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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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February 27, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just before Merion Mercy's free-throw shooters released their shots in a deathly silent Wissahickon gym, a boy from the Radnor student section sneezed, yelled, or made animal noises on cue to create a distraction. Eventually, the Merion Mercy crowd tried to counter, and as fate would have it, Radnor had the game in the balance at the line in the final seconds. Fifth-seeded Merion Mercy (14-12) ended up missing 8 of 15 free throws a game after making 24 of 30 in the quarterfinals against Chichester, but nothing could distract Myonie Williamson and Nicole Massimino.
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November 16, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daan Polders' whiteboard has seen better days. Polders trekked the implement, a staple throughout his coaching career, with him to Villa Maria this season from his previous gig at Colorado Academy in Denver. But it has taken a beating. The board has been stepped on, struck by misfired balls, and tripped over throughout the last three months - in addition to being subject to an occasional funny message or two scribbled by players. Nevertheless, the board is still magnetized. It still erases, despite a bit of water damage.
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November 16, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WHITEHALL, Pa. - One by one, the Villa Maria players were called to the front of the line over the loudspeaker. When they got there, first-year coach Daan Polders was waiting for them. He placed medals around their necks and hugged them before they jogged back to their place in line. Goalkeeper Erika Miller couldn't stop smiling. Forward Adeline Delgatto couldn't stop crying. The crowd wouldn't stop cheering. Saturday in the PIAA Class AA field hockey final, Villa Maria beat an undefeated Crestwood squad, 2-1, and earned the program's first state title since 1994.
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November 16, 2014 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
Megan Vermeil is the first Vermeil girl to play field hockey, which might explain why her famous grandfather doesn't know too much about the sport. "Whenever he tries to give me field hockey pointers, he's like, 'Oh, never mind, I don't know anything,' " she said. "He'll be like, 'Take it in to them and shoot around them.' And I'm like, 'It's a lot harder than it looks.' " Somehow, Dick Vermeil's youngest grandchild is making it seem easier than it looks. The Villa Maria junior is playing in the state tournament for the first time and has taken on a lead role on the raised stage.
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November 16, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Casey Kilchrist's gloves were off, literally. When the PIAA Class AA girls' soccer final started Saturday morning, the Villa Joseph Marie sophomore, like many of the Jems, had black gloves on to keep warm in the 35-degree weather at Hersheypark Stadium. Then she scored a goal in the first two minutes of the contest, and the game wasn't even five minutes old when Kilchrist ran to the sideline to throw off the gloves. They had served their purpose; Kilchrist was warm enough.
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November 12, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
EMMAUS, Pa. - Someone was missing. During a timeout in the second half Tuesday night, Villa Maria huddled on the field around coach Daan Polders as his team strategized on how to break its scoreless game against Moravian Academy. For the first part of that huddle, however, Lindsay Dickinson was on the sidelines tending to her injured right hand. An opposing player had struck her with a stick, and the inside of her palm was bloody and swollen, but she wouldn't stay on the sideline long.
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November 9, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Murphy Agnew scored the first four goals as the Villa Joseph Marie girls' soccer team beat Dallas, 5-0, Saturday in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals at Hamburg. Agnew also assisted on the fifth goal, scored by Allie Trzaska. Trzaska assisted Agnew three times. Alexa Fabbri added an assist. Gretchen Frantz and Danielle Samson split the shutout. PIAA Class A Soccer Quarterfinals Trinity 3, Christopher Dock 2 (OT) - Nikki Clements and Bailey Kratz scored for Christopher Dock, which lost in overtime at Hamburg.
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November 8, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown East has never been here before, but Courtney McGinty has. The Cougars assistant coach played field hockey for Downingtown before it split into two campuses 11 years ago, and was the team's cocaptain during a 1997 run that ended with a 1-0 loss to Emmaus in the PIAA Class AAA championship game. Now, Downingtown East will compete against Central Bucks South on Saturday in the school's first state-quarterfinal appearance, and McGinty is hopeful her team can make a run. She has been leading the squad since the program's head coach, Stephanie Bullock, gave birth to a girl shortly after the team's 3-1 loss to Unionville in the District 1 semifinals.
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November 2, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
A notice was issued to the field hockey teams of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon: It's November, so after a one-year hiatus, it is officially Hurricanes season once again. Villa Maria closed out the game with three unanswered goals and defeated Gwynedd Mercy, 5-2, in the District 1 Class AA final at Wissahickon. Abby Siana had two goals and one assist, and MaryCate Butler dished out three assists to lead the Hurricanes. It is the sixth district title in seven years for Villa Maria (16-1-1)
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October 17, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Vare was the only scorer for Central Bucks East on Wednesday afternoon, but he was the only one the Patriots needed. Vare recorded a hat trick against visiting Souderton in Suburban One Continental boys' soccer, sending Central Bucks East to a 3-1 victory. The win gave the Patriots their ninth conference championship in the last 10 years. It also moved the record of Central Bucks East, ranked No. 4 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, to 13-1 in league play and 16-2 overall.
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