Delmar's drive for five complete in Division II field hockey

Kevin Phillips
Special to Delaware News Journal

DOVER - Delmar looked to win its fifth straight DIAA Division II field hockey state championship when it took on an athletic Caravel Academy squad Saturday at Dover High School.

The Wildcats controlled possession throughout, resulting in 25 penalty corners that set up a couple of goals in a 4-1 victory to secure another state title.

“We work on attack a lot. We talk about possessing, especially in the circle and earning those corners,” Delmar coach Jodi Hollaman said. “I thought we did a great job of doing that today.

“Caravel is fast, aggressive and played a great hockey game.  To come out on top against a high-caliber team makes it even more special.”

Delmar players celebrate after winning the Wildcats' fifth consecutive DIAA Division II Field Hockey championship on Saturday at Dover High School.

The Wildcats tilted the field from the start and earned a penalty corner in the 10th minute. Maci Bradford cashed in by knocking a rebound into the cage to give Delmar a 1-0 lead.

It stayed that way until the first minute of the second quarter, when Josie Hollaman scored on a rebound following another shot from a penalty corner to make it 2-0.

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Caravel responded midway through the second quarter, cutting its deficit to 2-1 when Taylor Youngson scored on a rebound.

With less than three minutes remaining in the first half, the Wildcats regained the momentum when Olivia Twilley deposited a Josie Hollaman pass into the net.

In addition to the 3-1 lead, the goal really sparked Delmar.

“After I scored that goal, we got excited again and we wanted it more and more,” Twilley said. “After that, we kept passing, kept receiving and kept switching and transitioning.

“I think, altogether, we picked it up after that.”

The Wildcats (15-0) continued to attack and limited the Buccaneers’ ability to generate offense in the second half. They put the game out of reach with 6:15 remaining when Bradford scored on a penalty shot to make it 4-1.

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Delmar started its run of state championships in 2016. It is the third state title for Bradford, who is honored to be a part of the tradition.

“It’s so amazing to be able to be here,” she said. “It’s just crazy and unbelievable that we have this opportunity, and we come out here and get it done.”

Jodi Hollaman said this year’s championship will have a special spot in her mind because of the uncertainty of whether a season would be played due to COVID-19.

“This one is crazy special,” the coach said. “To think that, in September, we didn't think that we were going to have this opportunity having to worry every day if we were going to have another game and make it to Dec. 12 with weather that’s amazing and playing for a state title is surreal.”

Alexandria Boettcher had eight saves for Caravel (12-3). Kelly Davis had three saves for Delmar.

DIAA Division II Field Hockey championship

Delmar 4, Caravel 1

Caravel 0 1 0 0 - 1

Delmar 1 2 0 1 - 4

First quarter: Bradford, D, 9:50.

Second quarter: Hollaman, D, 0:48; Youngman, C, 8:14; Twilley (Hollaman), D, 12:14.

Fourth quarter: Bradford, D, 8:45.

Shots-CA 4, D 12.

Corners-CA 0, D 25.

Saves-CA 8 (Boettcher), D 3 (Davis).