Delmar – After the final horn blew on Thursday, September 15 the Delmar Wildcats had not just won another field hockey game, but they had just won their 100th consecutive game defeating Laurel 10-0.
Laela Brown scored the first two goals of the game for Delmar to help lead the Wildcats with two goals along with Jordyn Hollamon. Maci Bradford, Josie Hollamon, Laura Rogers and Emma Price each added goals. Tylah Brown and Kendra Faucette scored their first career varsity goals in the game.
It has been five years, ten months and twenty four days since Delmar field hockey last suffered a loss. Cape Henlopen defeated Delmar 1-0 back on October 22, 2016.
“Sometimes it seems like it was eternity that long ago and then other days it was just yesterday,” Delmar head coach Jodi Hollamon said. “It’s funny as a coach you remember more of the times that you don’t play well or that you lose.”
Over the last five years it has been a family affair of sorts for the Wildcats. Hollamon’s two daughters Josie and Jordyn as well as her niece Maci Bradford have been stars of the team and have been a big part of the scoring.
“I try to downplay their success but at the same time it should be celebrated. They have been around the game of hockey with their mom and their aunt since they were born,” Hollamon said.
Since that last loss long ago Delmar has not chosen to take the easy road to 100 straight wins. The Wildcats have won games over Maryland powers South River, Chesapeake, Notre Dame Prep, Kent Island, Good Counsel, Pocomoke, Severna Park and seven straight wins over Delaware power Cape Henlopen who has won the past five Division I state titles.
“You have to play the best to be the best, we have to challenge ourselves because that’s how you become better,” Hollamon said.
During the Wildcats current win streak they have won six straight state championships, five of them in Division II and a title in 2016 when field hockey was a single division state tournament.
While the offensive production over the past seven years has been outstanding the Delmar defense has been at least equal to the task. Over the 100 win streak there have been 77 shutouts and during the 2018 season the Wildcats allowed just one goal.
Current goalie Summer Payne has three shutouts after taking over for five year starter Kelly Davis who is now on the Ohio State University roster. Hollamon said that her players often put pressure on themselves to not allow goals and she believes that is what makes them better.
“We set goals at the beginning of the year and oftentimes one of the players goals is to not allow a goal,” Hollamon said.
Delmar has outscored their four opponents 35-1 so far this season as they continue the dominance on defense as well.
“Day in and day out they are practicing against the best offense in the state so when you put those two things together it makes for really great practices,” Hollamon said.
Delmar gets back to action next week when they will face Seaford and Milford. The Wildcats have big game dates down the road when they will host Cape Henlopen on October 6 and then travel to an upstart Smyrna on October 20. Smyrna reached the Division state final for the first time in school history.
Hollamon says there are many people involved in the success of the Delmar field hockey program from past players, their families, coaches and lastly her family for their support.
“If it wasn’t for the kids and their families contributing to making sure they are better hockey players then we wouldn’t be in this situation,” Hollamon said. “It’s all about the kids and they deserve the recognition so thank you to all of my former players.
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