By Kevin Eickman
In a season that witnessed young players see major time on the playing field, the Milford field hockey team had three players receive All-Henlopen Conference accolades – sophomores Summer Davis and Olivia Muir, and senior Sara Wallace. While a quick glance at a 6-9 record might lead to the belief that the Buccaneers underperformed, looking at a string of one-goal losses and some solid play against top competition indicates that there are big things ahead for the program.
Davis was recognized as first-team All-Conference, quite an accolade for the second-year player in a loaded conference. Playing out of the midfield, Davis possessed solid ball skills. She eliminated plays while gaining possession of the ball, enabling Milford to counter attack. Besides playing midfield, Davis also was the primary insert on penalty corners, due to the smooth, accurate drives she was able to deliver to her teammates in the circle to create scoring chances.
Davis’ ability to maintain ball control was the key to her game, allowing her to keep the ball on her stick and find open spaces allowing the Milford offense to work the ball into their opponents’ final third on a regular basis. On defense, Davis routinely forced double teams, also using the sideline to her advantage to create turnovers.
Wallace garnered second-team All-Conference for her defensive work. The Milford defense stood out all year and Wallace was a big reason why. Her ability to break up plays and lead a solid backline stood out on a game-to-game basis.
Wallace was a strong presence on the left side of the field and knew what to do in all types of situations. She was good with her stick, breaking up numerous plays, but more importantly was her skills once she gained possession of the ball. Always keeping her eyes upfield, Wallace deftly worked the ball to the second level which contributed to the Buccaneers’ great success in working the ball through the midfield into the final third.
Muir received honorable mention All-Conference recognition. She was a key part of the youthful, yet solid Milford midfield. Muir had a solid first touch accompanied by outstanding ball handling skills.
Muir was the top corner hitter for the Buccaneers, possessing a strong shot with the ability to find the back of the net. She is tenacious on both sides of the ball and poses an even stronger presence inside the circle. With two more years to go in her Milford career, expect to see a lot more from this rising player.
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