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.
November 4, 2013 |
It was supposed to be a picture-perfect moment. The Upper Perkiomen field hockey team had just won the District 1 Class AA championship by beating Merion Mercy, 1-0, Saturday night at Wissahickon. The No. 2-seeded Indians knocked off the upstart, fifth-seeded Golden Bears to earn this moment, and the girls were going to get as much out of it as they could. The team posed for countless photos taken by parents who flooded onto the field after the medal ceremony, smartphones in hand.
November 3, 2013
SOCCER FRIENDS SCHOOLS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Friends' Central 1, Germantown Friends 0: Jesse Rubin rebounded Jo Fischer's shot from 5 yards 23 minutes into the game, and it was all the visiting Phoenix needed to take their third consecutive league title. All three championships have come over Germantown Friends and all by 1-0 scores. "We expected a tight game," Friends' Central coach Ben Davey said. Sophomore goalie Caroline Fakharzadeh fell on top of a shot headed in from her right with 10 minutes remaining to preserve the shutout.
November 1, 2013 |
It all started with a bench. Not the bench itself, but its location. Specifically, it started with the idea that the status quo for Merion Mercy field hockey had not been good enough and that even the simplest of switches can communicate the greatest of changes. For first-year coach Dani DeLeo in 2011, that meant moving the location of the home bench from the left side of Merion Mercy's field - a longtime Merion Mercy tradition for field hockey and soccer - to the right side. The move, DeLeo said, would instill the notion that things would be run differently with her as coach.
October 31, 2013 |
Before Tuesday afternoon's overtime, Upper Perkiomen field hockey coach Jamie Warren made her players a promise: Win, and no practice Wednesday. Thanks to Casey Umstead's goal with 3 minutes, 4 seconds left in the extra period, the Indians got the day off, after downing Villa Maria, 3-2, in the District 1 Class AA semifinals at Wissahickon. Umstead, a senior forward, scored twice, and the winner came off a corner inserted by Sam Dingler. Junior Hannah Mack had 15 saves. The win sends Upper Perkiomen into Saturday's final against Merion Mercy and finally rids the Indians of the Hurricanes, who had knocked off Upper Perkiomen in the last three championship games.
October 18, 2013 |
Hanging in the locker room of the Conestoga field hockey team is a reminder of how far the Pioneers have come and what more they want to accomplish. It's a sign created by the players and doodled on with multicolored markers. The sign is marked by a number of goals set by the players for this season - most notably winning the Central League, which Conestoga accomplished Tuesday night in an 11-1 win over Penncrest. At the bottom of the sign, all the players wrote their names. "It feels so great to check it off and finish on a high note," senior cocaptain Meghan Connors said after the win. "We see it before every game and every practice.
October 17, 2013 |
If Council Rock North's Erica Herr is feeling any pressure, her coach said, she certainly isn't showing it. Herr won Tuesday's PIAA Class AAA East Regional girls' golf championship and continued her pursuit to be the state's first golfer - boy or girl - to win three straight state titles. The senior carded a 1-under-par 71 at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood. Her day was highlighted by an eagle on the par-4 15th hole. "She's very cool," coach Rich White said. White said Herr separated herself with her putting.
September 27, 2013 |
Downingtown West might be the best PIAA field hockey team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but for now, the Whippets are just trying to get through this week. In the heart of their Ches-Mont League schedule, they are playing three games in a week for the first time this season. Downingtown West carried an undefeated record into the week. On the schedule: home matchups against National Conference rivals West Chester East on Tuesday and Avon Grove on Thursday, and a premier nonleague game at Cardinal O'Hara on Friday.
September 16, 2013 |
Overtime wasn't a pleasant experience for the Holy Ghost Prep soccer team this season. Until Saturday. Mike Kirby jumped over a defender to head in a free kick from Ryan Ockford with 30 seconds left in overtime, and the Firebirds beat host La Salle, 2-1, in a nonleague meeting between two of The Inquirer's highly ranked teams. Holy Ghost began the season at No. 1 but dropped back-to-back overtime games to powers Father Judge and Neshaminy. Then came a blowout loss to North Penn. This was more like it. "We needed this," coach Ken Lawson said.
September 13, 2013 |
The patch tells the story. It's blue and white, nearly two inches in diameter, stitched in the upper left corner of Villa Maria's jerseys. Inside the circle are the letters "MP," the initials of Hurricanes coach Maurene Polley, who, for the first time since 1968, is not coaching Villa Maria field hockey. Polley is taking the 2013 season off while recuperating from an offseason illness. Janet Coady, Polley's longtime assistant, said it was Polley's wishes not to disclose her illness, but said Polley was in good spirits and would try to attend Hurricanes home games this season.