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December 8, 2002 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Eastern coach Danyle Heilig never asked Rachel Dawson to don the goalie equipment. But if she had, there isn't a doubt that the senior not only would have done the job, but she would have excelled. Why? Because there wasn't anything that Dawson couldn't do in the sport of field hockey. Dawson's blend of speed, aggressiveness, leadership and skills has made her The Inquirer's 2002 field hockey player of the year in South Jersey. "Rachel could do whatever she chose to do," Ocean City coach Trish LeFever said.
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November 15, 2000 | By Tom McGurk, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There are 11 ways the Eastern field hockey team can turn the tide of a game. That is how many set plays Eastern has in its penalty-corner arsenal, and the Vikings showed again yesterday that there is no other team in the state that can capitalize better on the corner. Even in raw and slippery conditions, Eastern turned three corners into goals and cruised to a 4-0 victory over Lenape in the state Group 4 semifinals at Shawnee. Eastern (22-0) will meet the winner of today's game between Morris Knolls and Hamilton East in Sunday's state title game at 2 p.m. at College of New Jersey.
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September 16, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eastern field hockey team didn't have to wait long for a challenge. After opening with a 10-0 win over Lenape, Eastern received a much sterner test but prevailed with last night's 2-0 victory over visiting Moorestown in a nonleague battle of perennial state powers. Corrine Allen broke a scoreless tie by scoring with 10 minutes, 59 seconds left in the second half on an assist from Geena Lesiak. Mariel Papa added an insurance goal with 3:53 left. Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, Eastern is 2-0, while No. 3 Moorestown dropped to 1-1. "This was a great test, and Moorestown is an outstanding team," said Eastern coach Danyle Heilig, whose team dominated in the second half.
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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.
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August 4, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, For The Inquirer
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.
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February 21, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 22, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 13, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eastern girls' basketball team isn't for the faint of heart. The Vikings have been competitive in every game this season, many of which haven't been decided until the closing minutes. That pattern continued yesterday when Eastern defeated Moorestown, 49-42, in a nonleague game. Eastern (4-4) has been involved in only two games decided by more than 10 points this season, wins against Overbrook and Cherry Hill East. Eastern's only two seniors are forward Marci Logan and point guard Jen Packer.
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December 22, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Meghan Dawson never felt the need to uphold a family legacy that began with her older sisters - Natalie, Sarah and Rachel, who ascended to the ranks of the U.S. national field hockey team. Nor did Dawson buy the notion that she was serving as some sort of torchbearer, who would pass on the birthright to her younger siblings and Eastern High teammates - Hannah and Melanie. "The only pressure I felt was the pressure I put on myself," she said. "It wasn't anything about what my sisters had done before me, or what my sisters will do after me. I had to prove myself, and I wanted to have fun doing it. " Dawson, who accomplished that and so much more, has been named The Inquirer's South Jersey field hockey player of the year.
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October 23, 2002 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Eastern field hockey team got a glimpse of the future, and it helped keep the present intact. Sophomore sisters Ashley and Lauren Walls scored three minutes apart with less than 10 minutes to play in the second half as visiting Eastern beat Shawnee, 2-0, yesterday. The win enabled the Vikings to set the South Jersey record with their 82d consecutive game without a loss, and it clinched the program's fourth straight Olympic Conference American Division title. Eastern, which also owns a state-best 76 straight wins, eclipsed Shawnee's area mark of 81 that was set from 1988 to 1992.
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November 13, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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February 22, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 21, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 23, 2012 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 11, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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August 4, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, For The Inquirer
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.
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July 27, 2012 | BY ALEX LEE and Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 15, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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