Down­ing­town West turns back Hor­nets

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bill Rudick bru­ @bru­dick55 on Twit­ter

DOWN­ING­TOWN >> A Dis­trict 1 Field Hockey play­offs firstround bye can be a dou­bleedged sword. To earn one, it means you’ve played well enough to be a high seed.

But it also means you’re fac­ing an op­po­nent that al­ready has a game — and the play­off jit­ters that can ac­com­pany — be­hind them while you were on an ex­tended break. It’s a prob­lem Down­ing­town West was all too fa­mil­iar with. A year ago, the Whip­pets was shown an early exit af­ter earn­ing a bye.

This sea­son, The Whip­pets par­layed a Ches-Mont Na­tional Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship sea­son into the third seed, and another bye, and would be fac­ing the tough task of play­ing a team that knew them from the reg­u­lar sea­son in Ox­ford. On top of that, the Hor­nets were com­ing off an emo­tional up­set win over Spring-Ford, the first play­off win in coach

Anna Miller of Down­ing­town West winds up for a pass as Ju­lia Gun­zel of Ox­ford keeps a watch­ful eye.

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