GW's goalie hasn't exactly kept busy

Posted: October 25, 2013

For George Washington's Kaitlin Sommers, a junior goalkeeper who has allowed only one goal in 10 Public League field hockey games this season, the secret is in the oatmeal.

Not just any oatmeal, but the cinnamon kind, sometimes with bananas and always the Quaker brand. It's what Sommers has eaten for breakfast every game day this year in a season in which she has helped the Eagles go undefeated in the league and get the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs, set to begin Thursday.

In two years as the varsity starter, Sommers hasn't lost a game in the Public League.

However, her statistics aren't exactly what they appear to be.

Because of what Sommers' coach said is one of the strongest midfields in the Public League, Sommers hasn't had to make too many saves this year.

Third-year coach Kathy Paul estimates that Sommers has made close to 10 total saves in her 10 league games this season. Sommers said she has faced even fewer shots on goal.

"She never gets to touch the ball, which I tell her I don't mind," Paul said. "But she makes the saves that she has to make."

Washington hasn't lost a game in the Public League since November 2011. Paul said this year's success can be attributed to the midfield trio of juniors Megan Elmer and Sarah Kleinbrahm and senior Jill Laspee. The three keep the ball in the opposing team's zone and make Sommers' job significantly easier.

"I just think they're the strongest players on the field," Paul said. "The ball very rarely crosses midfield."

Washington will try to continue its regular-season success in the playoffs. At 3 p.m. Thursday, the No. 1 Eagles will play No. 4 Central at the Germantown super site. No. 2 Northeast will face No. 3 Franklin Towne Charter at 4:15 at the same site.

District 1 playoffs. No. 14 seed Hatboro-Horsham scored the big upset of the day Wednesday in the second round of the District 1 Class AAA playoffs, defeating No. 3 Plymouth Whitemarsh, 2-0, on the road. The Hatters advance to the quarterfinals and will play at No. 6 Downingtown West on Friday.

Otherwise, it was a day without many surprises on Wednesday, as the second round of the Class AAA playoffs ended with almost all the higher seeds advancing, setting up matchups of some of the area's best teams in the quarterfinals.

No. 1 West Chester Henderson will host No. 8 Central Bucks West, No. 4 Owen J. Roberts will host No. 5 Conestoga, and No. 2 Central Bucks South will host No. 7 Council Rock South.

All games are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday. The semifinals are set for Wednesday, with the finals on Nov. 2.

The District 1 Class AA quarterfinals are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Catholic League playoffs. Cardinal O'Hara and Archbishop Carroll finished in first and second place, respectively, in the Catholic League and will receive first-round byes in the Catholic League playoffs, which will begin Friday.

No. 3 Bishop McDevitt will host No. 6 Bonner-Prendergast at 3:30 p.m., and No. 4 St. Hubert will host No. 5 Archbishop Wood at 3:45 p.m.

The lower seed to advance will play Cardinal O'Hara in the semifinals at Bonner-Prendergast, and the higher seed will play Archbishop Carroll at Cardinal O'Hara. Both games are scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday.

The Catholic League championship game will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Neumann University in Aston.


jcranney@philly.com

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