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December 28, 2012 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Lisa Mirarchi had been working with teammate Molly Namiotka on a behind-the-back bounce pass. On Thursday night, with her team leading by almost 20 points and a minute to go in the third quarter, she thought she had the ideal opportunity to try it. Both members of the Villa Maria Academy basketball team executed it perfectly. "I just went for it, and hoped for the best," Mirarchi said. The play, which stemmed from a Mirarchi steal and led to a layup for Namiotka, summed up the game for both players in a 57-38 victory over Phoenixville.
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November 22, 1998 | By Melissa Geschwind, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
This time, Villa Maria didn't make it. The Hurricanes, champions of District 1, fell short in their bid for a third straight trip to the PIAA state Class AAA volleyball finals, losing yesterday in quarterfinal pool play to Greensburg-Salem and Conestoga Valley. Unionville, another Southern Chester County League power and the runner-up in District 1, also was stopped in the quarterfinals, losing to Mount Lebanon, Baldwin and Towanda after having survived a grueling day of preliminaries Friday.
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April 20, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When Molly Scullion saw teammate Brittany Colombo hit a triple that one-hopped the fence in the first inning Thursday, she said to herself that she wanted to do that, too. Instead, the senior outfielder for Nazareth Academy did one better. She sent a pitch sailing over the center-field fence for a two-run home run a couple of innings later. Scullion's blast was one of many displays of hard hitting for the Pandas, as they continued to roll through the Catholic Academies league, defeating Villa Maria, 13-3, in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
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November 14, 1991 | By Chris Morkides, Special to The Inquirer
Villa Maria field hockey coach Maureen Polley's voice had been growing fainter and fainter with each succeeding win in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. The Hurricanes' 1-0 overtime victory over Southern Columbia in the state semifinals Tuesday literally left Polley speechless. Sophomore Missy Sweeney scored the winning goal 2 minutes and 49 seconds into sudden-death overtime to propel Villa into Saturday's championship against Upper Moreland. The rematch with the team that beat Villa, 2-1, in the District 1 final will be held at Ursinus College at 1 p.m. Polley hopes she will be able to speak by then.
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April 28, 1999 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The losses were bad. The way Mount St. Joseph was losing was worse. A 2-1 loss in 10 innings to William Tennent last week started things off. A 1-0 defeat to Nazareth Academy and a 2-1, nine-inning loss to Merion Mercy left Mount St. Joseph's players with no nails left to bite entering yesterday's game at Villa Maria. "We couldn't lose another one-run game," Chiefs coach Jack Poole said. "It just cripples you. How much can you take?" As it turned out, Poole never got the answer to his question.
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April 11, 1994 | By David T. Shaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Because of wet weather, Villa Maria coach Kathy Quinn was unable to take her players outdoors for practice until three weeks ago, and the drills were limited to a different area of the soggy field each time. Then came spring break two weeks ago. Quinn and seven of her players - five of them starters - went on a trip to France, sans lacrosse sticks. The only exercise they got while sightseeing was going up stairs at every opportunity. "No elevators or escalators," Quinn said.
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February 22, 1990 | By John Roach, Special to The Inquirer
Villa Maria has completed its sixth straight undefeated league season in the Catholic Academies League, but the Hurricanes have no time to celebrate. Villa defeated Sacred Heart, 45-38, Tuesday, and all 15 Villa players got into the game. Heather Colvin led the team with 13 points, Eileen Butler had 12 points, and Lorraine Kaiser added 6 points and 12 rebounds. Now comes the harder part. After a game tomorrow against Bishop McDevitt, a Catholic League North power, the Hurricanes could play do-or-die playoff games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.
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November 4, 2012 | By Megan Soisson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was midway through the second half of the District 1 Class AA field hockey final Saturday at Wissahickon, and Villa Maria and Upper Perkiomen were stuck in a 1-1 tie. The Indians were taking their first penalty corner of the half, threatening to take the lead on a team that had won 18 straight games. But as soon as Upper Perkiomen inserted the ball into the circle, Villa senior flier Olivia Bolles took possession and dribbled down the field into Indians territory. The ball moved quickly into the circle and in the hands of junior Megan Parsons, who hit it in to break the tie. The Hurricanes kept the lead, and the momentum, for a 3-1 victory and a fourth district championship for their seniors.
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January 29, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
St. Basil's Natalie Kucowski stood above everyone else on the floor on Wednesday night, as she led the hosts to a 59-32 victory over Villa Maria. The 6-foot-2 junior recorded a triple-double, totaling 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks in the Catholic Academies matchup. The victory lifted the Panthers to a 17-2 record. Catholic League. Maura Hendrixson made four three-pointers en route to 15 points for Cardinal O'Hara in a 52-39 victory at Archbishop Ryan. Mackenzie Gardler scored 14 points for the Lions.
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January 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
Bri Talbot's all-around game on Tuesday night helped lead visiting North Penn past Central Bucks East, 47-34, in a Suburban One girls' basketball game. Talbot grabbed nine rebounds, recorded six steals, and dished out six assists to go along with her five points. Kyra Scaliti led the Maidens with 13 points. Also in the Suburban One, Kyla Gibson scored 26 points and William Tennent knocked off host Truman, 55-43. Ches-Mont. Grace Ferguson grabbed nine rebounds and Julie Gawrylowicz scored 13 points to lift West Chester Henderson over visiting Coatesville, 77-47.
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December 13, 2015
ATTACK Jill Bolton, Christopher Dock, Jr. Margaux Paolino, Episcopal Academy, Sr. Quinn Maguire, Notre Dame, Jr. Ali Balmer, Christopher Dock, Sr. Christen Pennington, Neshaminy, Sr. MIDFIELD Lindsay Dickinson, Villa Maria, So. Kallie Gray, Downingtown East, Sr. Tess Horan, Haverford, Sr. BACK Nettie Montes, Owen J. Roberts, Sr. Mizuki Davis, Strath Haven, Sr. GOALIE Claire Riley,...
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November 23, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
On one sideline, pure joy. On the other, utter defeat. For Villa Maria on Saturday, it was the latter, as the Hurricanes lost to Twin Valley, 3-1, in the PIAA State Class AA field hockey final. Defending its title, Villa Maria came out of the gates quickly at Whitehall High School, swarming the opposing Raiders, and controlling the ball for the first minutes of the match. The only problem for the Hurricanes was they couldn't find the stroke that would give them the lead.
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November 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The first time Emma Shimek made her presence known Saturday morning was just six minutes into the contest. The keeper for Villa Maria of Erie made a big save on a shot that would have put the Villa Joseph Marie soccer team up a goal in the state championship. A goal then would have been a game-changer. A momentum shift. A goal that early in the same game between the same teams proved to be the difference last year. The next time Shimek came up big was as the first half was winding down.
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November 22, 2015 | By Adam Hermann, Inquirer Staff Writer
After blowing through the first two rounds of the PIAA Class AA field hockey tournament, District 1 champion Villa Maria walked into a semifinal matchup Tuesday with District 3 powerhouse Donegal ready for a fight, and got one. But Daan Polders' team topped Donegal, 4-3, setting up a chance to repeat as state champions when Villa Maria faces another District 3 squad, Twin Valley, noon Saturday at Zephyr Sports Complex in Whitehall. Villa Maria beat Crestwood, 2-1, in last year's final.
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November 21, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Casey Kilchrist is matter-of-fact about it. "Last year, I didn't score much," the Villa Joseph Marie soccer player said. Four times, to be exact. Conversely, it seemed like all Murphy Agnew did was put the ball in the back of the net for the Jems, as she notched 36 goals in 2014. Scoring goals is a big part of the job for the junior forwards. While Kilchrist would have liked to put more away in 2014, the pairing up top developed an undeniable chemistry. A chemistry first fostered as freshmen for VJM and on Yardley Makefield Soccer Club.
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November 19, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was after Bridget Galen's winning goal found the back of the net. After the Villa Joseph Marie senior gave the Jems a 1-0 win over Fleetwood less than three minutes into the second overtime. After the Jems knew they would be returning to Hershey to play in the Class AA state championship game. After all of those things - the hugs, the cheers, the celebration - the hero in extra time was prone to hyperbole regarding her performance earlier in the contest. "I hit it over like seven times," she said in self-deprecation about her shots sailing over the goal.
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November 16, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
Winning state titles is supposed to be difficult. But the way the Villa Maria field hockey team is playing right now, the Hurricanes are making it look anything but. Villa Maria, the defending Class AA state champions, rolled to a 6-0 victory over Moravian on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals. Megan Vermeil led the way with three goals, and Emily Doyle, Adele Iacobucci, and Hannah Miller each added one. Three goals came off corners. Danielle Acuna recorded seven saves for the shutout.
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November 12, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alayna Gairo scored the winner just before halftime Tuesday as Spring-Ford came from behind to defeat Archbishop Ryan, 2-1, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer tournament. Ryan took an early lead at Northeast after Jules Blank scored three minutes in. KK O'Donnell tied it a few minutes later. PIAA State Class AAA Field Hockey 1st Round Elizabeth Farrell scored in OT and Downingtown East dispatched Stroudsburg, 1-0, at Spring-Ford. PIAA State Class AA Field Hockey 1st Round Annina Iacobucci knocked in three goals as Villa Maria sank Boiling Springs, 4-1, at Quakertown.
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