Field hockey winds down season on strong note

The Lady Indians’ field hockey season may have turned into a somber one this year, but they proved this week that they aren’t going down without a fight as they kept Sussex Central winless with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday.

Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton: The Lady Indians move the ball around during a field hockey scrimmage earlier this year. Indian River's field hockey team closed up their fall season this week, but not before stealing a 3-1 win over Sussex Central on Tuesday.Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton
The Lady Indians move the ball around during a field hockey scrimmage earlier this year. Indian River's field hockey team closed up their fall season this week, but not before stealing a 3-1 win over Sussex Central on Tuesday.

Central struck first, finding the goal late in the first half. The Lady Indians’ Katie Maguire rallied the team in the second half, though, picking up two assists and a goal of her own to help trounce the Golden Knights, 3-1. The Indians closed out this year with a game on Thursday at Smyrna, after Coastal Point press time.

“The girls came out [against Central] ready to play,” said Indian River head coach Julene Williamson. “It’s usually a good sign when you don’t have to say much to get them pumped. Even though we’ve had a rough season, it’s good to see that they still want these games. They’re playing hard, and it shows that they wanted the win.”

The Lady Indians snagged their third win of the season on Oct. 27, having picked up the others from Polytech and Red Lion earlier this season. Although their 10 losses will not grant the team any postseason action, Williamson is hoping to come back next year with an able squad, ready to pick up where they left off.

“We’ll be losing a lot of players,” she said. “We have 10 seniors this year. By next year, we want to try to get [the returning players] to play more in the offseason, so that, in August, we won’t be starting from scratch. I’d like to get a lot of the returning girls and the girls coming up from the middle-school team to play on club teams and travel teams this fall.”

As for last Thursday’s game, Williamson said she simply wanted to close out the season on a bright note.

“I want to end the game with a nice ride home,” she said. “The team has already proven they can play with a lot of the competition. As long as we finish strong, that’s good enough for me.”