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DELMAR -- The National Field Hockey Coaches Association recently released their selections for there All-Region teams, and the Mid-Atlantic Region squad has a decidely Delmar feel to it. Out of the nine players selected to the squad, made up of the best players from both Maryland and Delaware, three played for the Wildcats in 2011 as seniors Carlee Budd and Caroline Phillips were selected along with sophomore teammate Sara 'Booter' Ellis.
"It feels really nice to be honored," said Budd, who tallied eight goals and eight assists while playing defense for the Wildcats this year. "It's really cool that all three of us got recognized in one year. Before Mallory (Elliott, who was selected to the All-Region team in 2009) got it I hadn't even heard of it before. But it feels really nice for all three of us to get recognized like that after working so hard during the season."
Delmar certainly had a great season, as the Wildcats finished with a record of 17-2 and lost by a single goal to Cape Henlopen in the state championship game. While falling short of capturing a state title was tough, the trio said the season coming to an end has been even harder to deal with.
"Three days after the state championship game we were all still crying because we missed each other so much," said Phillips, who led the team in scoring amassing 31 goals and eight assists as a forward. "We wanted to win the championship, but that's not why we were upset. It was just that we wouldn't see each other at practice anymore, we were so sad, but at the same time it was awesome to have a team like that. Not just a team, but a team of sisters."
Delmar head coach Jodi Hollamon said that having Phillips, Budd and Ellis on her squad made things easy on her because the trio wanted to play field hockey everyday.
"It makes it easy" when you have players like them, said Hollamon. "Because what you can do as a coach is bring things to the field that you can't with players that aren't as skilled. We work on skills everyday, but we can work on things that a lot of coaches can't work on with their teams because there are people who can't hit the ball or there are people that don't know what a flat pass is or a through pass is. I can just go out and say this is what we are going to do, and they can do it. So that makes it easy to coach players that already have a sense of the game, you can challenge them and work on things that you woulnd't be able to work on with other players."
Ellis, who played in the midfield for the Wildcats and tallied 11 goals and six assists, said that being named to the All-Region squad as a sophomore was an honor, but that it also puts a spotlight on her play.
"It does put a little pressure on me, but it also helps," said Ellis, who was also named to the junior olympic team last year. "I feel like it helps out the other people in my grade because they can say 'If Booter can do it, so can I,' and everybody can reach that level. So it does put some pressure on me but I feel like it helps ou a lot of other people to."
By being named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region team, the three Delmar players are eligible to be selected to the All-American squad which will be announced by the NFHCA on Monday.