Lake Forest starts strong, unable to finish off Sussex Tech

FELTON – It was a tale of two halves in Felton on Tuesday afternoon.

Lake Forest’s varsity field hockey squad, playing host to the Sussex Tech Ravens, played great defensively throughout the first 30 minutes of the game.

Lake’s senior forward Kallie Moyer scored two first half goals, one coming with 22 seconds to play in the first half, to put the Spartans ahead 2-0 at the break.

Both squads played tight, scoreless ball throughout the first 15 minutes of the second half, but then Sussex Tech’s offense woke up.

Three quick goals from Tech seniors Hannah Venables and Jazmyne Marino, and junior Parker Madison put the Ravens ahead 3-2. The three unanswered goals all came within a six-minute span, and the experienced Lake Forest unit had trouble recovering from the brief breakdown.

With all of the momentum shifting towards Tech’s direction in the final eight minutes of play, the Spartans’ offensive attack was unable to capitalize on a few last-minute opportunities and eventually fell by the score of 3-2.

“The last 15 minutes, we broke down mentally,” Lake’s head coach Michele Tucker said following the devastating loss. “When they scored that first goal, emotions ran high and we quit playing our game and fell apart.”


Senior midfielder Maya Maddox and the Spartan offense put up 22 shots on goal against Sussex Tech on Tuesday.

Trailing by two goals at the half, Sussex Tech Head Coach Kathleen Fluharty made a few halftime adjustments, which clearly paid off given the final 15 minutes of play.

With such a heart-breaking loss for the Lady Spartans, Coach Tucker believes her core group of seniors, which includes Kaylee Collison, Karinne Moyer, Caitlin Records and Brooke Tucker, can provide enough leadership to regroup and recover from Tuesday’s one-goal loss.

“Tomorrow is a new day,” said Coach Tucker. “The sun is going to come up tomorrow, just like it did today. We just have to dig deep, and regroup tomorrow in practice.”

Lake Forest will hit the road and play at Caesar Rodney on Thursday Sept. 29, looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

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