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(Left) Stephen Decatur freshman Ava Snelsire works to get the ball from a Washington player during last Friday’s game in Berlin. (Right) Decatur goalie, junior Sarah Smith, kicks the ball away from the goal area. She had nine saves in the 4-0 loss.

(Oct. 15, 2021) The Stephen Decatur field hockey team scored six goals in the first half and five in the second on Wednesday, in its 11-0 victory over the North Caroline Bulldogs in Ridgely, Maryland.

“We scored more goals probably than we have in the last four seasons combined,” said Decatur Coach Katie Griffin.

It’s actually the past three seasons, where the Lady Seahawks scored three, six and three goals, respectively, for a total of 12. Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Decatur squad had tallied eight goals this season.

Junior Bre Ferguson led the Seahawks on Wednesday with four goals. Freshman Ava Snelsire chipped in with two goals.

Senior captains Skylar Griffin (two assist) and Hannah Short, senior Chloe Candeloro, and freshmen Ryleigh Smith and Josie Palmer scored one goal each.

Decatur had 16 shots on goal and netted 11 of them.

“We were playing on thick, rough, damp grass, so the first five minutes we tried to adjust to that,” Griffin said. “We needed to go to stick-to-stick passing and work the ball up the field [rather than just playing long balls]. They did a good job getting the ball to the right side and then working it up.”

Junior Sarah Smith recorded three saves in goal for Decatur.

“It was great to be able to get everyone in and have so many people score,” Griffin said. “Some younger players traveled with us so it was nice for them to get the opportunity to play in a varsity game.”

Decatur will travel to Saint Michaels to play the Saints on Monday at 6 p.m. The next day the Seahawks will host the Crisfield Crabbers at 4 p.m. for their pink game. The Berlin squad will wear pink and there will be a bake sale to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

The final game of the regular season is Thursday at 6 p.m. on the road against the Pocomoke Warriors.

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