2000 Hockey Recap
St. Mark's 1, Delmar 0 (2 OT)
Delmar's season came to an end in heart-breaking fashion in a Delaware State Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinal game. The Wildcats outshot St. Mark's 20-10 but couldn't get the ball past Spartan goalie Caitlin White, who finished with 11 saves. St. Mark's won the game on a goal in sudden death overtime by Carly Falgowski.
"It was an awesome game. It gave fans everything they could want to see in a hockey game," said Delmar coach Linda Budd, whose third-seeded Wildcats finished the season with a 16-1-1 record. "It was an intense game. Each team had opportunities in regulation to score."
The Wildcats did score during regulation but the goal was disallowed. Kim Whalen registered five saves for the Wildcats.
Budd said she couldn't have been prouder of a team that had reached the state semifinals the past two seasons but lost all of its defenders from last year's team. Delmar rebuilt that defense quickly, tied Cape Henlopen for the Henlopen Conference championship, and extended its unbeaten streak in the conference.
"When we first started out the season, we were a little unsure of where we might end up," said Budd. "Our goal was to have a winning season and get to the tournament. I would have never dreamed we would go undefeated in conference play. We lost our whole defense from last year.
"It's difficult to lose today, but they have nothing to be ashamed of. It was just one of those games someone had to lose. In hockey sometimes, it's just a matter of inches. We just came up a little short. It was one of the most exciting games we've played all year."
Budd will anxiously await the 2001 season as the Wildcats lose only four seniors. One of those seniors, however, is her daughter, Erin Budd, who will now focus on finding a college to play field hockey at.
"I'm not sure going to know what to do," said Budd about the end of her daughter's high school career. "I didn't want practice to end. I'm proud of all four girls (seniors). She (Erin) had a great run. She's not done playing. There's more hockey in her future, I hope."
Delmar 2, Newark 0
The Wildcats got off an astounding 40 shots to Newark's 3 in a first round game in the Delaware State Field Hockey Tournament.
Kristen Nichols and Becca Gum scored Delmar's goals. Both were assisted by Erin Budd. The Wildcats rose to 16-0-1 with the victory and moved into a quarterfinal game against St. Mark's at Polytech on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
"It was one of those games where their goalie played a good game," said Delmar coach Linda Budd. "It was one of those games where we hit it right at her instead of around her. We can shoot. We just need to finish."
Delmar 3, Indian River 2 (OT)
The Wildcats survived a tough Indian squad to keep their Henlopen Conference unbeaten streak intact. Becca Gum scored the winning goal in overtime. She also scored during regulation. Erin Budd added the Wildcats' other goal. Kristin Nichols assisted on two goals and Brittany Elliott on the other. Goalie Kim Whalen registered 8 saves for the Wildcats. Delmar hasn't lost a conference game since 1997 but have had two close calls against IR now. The Indians tied Delmar last season. Delmar rose to 11-0-1 with the victory.
Delmar 3, Milford 0
The Wildcats used two goals by Becca Gum to top Milford. Danielle Twilley added Delmar's other goal. Goalie Kim Whayland stopped 9 shots. Delmar held a 12-9 edge in shots and a 13-5 advantage in corners.
Delmar 1, Cape Henlopen 1
For details on Delmar's tie with Henlopen North power Cape Henlopen, click on the score above.
Delmar 4, Sussex Tech 0
The Wildcats remained unbeaten with the shutout behind Brittany Elliott's two goals. Jen Hastings and Danielle Twilley scored the Wildcats' other goals. Erin Budd recorded two assists and Becca Gum and Ditmer had an assist apiece. Goalie Kim Whayland registered seven saves for her first shutout of the season.
Delmar 5, Dover 1
The Wildcats rose to 4-0 overall and in the Henlopen South behind two goals apiece from Stacey Brittingham and Jen Hastings. Kristen Nichols scored Delmar's other goal. Delmar goalie Kim Whayland recorded two saves.
Delmar 3, Caesar Rodney 2 (OT)
The Wildcats overcame a 2-0 deficit to overcome the state's sixth-ranked team. Ranked fourth in the state, Delmar needed three goals by Erin Budd in the second half and overtime to rise to 3-0 in the Henlopen Conference and overall. Budd's goal 2:24 into overtime on a penalty corner secured the victory. With the win, the Wildcats avoided their first conference loss since 1997. Delmar outshot CR 26-14 and held a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Delmar 3, Laurel 2
The Wildcats improved to 2-0 overall and in the Henlopen South with the victory over their rivals. Stacey Brittingham sparked the win with a pair of goals in the second half. Erin Budd scored Delmar's other goal. Kristen Nichols, Brittany Elliott and Danielle Twilley all had assists. Despite the close score, the Wildcats dominated the game, holding advantages of 25-4 in shots and 14-1 in penalty corners.
Delmar 3, Sussex Central 2
The Wildcats backed up their No. 6 state ranking behind two goals from Jen Hastings. Hastings' second goal, at 22:29 in the second half, proved to be the game-winner. Becca Gum added another goal for the Wildcats.
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