Sussex County Delaware
Cape Downs Delmar
3-1 to Advance
2001 State Tournament ...

Milford, Sussex Central
Eliminated in First Round
Wish Cape Henlopen Good Luck

Cape Henlopen was the lone Sussex County team to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2001 Delaware State Field Hockey Tournament with a 3-1 first round victory over Delmar on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The Henlopen Conference champion Vikings, now 16-1 overall, face Concord in the tournament quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sussex Tech High School at 2 p.m.

Concord, seeded 10th, defeated No. 7 William Penn 3-1 in the first round to rise to 12-3-2. Concord is the Blue Hen Conference Flight B champion.

Milford and Sussex Central, the other Sussex teams in the tournament, were eliminated in their first round games. Milford lost to Caravel 1-0 while Sussex Central lost to top-seeded Tower Hill 5-0.

Cape, seeded second in the tournament, jumped ahead of Delmar 2-0 in the first half on a pair of goals by Lindsey Williams.

Amanda Warrington scored the Vikings' final goal in the second half. Jen Hastings scored Delmar's goal with one minute left in the game.

The Vikings led 33-8 in shots and 15-10 in penalty corners. Delmar goalie Kristen Wheatley recorded 31 saves, while Cape goalie Nicole Rhoades posted 6 saves.

Cape had only beaten Delmar 1-0 during the regular season despite holding a 24-1 edge in shots in that game.

"We were really determined," said Cape coach Ruth Ann Skoglund of the difference in the two meetings. "We knew one goal would not be enough at this stage. I think the girls just tried a little harder inside the circle."

Milford, meanwhile, saw its season ended when Caravel's Jen Perno scored the game's only goal with just 2:35 left.

The fifth-seeded Bucs led Caravel 16-10 in penalty corners but trailed 8-7 in shots.

Milford goalie Katie Holloway posted five saves for the Bucs.

Milford finished its season with a 12-3-2 record. Caravel, seeded 12th, rose to 11-3-2.

Sussex Central's season ended at 8-8-1. The Golden Knights were seeded 16th in the tournament.

In other first round games involving Henlopen Conference teams, No. 8 Smyrna defeated No. 9 Caesar Rodney 4-3 and No. 14 Lake Forest lost to No. 3 St. Mark's, 3-0.

In the other first round games, No. 13 Mt. Pleasant upset No. 4 Brandywine 1-0 and No. 11 Wilmington Friends nipped No. 6 Wilmington Christian 2-1.

Besides Cape's game with Concord, other quarterfinal games on Saturday, Nov. 10, pit Smyrna against Tower Hill, Mt. Pleasant against Caravel, and St. Mark's against Wilmington Friends.

The tournament semifinals will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, while the finals will be Saturday, Nov. 17.

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