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Defensive play ‘hurting us,’ coach says

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

(Oct. 19, 2012) The Stephen Decatur field hockey team wrapped up regularseason competition this week, not performing at the level Coach Michelle Fluty would have preferred.

“Once again we’re refusing to mark. We’re giving up too many shots in a row. The more shots you give up, the more likely they are to score,” Fluty said after the Lady Seahawks’ 6-1 loss to the Kent County Trojans on Monday in Berlin. “We played OK in the midfield and we’re taking more shots on goal, which is good, but our play on defense is hurting us.”

The Trojans led 3-0 in the first half. Just before the break, junior Cassidy Remmell scored for Decatur, but the home team was shut out in the second half.

Goalie Abby Friedman, a junior, stopped three Kent Island shots in the first half. Freshman Sophia Clementi made six saves in the second half.

The Seahawks head into the post season with a 2-10 record. The draw for playoff bracket seeding was scheduled for Thursday. The first round of the 3A East regional tournament is set for Tuesday.

“We haven’t seen any of the teams, so we don’t know a whole lot about them. We’ll have to prepare for anything,” Fluty said. “We’re going to continue to work on marking up and taking quality shots.”

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