Cape Gazette

Cape field hockey splits squad hosting 20-team play day

Cape and Sussex Tech represent last four state titles
By Dave Frederick | Aug 20, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape's Jordan Brown reverses field away from a Tech defender.

The Cape field hockey program hosted its first early season play day on the third day of practice Aug. 17 as 20 teams each played four 20-minute games, all started and stopped by a common horn.

Cape used the Legends and Champions stadiums and the two screaming green Bermuda pitches, which are first-class fields. The Legends Stadium Field House served as ground zero. There were team tents set up and lots of parents and fans, not to mention the last four state champions in Cape and Sussex Tech teams with two apiece and Delmar a state finalist the last two years with an entire team returned for 2013.

Cape broke into a Blue Squad and Gold Squad and a JV team.

Teams representing were Cape, Sussex Tech, Appoquinimink, Delmar, Dover, Indian River, Seaford, Smyrna,Tatnall, Woodbridge, Wooten and Worcester.

“We invited teams from upstate Delaware and Maryland," said assistant Debbie Windett. “We want to play the best teams; it just makes everyone better.”

Cape Gold played rivals Sussex Tech and Delmar in early morning scrimmages while Cape Blue played Wooster and Wooten.

Coach Kate Windett, with all but five players returned from last year’s state championship team and a powerhouse junior varsity squad, mixed and matched players for the first full-field look at the 2013 river of talent.

Cape's next competition is the Polytech play day on Saturday Aug. 24.

Cape opens the season at home against Laurel (2-10-2 in 2012) on Tuesday, Sept. 10, then plays at Milford (10-6) on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Windett Wire - Cleared with head coach Kate and her assistant and mother Debbie, some field hockey stories will feature a postscript Windett Wire, which is like New and Nuggets except a lot cooler: Cape scrimmaged Delmar on the Bermuda grass Aug. 17 with the Wildcats sporting those T-shirts, No Turf - No Lights - Just Tradition. The game ended scoreless. Good teams can hit and run and get a ball past you to score at any time. Delmar and Sussex Tech are those types of teams. We can do that too but we're mostly relentless on attack and a keep possession type of team. We need to convert corners because we get a lot of them. In the 2012 Cape 2-1 state championship win over Delmar at Milford, Cape outshot the Wildcats 13-3 with a 15-1 advantage in corners.

Cape senior Amanda Smith scores the first goal of the preseason in the scrimmage with Woodbridge. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Sydney Ostroski, right, moves the ball into the Vikings' offensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Camryn Bernheimer passes into the circle against Woodbridge. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Sydney Ostroski keeps her eye on a high ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Karissa Lemaire looks to pass to a teammate. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Erin Coverdale blocks up a Woodbridge pass. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Peyton Medd looks to pass into the scoring circle. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Carly Dmiterchik speeds past an opponent. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Erin Coverdale winds up to take a shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Erin Coverdale flicks a shot on goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Cassidy Blevins controls the ball from a Sussex Tech defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Maggie Delp winds up to shoot on goal in the scrimmage with Sussex Tech. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Lizzie Frederick shoots on goal in the scrimmage with Woodbridge. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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