For the first time since 2011, the Archmere field hockey team is advancing to the DIAA State Tournament Semifinals. On December 5, the third seeded Auks defeated No. 6 Indian River, 2-1, at Archmere, securing their semifinal spot. Sophomore Bella Dell’Oso had a goal and an assist to lead her team to the win. She was subsequently nominated by Delaware Online as the "Athlete of the Week".
Mike Lang of the Dialog writes of Bella's first goal,
"The game, played on a windy, cold afternoon, was tied for more than 20 minutes before the Auks took the lead with 10:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. Dell’Oso, a sophomore, caught up with a loose ball while running down the left side of the field. She corralled the ball, dribbled along the baseline, chipped past a defender and sent the ball toward the area in front of IR goalkeeper Allyson Clark. The ball hit something on the way, however, and rolled past Clark into the far corner of the cage."
Archmere had 11 shots and seven penalty corners against Indian River. Goalie Maura Smeader '21 was credited with three saves. Archmere, now 13-1, will play at No. 2 Caravel on Wednesday at 2 p.m.