Putsch heads all-area field hockey team

Notre Dame's Moira Putsch (16) is hugged by teammates after scoring the first of her two goals to beat Episopal. (Ron Tarver/Staff Photographer)
Notre Dame's Moira Putsch (16) is hugged by teammates after scoring the first of her two goals to beat Episopal. (Ron Tarver/Staff Photographer)
Posted: November 24, 2013

The Inquirer's All-Southeastern Pennsylvania field hockey first team:

Attack / Player of the Year

Moira Putsch, Notre Dame

The senior standout offensive threat for the Pennsylvania Independent Schools champion, Putsch surely isn't just the best player in the area - she also is one of the best high school players in the country. Often facing double and triple teams, Putsch scored 54 goals and had 29 assists this season, accounting for almost two-thirds of Notre Dame's 135 goals. She finished her career with 140 goals.

Putsch scored both of the Irish's goals in their 2-1 win against Episcopal Academy on Nov. 6 that clinched a share of the Inter-Ac title. She scored two more to help beat the Churchwomen, 3-1, in the Independent Schools tournament championship last Saturday.

"She is an extremely elite player, and as her coach, I'm just thrilled to be part of her journey," Notre Dame coach Adele Williams said.

Putsch has committed to the University of Maryland.

Attack

Grace Boston, Cardinal O'Hara

A senior who has committed to Boston University, Boston led O'Hara to a 13-5 regular-season record and Catholic League and District 12 championships. She scored 34 goals this year and added 24 assists, bringing her career goals total to 100. Boston scored three times in a Catholic League semifinal against Bonner-Prendergast and five goals in the District 12 championship game against Washington. She was a three-time Catholic League MVP.

Attack

Casey Umstead, Upper Perkiomen

Umstead, a senior Connecticut recruit, led Upper Perkiomen to Pioneer Athletic Conference and District 1 Class AA titles. She led District 1 with 51 goals this season, including the winner in the district championship game against Merion Mercy on Nov. 2. She scored twice in a 3-1 win against Owen J. Roberts in the PAC-10 championship game on Oct. 17. Umstead's two goals in the Class AA state quarterfinals weren't enough in a 4-3 overtime loss to Wyoming Seminary, the eventual champion.

Attack

Marissa Cicione, Cardinal O'Hara

After her breakout junior season in 2012, Cicione scored 35 goals this year to solidify the Cardinal O'Hara attack, along with Grace Boston. Last season, in her second year as a varsity starter, Cicione scored 45 goals. A two-time first-team all-Catholic League selection, Cicione finished her career with 95 goals. She has committed to Stanford University.

Attack

Nicole Catalino, Gwynedd Mercy

A junior, Catalino was the main offensive threat for Gwynedd Mercy in the Monarchs' run to the state semifinals. She scored a goal in Gwynedd's 3-1 win against Villa Maria on Oct. 5, helping the Monarchs clinch a share of the Catholic Academies title with the Hurricanes. She added two goals in a 4-1 win in the Class AA state quarterfinals. This season, she scored 30 goals, added 29 assists, and was voted as team co-MVP.

Midfield

Rachel and Courtney Konowal, Plymouth Whitemarsh

The twin sisters led Plymouth Whitemarsh to an undefeated season in the Suburban One League American Conference. Rachel and Courtney Konowal ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the league in points with 63 and 60, respectively. Both are members of the WC Eagles, a prestigious field hockey club in the area. Rachel Konowal has committed to Monmouth University. Courtney Konowal is deciding between Monmouth and Kutztown.

Midfield

Katie O'Donnell, West Chester Henderson

If it wasn't for Moira Putsch's historic season, player-of-the-year honors would have gone to O'Donnell. She scored 43 goals and added 32 assists this season, leading Henderson to the Ches-Mont League National Conference championship and the first District 1 title in program history. O'Donnell excelled on both ends of the field, accounting for 40 percent of Henderson's overall offensive production and averaging 17.3 defensive stops. She has committed to Penn State for lacrosse.

Midfield

Corinne Persichetti, Gwynedd Mercy

The junior was voted team co-MVP in a season in which Gwynedd Mercy advanced all the way to the Class AA state semifinals. To help her team get there, Persichetti scored in the Monarchs' 4-1 victory against Archbishop Carroll in the state quarterfinals. This season, Persichetti scored 21 goals and added 38 assists. She also was a member of the 2012 WC Eagles under-16 team that won a national championship.

Back

Becca Zamojcin, Archbishop Carroll

The senior captain provided stability all season for Archbishop Carroll, the Catholic League runner-up.

Her defense helped hold Cardinal O'Hara standouts Grace Boston and Marissa Cicione scoreless in each of Carroll's two games against the Lions this year.

Zamojcin was named team MVP and voted first-team All-Catholic League. She has committed to the University of Virginia.

Back

Christy Palazzese, Episcopal Academy

A junior hybrid midfielder/back, Palazzese was an integral part of an Episcopal team that prided itself on its defense spurring offensive opportunities. Palazzese helped the Churchwomen earn a 20-1-1 regular-season record and a second-place finish in the Inter-Ac League. Palazzese, who scored eight goals and added 11 assists this season, has committed to play at Duke.

Goalie

Gianna Pileggi, Episcopal Academy

Pileggi was Episcopal's crucial goal-stopper in the ultracompetitive Inter-Ac League. Despite consistently facing some of the best scorers in the area, Pileggi posted a 90.7 save percentage and 11 shutouts. In a 2-1 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 6 that decided the Inter-Ac, Pileggi made 17 saves. She made 117 saves all season and allowed only 12 goals.

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