The Polytech field hockey program has been one of the state’s most consistently successful teams.
The Lady Panthers have made the DIAA state tournament in each of the last eight seasons, including in last year’s Division I tournament after the DI and DII split.
Like any team, the Lady Panthers move on without standout seniors from last year, including Tara Bond, Cecilia Carter, Devon Ott and Madilyn McKay, players who had a huge effect on the program.
The loss of six seniors made this year’s team a young one. The roster consists of three freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and three seniors. If Polytech is young on years, they more than make up for it in experience, with 13 of the 17 players returning.
“This year’s team chemistry and work ethic has been outstanding,” said Polytech head coach Lynn Richardson. “We’re going to continue to work on all aspects of the game and hopefully peak at the right time.”
Some underclassmen, like Nadja Weaver-Postell, Mairead McKibbin and Cecilia Rivera, have already had an effect. And despite having a small senior class, that group has proven they’re ready to lead the team.
“I’d say my three seniors, Lacy Bayley, MacKenzie Estrada and goalie Holly Rembold, are our team leaders,” Richardson said. “They bring experience and excellent field hockey IQ’s to the team -- they’re coaches on the field.”
Polytech has been impressive, earning victories in both games so far.
First, the Lady Panthers took down Milford, powered by goals from three players. Bayley, led the way potting a pair of goals, while Postell and Morris added to a 4-1 victory.
They followed up with another standout performance against a Sussex Tech team that reached the Division I DIAA field hockey state championship last year. The Polytech defense posted a clean sheet and the Panther offense continued to show its depth in a 3-0 victory. Bayley and Rivera had goals, while McKibbin added a goal and an assist in support of Rembold who posted the shutout.
“I’m very pleased with our start,” Richardson said. “We have excellent senior leadership, an athletic team and several players contributing on offense.”
This week, the Lady Panthers continue a four-game home stand Thursday hosting Woodbridge.
Next week they’ll host Laurel on Tuesday and Delmar on Thursday.