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NEWARK, Del. — For being the first season in quite a long time, not many expected Oxford to do as well as it did this year.
But the Hornets finished the regular season with a 2-0 shutout over Kennett Sunday night, bringing their DSHA Varsity record to 8-6.
“We can’t be happier for the first time out,” said Oxford head coach Harry Giovan. “Every week, it keeps getting better and better and better. We’re doing well.”
The players themselves were even a little shocked at how well the season has gone for them.
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“It feels really good,” said goaltender Ryan Snowden. “At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anybody expected that we’d play as well as we did, but we were able to work together and get better throughout the year and here we are.”
The game itself felt a little bit like a redemption one for Oxford as the last time the two met, Kennett came out on top with its own shutout, 1-0.
“We were really upset after that first loss,” Snowden said. “We needed to come out and get a big win here.”
It also capped off a three-in-three for the Hornets as they played each night of the weekend and came out with a 2-1 record, losing only to DMA, who finished the season undefeated for another year.
Though Oxford lost 5-1 to the Seahawks, he believed the momentum from playing well in the game helped in the win over Kennett.
“We came off a really good game against DMA last night and I think the guys were amped up from that,” he said.
The night was also a celebration for Kennett as it honored its seniors during a pregame ceremony.
“I hate to (spoil their night), but we came to play and we’re trying to get our last game up in the standings and find our who we play in the playoffs,” Giovan said.
Leading the charge for the Hornets was Snowden, who made 21 saves for the shutout.
“Ryan is our star goalie,” Giovan said. “He is a phenomenal player. Thank God we have him in net — that’s all I have to say.”
But the win and the weekend as a whole is what Oxford can use to keep moving forward.
“It’s a big momentum booster for the playoffs,” Snowden said. “It gets our team ready. We know if we play every game, we’ll go pretty far in the playoffs.”
Unfortunately, the postseason won’t start as quickly as the team would like, but they’ll do what they can to prepare in the meantime.
“We don’t like the time off,” Giovan said. “We’re going to have two weeks off now. We had a game Friday night, a game Saturday night and a game tonight and the guys are amped to go and now we have two weeks before the playoffs. We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”