Lake Forest field hockey snaps losing streak, defeats Woodbridge 3-0

FELTON – Over the last three games, Lake Forest’s varsity field hockey squad scored a combined three goals.

The three-game span came against an incredibly tough schedule of teams: Sussex Tech (4-3), Milford (8-0), and Cape Henlopen (4-2).

Monday night, head coach Michele Tucker and her squad’s offense seemed to turn things around against the Woodbridge Blue Raiders. A 3-0 victory over the Blue Raiders snapped the Spartans’ three-game losing streak.

Less than a minute into the game, junior forward Kaitlyn Stahre scored her first of two goals on the night. With 11:28 to spare in the first half, Kaitlyn scored her second goal, with an assist from senior midfielder Mya Maddox.

With a two goal lead at halftime, Lake Forest’s defense was able to preserve the victory in the second half, and even put one up one more goal against the Blue Raiders’ defense. Sophomore forward Juliana Tyndall scored on an assist from Mya with 14:41 to play in the game, capping the night’s scoring.

“It felt very good to snap the losing streak,” Coach Tucker said following the win. “Considering, other than Cape, we’ve only lost the games by one goal. It’s kind of heart-wrenching, when it’s a one-goal differential. Cape is phenomenal, I give them all the credit for the program’s success because they play a beautiful game.”

The victory over Woodbridge was a dominant one for the offense, as they managed to put up 22 shots and took 16 penalty corners. With a few missed chances on offense, the game could have been even higher-scoring than 3-0.

Coach Tucker is hopeful that this win will mark a turn-around, and “up-swing” for her squad’s 2016 season.

“It felt good getting the offense going,” Coach Tucker said. “Hopefully the offense will keep going. We’re working every day in practice on things we can do to get the shots on goal, to be intense in front of the goal and to score.

“I wish I had a crystal ball, so I’d be able to read what’s going to happen [the rest of the season]. I think it’s going to be a combination of things: part of what I do as coach, and part of what they do out on the field. They have to want it.”

Coach Tucker’s Spartans squad will be on the road this Saturday, with a tough challenge in taking on Brandywine High School (7-2-1) at 11 a.m.

Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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