After earning a playoff berth last season, Lake Forest wanted to get out to a good start, and they

have, sitting at 5-2 overall.

“The coaching staff has been anxious since the end of last season to get back to working with

this great group of girls,” said Lake Forest head coach Michele Tucker. “We made it to the state

tournament last season, and we’re excited to see if we’re going to be able to stay with that

momentum and go further this season.”

While the Lady Spartans have experience on the field, they’re still young, with a strong mix of

seniors and underclassmen creating a solid team capable of competing within the Henlopen

South Division.

Led by seniors Kaitlyn Stahre, Katelyn Brown and underclassmen Julianna Tyndall, Grace

Aguilar, Bailey Dean, Riley Wood, Hailey Moore and Elle Wood, Lake is in good position to get

back to the tournament, earning all four wins against the Henlopen Conference.

In their wins against Laurel, Sussex Tech, Caesar Rodney, Milford and Woodbridge the Lady Spartans

outscored their conference foes 22-2.

They had some trouble against defending state champs Delmar and contender Cape Henlopen,

but a 5-2 mark within the conference at the midway point is a win. The Lady Spartans have

seen the hard work in the offseason and in practice pay off.

“The girls have been working on their speed, endurance and stick skills,” Tucker said. “We’ve

also tried to incorporate different daily themes into our routine to help prepare us mentally for

our season.”

So far, the work has helped put a balanced team on the field.

Eight different players have tallied goals this season, led by Stahre, Aguilar and Elle Wood, who have each found the back of the cage four times.

Meanwhile, a strong defense has played well in front of sophomore goalkeeper August Warren,

helping keep the Lady Spartans in every game.

The Lady Spartans are back on the field Thursday, hosting Brandywine at 3:45 p.m.

The rest of the way, they’ll play four of their final seven games at home. They’ll travel to take on

Sussex Central, Indian River and Smyrna, and will be hosting Seaford, Polytech, Red Lion and

Dover to end the regular season.