beat Laurel earlier in the week. With the loss to Central it puts the Buccaneers record at 5-7 on the season. Milford has three games left to play with their final home game coming this Friday at 4:00 pm.
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