Week two of the field hockey season is here! Scheduling quirks happen and we will see that this week. There are teams going full out this week with three games that will test their stamina. While others only play once and will get time to rest their legs. The goalkeepers have been tested across the state and the offensive dominance continues for Delmar, Smyrna, and Cape Henlopen. Teams to keep watching are Milford and CR in D1 and Concord, Caravel, and Newark Charter are all battling it out in D2 with 3-0 records this week. There are a lot of top ten matchups that will provide some exciting field hockey to watch this week.
Games of the Week:
D2: Newark Charter at Concord (Maplezone PA) Tuesday, Sept. 19, 3 pm
D1: Milford at Sussex Academy Thursday, Sept. 21, 4pm
Here is the current Top 10 for Delaware Live-302 Sports
Division 1 Field Hockey
No. 1 Smyrna 3-0 Smyrna improved to 3-0, leading the Henlopen North Division. They defeated Cape Henlopen 2-1 in the Division 1 finals rematch on the 14th at Cape. They only play once this week Sept. 19 at home vs Caesar Rodney for Smyrna’s senior night.
No. 2 Cape Henlopen 3-1 Cape dropped a game to Smyrna this week but will still be in the hunt come tournament time. Coach Kate Austin and her team took the loss in stride. “We outshot Smyrna but did not capitalize on scoring opportunities. It’s just the second week of the season and nothing has been won or lost. We will continue to fine tune and improve each day.” They go on the road all week to Polytech Sept. 19 and to Padua Sept. 22 at the Chase Fieldhouse.
No. 3 Milford 3-0 They continue to impress this season outscoring their opponents 20-2. They play Dover at home on Sept. 19 and at Sussex Academy (9/21).
No. 4 CR 3-0 The Riders are off to a good start but will be tested this week with Henlopen North rival Smyrna. They go on the road to Smyrna Sept. 19 and to Lake Forest Sept. 21.
No. 5 Polytech 3-0 The Panthers face a challenge at home when the Cape Vikings come to town Sept. 19 and then onto Woodbridge Sept. 21.
No. 6 Charter School of Wilmington 2-1 Still sitting at 2-1 because their one game last week was postponed. They will go on the road to Tower Hill Sept. 19 and Conrad Sept. 21.
No. 7 Middletown 2-1 The Cavaliers move on to play St. Andrews at home Sept. 19 and Delcastle away on Sept. 20
No. 8 Padua 2-2 The Pandas head to Odessa Sept. 19 and then host Cape Henlopen Sept. 22 at the Chase Fieldhouse.
No. 9 Sussex Tech 1-1 The Ravens schedule was off to a little slower start than some of their conference opponents. They will face Sussex Central at home on Sept. 19 and play at Indian River Sept. 21.
No. 10 Odessa 2-0 The Ducks are in the top 10 for the first time. It will be interesting to see how they continue to compete. They host Padua Sept. 18 and Christiana Sept. 20 this week.
Division 2 Field Hockey
No 1. Delmar 4-0 The Wildcats continue to dominate outscoring opponents 33-2. They will go on a four game road trip that will span the next two weeks. They get some rest after one game this week that takes them to Sussex Academy Sept. 19.
No 2. Newark Charter 3-0 The Patriots have three games this week and will test their stamina. Coach Stacy Spiker returns all her starters from a year ago and seem to have all the momentum they need headed into this week. They see two top ten teams; No 3. Concord away Sept. 19, MOT Charter away Sept. 21, and they are on the road Saturday Sept. 23 at No 5. Sussex Academy.
No 3. Caravel 3-0 The Bucs will see fellow top 10 team Tatnall Sept. 18 at home and take on Oxford (PA) 20. this week.
No 4. Concord 3-0 The Raiders have taken their home games on the road to Maplezone Sports Institute in PA after their field was deemed unplayable, taking away any true home field advantage. They face Newark Charter on their new home turf Sept. 19 and to AI DuPont Sept. 21 and to Hodgson Friday Sept. 22.
No.5 Sussex Academy 2-1 The Seahawks have a tough week ahead. They play three games this week at home, but they are strong opponents. Sept. 19 vs Delmar, Sept. 21 vs Milford, and Saturday Sept. 23 vs Newark Charter.
No 6 St. Mark’s 2-1 The Spartans catch a break this week with just one game on Sept. 18 at home vs William Penn.
No.7 Archmere 2-1 The Auks have two games starting with Sanford Sept. 19 away and come back home on Thursday Sept. 21 vs St. Elizabeth’s.
No 8. Tatnall 2-0 The Hornets also see top ten teams this week with games at Caravel Sept. 18 and at Tower Hill Sept. 21.
No 9. Indian River 2-1 New head coach Torrie Huk, formerly at Polytech, has her Indians off to a competitive start. With two games this week they will look to move up in the rankings. They have a long ride to Conrad Sept. 18 and then come back home vs Sussex Tech Sept. 21.
No. 10 Tower Hill 2-0 The Hillers enter the top ten this week after defeating Woodbridge and Sanford. They will be challenged this week with two home games vs Charter School of Wilmington Sept. 19 and Tatnall Sept. 21.
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