June 19, 2016 |
As she recalls, Maddie Morano was in second grade, and she had had enough of being on the sidelines. Seeing her older sister, Kasey, playing field hockey and watching all the other girls running around was too much for her to continue as a spectator. "I was just itching to get a stick in my hand," she said. And in the spring there was the similar itch for a bat. Morano gravitated to field hockey and softball at a young age, and her passion and skill only grew as the years went by. Her motor was nonstop then in both sports, and it still is now. As a senior at Eastern, Morano became one of the top field hockey players in the country and among the best softball players in South Jersey.
November 13, 2014 |
The most telling number about Danyle Heilig as a field hockey coach isn't 400. It's 10. Heilig won her 400th game on Wednesday night, as Eastern beat visiting Freehold Township, 13-0, in the Group 4 state semifinals. Senior Austyn Cuneo delivered six goals, junior Nikki Santore scored four, and sophomore Mackenzie Keegan added three for Eastern (24-0), the No. 1 team in the nation in the topofthecircle.com rankings. Eastern will play for its 16th straight Group 4 state title against Bridgewater-Raritan on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bordentown.
March 5, 2013
The U.S. women's field hockey team routed host Brazil, 6-0, Monday on the first day of the International Hockey Federation's World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, making coach Craig Parnham a winner in his debut with the squad. Mount St. Joseph graduate Katie Reinprecht scored before Katie O'Donnell (Wissahickon High) connected on a penalty corner by redirecting a shot by Rachel Dawson (Eastern). Lauren Pfeiffer (Lenape) finished off the scoring with a goal in the final minutes.
February 22, 2013 |
Eastern sophomore Austyn Cuneo, the two-time Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey field hockey, has committed to the University of North Carolina. Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said Wednesday that Cuneo, who is on pace to shatter the national record for career goals, has drawn "very strong interest" from virtually every top college program in the country. Heilig said Cuneo has made several visits to North Carolina and decided to end the recruiting process halfway through her high school career.
February 21, 2013 |
Eastern sophomore Austyn Cuneo, the two-time Inquirer Player of the Year in South Jersey field hockey, has committed to the University of North Carolina. Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said Wednesday that Cuneo, who is on pace to shatter the national record for career goals, has drawn "very strong interest" from virtually every top college program in the country. Heilig said Cuneo has made several visits to North Carolina and decided to end the recruiting process halfway through her high school career.
December 23, 2012 |
Few of the girls - and nearly none of the boys - knew the working end of a field hockey stick as they filed into the gym at Delran Intermediate School. Now maybe one or two will grow up to be a field hockey Olympian like Rachel Dawson. "I'm here to teach you about the sport I love," Dawson told the youngsters, ages 8 to 11, and held up a curved, clubfooted stick she likened to an "upside-down candy cane. " In minutes she would put sticks in the hands of all 65 and send them scurrying around the gym. But this was more than mere child's play.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - Van Halen's "Jump" never sounded so good to U.S. field hockey player Paige Selenski. Selenski scored her first Olympic goal in the game's seventh minute, but the United States lost, 2-1, to Belgium on Friday, falling to 12th place in the Olympic standings. The Van Halen song was played throughout the stadium to celebrate Selenski's marker. Selenski came in as a substitute less than five minutes into play, the first sub by either team. She jumped into a well-conceived attack, propelled by pinpoint passing between teammates.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON - Lauren Crandall stood on the stroke line and stared straight ahead, right through the helmet of Australian goalie Toni Cronk. Crandall had a plan for the penalty stroke. It was just her and the goalie, and the captain of the U.S. field hockey team was going to aim for the bottom left corner. "It went exactly where I wanted it to go," the Central Bucks East graduate said. "I just didn't want her to save it. " But Crandall's miss was just one of several lost opportunities for Team USA in its 1-0 loss to Australia on Thursday at Riverbank Arena.
July 27, 2012 |
AS LEGEND GOES, an Englishwoman named Constance Applebee brought field hockey to the United States, more specifically to upstate New York, in 1901. Within 20 years, Applebee and her teachings had made their way south to Philadelphia, where she began coaching at Bryn Mawr College. In 1920, she took a team of Philly-area women across the pond to England to compete against the world's best. Just like that, Philadelphia was officially on its way to becoming an American field hockey hotbed.
November 15, 2011 |
They come and they go through the dynasty that is Eastern field hockey - all-state players, Division I athletes, even future members of the U.S. national team. But there's something special about Austyn Cuneo. "She is, hands down, the best freshman I've ever had," Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said of Cuneo, a ninth grader whose size, speed, skills, and field sense put her in rare company, even by the Vikings' sky-high standards. In her 13 seasons at Eastern, Heilig's teams have won 13 Group 4 state titles.