April 26, 2013 |
After pitching a three-hit shutout against her team's league rival, Katie Wenger unabashedly declared her fielders' defense "on fire. " Then the Agnes Irwin righthander said that she loved them. The junior's enthusiasm was well warranted Thursday afternoon, as the host Owls defeated Episcopal Academy, 2-0, in an Inter-Ac League softball game. The Agnes Irwin victory snapped the Churchwomen's four-game winning streak and avenged a season-opening loss to them. "I can throw any pitch and I know that if I mess up that no matter what, they have my back," Wenger said.
May 9, 2014 |
Alex Viscusi gets up on her toes and puts her heels back on the ground. With the softball in her right hand, the Episcopal Academy junior pitcher throws her shoulders back before getting back up on her toes again. She swirls the ball around in her glove, which is in front of her midsection. Then she releases the ball. "I think in terms of a game, when I am walking up to the plate or on the mound, I am [superstitious]," Viscusi said after the Churchwomen defeated Agnes Irwin, 6-0, Wednesday in an Inter-Ac League matchup.
January 17, 1989 |
With three nonleague games remaining before Agnes Irwin was to begin its Inter-Ac League schedule this Friday, coach Dawn Anthony was as optimistic as any coach could be with four key players back on the squad. Shortly after the Rosemont Tournament in early December, which Anthony considers preseason play, Agnes Irwin had won its season opener against Germantown Friends School. Last Tuesday, Irwin resumed its schedule by hosting Harriton in a nonleague battle. Within a few seconds after the opening tip, however, Anthony saw a strong part of the team's hopes for improvement over last year's 3-3 league record crash to the floor.
April 7, 2016 |
Episcopal Academy junior Taylor Lucey has a simple philosophy when it comes to scoring goals. On Tuesday afternoon, the Virginia Commonwealth recruit employed the mantra to net the game-winning goal against rival and defending Inter-Ac champion Agnes Irwin. "With shooting," Lucey said, "we always tell everyone, 'Shoot as hard as you can. If you're going to shoot it, shoot it like you're going to shoot it through the goalie.' " With time dwindling in a nip-and-tuck contest at windswept and nippy Episcopal, Lucey controlled the ball in traffic and fired low to give EA an 11-10 victory.
April 2, 2016 |
Lila Barker has grown into a leader precisely when the Agnes Irwin lacrosse team needed one most. The Owls, who won sole possession of the Inter-Ac championship last season for the first time since 1994, suffered a major setback when senior attacker Hannah Keating, last season's Inquirer player of the year, injured her ACL in the fall. Add an injury to starting junior goaltender Hailey Andress, and Barker, a junior committed to the University of Virginia, was asked by coach Jenny Duckenfield to wade into unfamiliar territory.
May 14, 2015 |
It is more probable than not that Alicia O'Neil was the only player on the field Tuesday in Agnes Irwin's pulse-pounding, 11-10, victory at Notre Dame who learned lacrosse in London, recorded a song in the famed Abbey Road Studios and once sang with the Spice Girls. The sophomore midfielder for Agnes Irwin was only in second grade when her family moved to England. There, she learned lacrosse, the sport her mother, Bonnie, played collegiately at Lafayette. However, that wasn't the only overseas experience that would later come in handy for lacrosse.
January 27, 1999 |
What separates Agnes Irwin from other girls' volleyball teams is the tendency of team members not to separate from each other. "It's an interesting team to watch," Agnes Irwin coach LaJean Jensen said. "Everyone is capable of stepping up when they're in there. From player No. 1 to player No. 10, everyone is capable of finding a role and doing what needs to be done to be successful. Not many teams are capable of doing that. " Agnes Irwin entered the week with a 12-0 record following consecutive wins over George School, 15-5, 15-3, 15-6, on Thursday; Springside, 15-3, 15-5, 15-7, on Friday; and Lawrenceville (N. J.)
October 11, 2014 |
Give Hannah Keating any kind of space, and she is bound to unleash a shot on net. From 20 yards, that's no problem for the junior midfielder on the Agnes Irwin soccer team. Thirty yards? She'll let one fly from there, too. Same goes for 35 yards. Coach Nick Spillane tells his players that when they have a shot to take it, Keating says, so she just "goes for it. " Keating showed her range Thursday afternoon, as she scored two goals and assisted on two more to power Agnes Irwin over Notre Dame, 5-1, in an Inter-Ac League game.
May 27, 2012 |
It seemed the perfect day for Agnes Irwin to capture a Pennsylvania Independent Schools softball title in its first year participating in the two-year-old tournament. The No. 1-seeded Owls were playing at Rosemont College, less than two miles from their campus, a few dozen family members were cheering from the stands, and star sophomore Katie Wenger was in the circle. Then the top of the fifth happened. In that inning, visiting Mercersburg plated the only four runs of the game against an uncharacteristically sloppy Owls defense en route to a 4-0 championship victory Saturday.
May 3, 2015 |
Hannah Keating was about 5 years old the last time Episcopal Academy didn't win at least a share of the Inter-Ac girls' lacrosse championship. Undoubtedly, the kindergarten version of Keating, who comes from a lacrosse family, was playing the sport back then with her older siblings, some of whom went on to play collegiately. "My brothers used to dress me in their football pads and take shots at me," Keating said. "They all played, so I pretty much came out of the womb with a lacrosse stick.