Oct. 9, 2015 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Oct. 7

Welcome to this week’s Statwatch, the part of our coverage that tried to take the numbers of the game to give you a picture of what is going on nationwide.

I think the most significant statistical occurrence of the week is the fact that Bridget Condie, the fine senior from Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.), is now in the top 15 all-time in career assists. Not far behind her is Emmaus junior Meredith Sholder, who needs only a few more to get into the top 20. Of course, they’re both far behind the runaway career assist leader, Haley Schleicher, but we have to spread some of the love around, don’t we?

What you see below reflects games through the end of play on Wednesday, which means that it is entirely possible you might see something different in the column to the right, since Daily Statwatch is updated in real time. I encourage coaches and student managers to register for and use the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as we can.

Here’s what we’ve compiled thus far, thanks to, amongst others, MaxPreps.com, Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MassLive.com, The Washington Post, The Reading Eagle, Newsday, and The Ann Arbor News:

45 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
43 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
42 Bree Bednarski, Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.)
36 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
35 Jennifer Bukowski, Stroudsburg (Pa.)
31 Kathryn Roncoroni, Glen Gardner Voorhees (N.J.)
31 Alyssa Curtis, Camden (N.Y.)
30 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)

36 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
27 Briana Muniz, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
26 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
23 Emily Wanko, Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.)

20 Dana Bozek, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
19 Nikki Santore, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
18 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
18 Kelsey Keener, Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.)
18 Madison Skeie, Manahawkin Southern Regional (N.J.)
18 Jenna Herlihy, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)

182 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
140 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
129 Alyssa Curtis, Camden (N.Y.)
121 Kathryn Roncoroni, Glen Gardner Voorhees (N.J.)
120 Jessica Welch, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
111 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
109 Madison Maguire, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
101 Ally Parker, Orange Ralph C. Mahar (Mass.)
96 Bree Bednarski, Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.)

187 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
85 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
78 Dana Bozek, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
75 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
59 Alyssa Curtis, Camden (N.Y.)

149 Watertown (Mass.)
115 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 
63 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
63 Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.)

60 Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.)
43 Los Gatos (Calif.)

89 Watertown (Mass.) 
63 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
58 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 

850 Susan Butz-Stavin, Emmaus (Pa.)
731 Linda Krieser, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)
672 Cheryl Poore, Harwich Monomoy Regional (Mass.)
618 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 

So, what’s above isn’t perfect. But we’re trying. If you see something askew or missing, send us an email at TopOfTheCircle.com. Give us a name or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can make the adjustment — something much easier these days because of the Web. Thanks for reading, and we’ll be back next week with a better edition.

Oct. 8, 2015 — What PIAA reclassification means vs. what it should have meant

Yesterday, the most influential state in American field hockey altered the way it chooses its state champions.

In a vote yesterday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to add classifications to most of its championships, including everything from football to baseball to soccer to softball.

Pennsylvania’s field hockey championships, beginning in a couple of years, will now have three classifications instead of two under the PIAA umbrella.

This has plenty of ramifications, especially for smaller districts in the state which will have only a handful of teams playing into the state bracket; I think it is going to make some district qualification criteria difficult to hammer out when you have only a couple of teams from one district having to combine with another district to form a region; similar to what happens annually with Pittsburgh Allardice (Pa.) and Waterfall Forbes Road (Pa.), who are the only field hockey schools in their respective districts.

So, now that there are going to be three tournaments, where exactly do you draw the enrollment line? You want to have about 94 teams in each classification so that the pool of 281 PIAA members is split relatively evenly.

If you take the list published on the PIAA website, and take the lowest 95 schools for enrollment in the AA classification, you can take any and every school with fewer than 300 female students enrolled. Add the three AAA schools with fewer than 300 female students (York Country Day School, South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia), and you get a total of 98 schools for our proposed new Class AA.

The two schools that stand out in the new AA classification (should the cutoff be 300) are Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) and Oley (Pa.) Valley. But what also stands out is a pretty sizable split amongst the schools in the Wyoming Valley Conference. Should the cutoff be at 300 female students, this would mean that Wyoming Seminary, Lehman Lake-Lehman (Pa.), Wilkes-Barre Holy Redeemer (Pa.), and Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.) would be in the new Class AA — and away from Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.), which would be a level above.

But more on Class AAA in a moment. Let’s go to the opposite end of the enrollment spectrum. In building the new Class AAAA for the largest schools, it is easy to take the largest 98 schools and have the cutoff number be exactly 500 students. The thing is, there is a cluster of schools near the 500-student mark. But for one or two students moving away or opting for a private school option, schools like Ephrata (Pa.) or Malvern Great Valley (Pa.) could be in completely different divisions from cycle to cycle.

And this is incredibly important, since I think the proposed Class AAA would be the most powerful by far. If you look at the 85 PIAA-member schools which are reported to have between 300 and 500 female students, you have Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.), Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.), Flourtown Mount St. Joseph Academy (Pa.), Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.), Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.), Palmyra (Pa.), and Selinsgrove (Pa.). That’s a veritable Murderer’s Row of field hockey teams that could all be drawn into the same state tournament bracket to end the season.

Now, the highest classification (which we’re calling Class AAAA) would be led by Emmaus (Pa.), Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.), Landisville Hempfield (Pa.), Ambler Wissahickon (Pa.), Fairview Village Methacton (Pa.), and Plymouth Wyoming Valley West (Pa.), all of whom have either won or been really close to winning the state title the last decade and a half.

While all of this unfolds, the Pennsylvania of Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) will continue to hold a single-bracket state tournament for its group of independent, parochial, and preparatory schools in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League, the Friends School League, and the Inter-Ac Conference.

And herein lies a problem. Currently, the PIAA does not hold separate competitions for non-public schools. I did a back-of-the-envelope experiment yesterday and found that it is possible for the PIAA to have a fourth non-public division if it would partner with the PAISAA to fill a bracket using the roughly 70 prep, charter, Quaker, Christian, Roman Catholic, and Mennonite schools in the state that have the sport.

It would have to take a sea change in the level of competition for that to happen. But I think that sea change has already occurred. For the last three or four seasons, the highest level of competition in Pennsylvania has been found in the Inter-Ac Conference. The level of talent coming into U.S. colleges from the likes of Episcopal Academy, Agnes Irwin, and Academy of Notre Dame de Namur has borne that out thus far.

Plus, when you look at recent U.S. women’s national team history, there’s a roughly even split between Pennsylvanians coming from private schools as opposed to those coming from public schools. And, it’s likely that, when the Olympic women’s roster is named sometime next year, a quarter of the team will have come from private-school teams with PIAA membership.

Perhaps it’s time to at least think about a PIAA non-public division; it would make a Tournament of Champions much more likely, don’t you think?

Oct. 6, 2015 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 4

It was a week of near-misses. A number of teams tried to knock off members of our Top 10 last week, but No. 2 Emmaus (Pa.) held on in overtime, No. 4 Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) got a late winner, and No. 5 Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) got a fifth-round penalty stroke winner to hold of a game Lower Dauphin side. Given the competitiveness of hockey nationwide, this isn’t the last we’re going to see of dramatic results, I assure you.

This week’s RightToRightIsRight.com No. 11 Team of the Week is Milford Caroline (Va.), which plays in the very tough Conference 19 in central Virginia. Amongst the team’s league rivals are former VHSL champions Fredericksburg Chancellor (Va.) and Fredericksburg James Monroe (Va.). But the Cavaliers have found recent success with consecutive wins over Heathsville Northumberland (Va.) and Mineral Louisa (Va.).

1. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 9-0

Nikki Santore (20 goals, 18 assists) paces the Vikings’ attack

2. Emmaus (Pa.) 11-0

Meredith Sholder (39 goals, 21 assists) led the Hornets on a comeback last Saturday against Pottstown Owen J. Roberts (Pa.)

3. Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 10-0

About the only thing that could stop First Colonial and attacker Haley Schleicher (42 goals, 31 assists) was the weather that blew through the mid-Atlantic

4. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 8-1

Ali McCarthy (15 goals, 4 assists) got the lone goal that beat North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) last week

5. Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 13-0

Episcopal Academy got a late penalty stroke goal to get by Lower Dauphin to deny the Falcons the championship of the Falcon Classic for one of the rare times the tournament has been contested

6. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 10-0

Dana Bozek (18 goals, 16 assists) is one of the Hornets’ leaders; team will have a tough test against Mamaroneck (N.Y.) this Saturday

7. Watertown (Mass.) 10-0

Though the Raiders have maintained their excellence, giving up only one goal all season, a very tough Belmont (Mass.) side awaits this Thursday

8. Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.) 9-0

Will have a showdown with Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) this Saturday morning

9. Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 10-0

Poured 83 shots on cage against Wilkes-Barrie G.A.R. Memorial (Pa.) and Berwick (Pa.) in dominating victories

10. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 11-0

Gabby Bitts (19 goals, 5 assists) leads the Comets’ attack

11. Milford Caroline (Va.) 4-6

A dozen returning players have helped this team’s hopeful start

Who’s out: None

And bear in mind: San Diego Serra (Calif.) 13-1, San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 10-1, Los Gatos (Calif.) 6-0, Darien (Conn.) 7-0, Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) 5-0, Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 14-1, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 7-0-1, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.) 14-2-3, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.) 12-0-2, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) 9-0, Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School 10-0, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 14-0, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 11-1-1; Houston St. John’s (Tex.) 12-0, Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.) 10-0

Oct. 5, 2015 — A cluster of collegiate milestones

A couple of years ago at this time, we were remarking about the number of high-school coaches who hit major coaching milestones all within days of each other.

This year, the cluster is amongst U.S. collegiate coaches. Two weeks ago, Nancy Stevens of the University of Connecticut won her 600th career field hockey game. Her coaching career goes back to the late 1970s when the AIAW sanctioned field hockey as a collegiate sport, and she was coaching at Franklin & Marshall.

She would go on from there to Northwestern University, then to Storrs in 1990. There were occasional struggles for the Connecticut program, including a 2001 season which saw her team go under .500 for the only time in her career.

The last two seasons have been memorable for Stevens and the Huskies, winning the last two NCAA Division I championships on the backs of skilled midfielders and an airtight defense.

It was last Friday when Sharon Pfluger of The College of New Jersey won her 1,000th coaching victory at Hillwood Lakes in an unparalleled career as both lacrosse and field hockey coach. For the record, the totals were 455 lacrosse wins and 545 field hockey victories, and a whopping 20 NCAA titles.

Given the time constraints and the specialization of today’s athlete, it is difficult to get players, much less coaches, to do both jobs at a university. But Pfluger is the last of a dying breed — mostly because she can’t bear to give up one in favor of the other. Indeed, when she stopped coaching in 1998 to focus on field hockey, it ate at her, even though alumna Jennifer Hart steered the Lions to an undefeated national championship season. She was back the next year.

A third milestone took place over the weekend as Missy Meharg of the University of Maryland who won her 500th game with a 6-2 win over Miami University of Ohio. On the sidelines yesterday was one of Meharg’s best players, Keli Smith, who is married to Miami head coach Inako Puzo.

Meharg, like Pfluger, was well-versed in both field hockey and lacrosse at college while at the University of Delaware. But Meharg’s lone national title as a player came in the spring sport, as the Blue Hens won the 1983 NCAA title. She’s more than made up for it by winning seven field hockey titles in the coaching box.

It’s been a season of great moments in the college game, and I think there are going to be more to come in the next few weeks.

Oct. 4, 2015 — What’s inside that counts

There was a game last week that showed just how much the internal fortitude of young people in team sports counts towards success on the field. No matter how much training and dedication a team may undergo, a team that is motivated and unified can overcome a team with better talent.

One week ago, the school community at Washington Warren Hills (N.J.) was rocked with the death of football quarterback Evan Murray. Activities at the school were cancelled last weekend, including a scheduled field hockey game. Last Tuesday, two days before the funeral, the field hockey team faced Skylands Conference rival Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.).

Behind three goals from Megan Thompson, the defending Group III champions took a 4-3 win over the perennial Group IV finalists.

“Emotionally, they really controlled themselves,” head coach Kate Rotham told New Jersey Advance Media. “I told them when they went out there to use that emotion, and play with that emotion. Sometimes emotion can be a good thing if you can hold on to it.”

I’ve seen all sorts of teams over the last two decades rally around the memory of a fallen coach, a fallen classmate, a fallen teammate. Loss is a powerful emotion, and all credit goes to Warren Hills for how they have responded. A hearty “Well played!” from this corner.

Oct. 3, 2015 — No. 5 Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 1; Episcopal Academy wins 3-2 in penalty strokes

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. — There was plenty of talent on display at Kreiser-Hallman Stadium on the campus of Lower Dauphin Middle School for the championship final of the 2015 Falcon Classic. On both rosters were players chosen for Futures Elite, age-group national sides, and even the senior women’s national indoor team.

But stepping up to the penalty spot in the final round of a tied penalty stroke shootout for Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.), the No. 5 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, was a senior, uncommitted to a college, planning to major in marketing.

As such, Corinne Kneizys should be an unlikely heroine. But she coolly knocked the ball into the corner of the goal cage to give Episcopal Academy a 3-2 shootout win after a 1-1 draw in the championship final of the four-team Falcon Classic.

“I took my SATs today,” Kneizys deadpanned. “I figure I can do anything if I can finish standardized testing. I just wanted to score a goal and help my team win.”

The result was an historic occasion; for the first time in recent memory, Lower Dauphin didn’t win the Falcon Classic, which also saw Mechanicsburg Cumberland Valley (Pa.) and Wexford North Allegheny (Pa.) play in the tourney.

The result also represented a form of redemption for Episcopal Academy. It was 50 weeks ago when the Churchwomen stepped onto the field with another historically strong field hockey program from a large public school. And they were shut out 8-0 by Voorhees Eastern (N.J.).

“I think, during the Eastern game, that we felt had to do something different in order to win against a better team,” senior center back Maddie Bacskai said. “This time, we came out and played our game: simple passes, get the ball down the field.”

“We’ve learned,” Kneizys said, “how to be more constructive as a team. We focus on ourselves and how to adjust.”

That, they did. Bacskai, especially, was magnificent on both ends of the pitch. She was hard in the tackles, sure in possession, majestic in her touches, and even contributed in odd-man breaks by filling lanes.

“We had to keep our minds in the game and go out there with a lot of energy,” she said. “We felt as though we needed to stay low, finish our passes, and get our energy up.”

On the other end of the pitch, Lower Dauphin was equally adept at handling Episcopal Academy’s attackers. Rachel Yeager and Halle O’Neill (who were the only two Falcons to score in the penalty stroke shootout) were able to hold the ever-dangerous Margaux Paolino and Corinne Zannoli off the board.

“They’re a quick team,” Yeager said, “so we had to try to stay with them and get behind the ball, channeling them until we got double-teams from my teammates.”

Both sides found chances very few and far-between, meaning that they had to finish the few opportunities afforded them. Lower Dauphin found their goal off a flurry of penalty corners early in the second half, and Logan Gaughan, a pest on the left wing all evening, finished Yeager’s diagonal pass in the 35th minute.

As Episcopal is wont to do, however, it responded quickly. Colby Gallagher, beating two players in the left midfield, slipped a centering pass to teammate Maddie Rehak for the equalizer in the 38th.

From thence, however, Episcopal Academy carried the play. But Lower Dauphin senior goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock, who has played with a number of EA’s players on the WC Eagles hockey club, was equal to the task. Her highlight was swatting away a rising chip shot just two minutes into extra time that was heading into the top corner. She did, however, have to survive chances against Bacskai and Gaughan late in overtime that could have ended matters, plus an untimed corner at the end of overtime.

“It was fun playing against them,” Lilliock said. “At WC, it’s such high competition, and it’s fun playing against them instead of with them all the time.”

EPISCOPAL ACADEMY (13-0) 0 1 0 – 11001 — 2
LOWER DAUPHIN (11-1-1) 0 1 0 – 11000 — 1
LD: Logan Gaughan (Rachel Yeager), pc, 35th
EA: Maddie Rehak (Colby Gallacher), fg, 38th
Stroke goals: EA: Margaux Paolino, Corinne Zannoli, Corinne Kneizys; LD: Rachel Yeager, Halle O’Neill.
Shots — EA: 11; LD: 5. Saves — EA: Bridget Boyle 1, Caroline Kelly 3; LD: Maddie Lilliock 9, defensive 1.

POSTGAME That’s all for now; good night, good hockey

POSTGAME I think this game provides valuable experience to the goalkeepers in this game: Maddie Lilliock for Lower Dauphin, and Bridget Boyle and Caroline Kelly for EA

POSTGAME What an effort by two skilled teams! Either team could have won it in the last 20 minutes of regulation and overtime, though I thought the visitors had better chances towards the end

POSTGAME And that’s game, with EA winning the shootout 3-2 after a 1-1 draw

ROUND 5 Sydney Dreisigmeyer missed;  Corinne Kneizys finds net!

ROUND 4 Taylor Plouse misses; Courtnie Williamson is saved

ROUND 3 Alli Bitting is stopped; Maddie Bacskai is saved

ROUND 2 Halle O’Neill makes; Corinne Zanolli makes

ROUND 1 Rachel Yeager makes; Margaux Paolino makes

END OVERTIME Lower Dauphin will shoot first; Boyle remains in goal for the Churchwomen, while Lilliock will tend the Falcon cage

END OVERTIME We are set for penalty strokes!

75:00 EA PC Bacskai’s backhand saved and cleared!

71:00 Gaughan beats the goalkeeper but shovels the rebound wide! We play on! What a game!

70:40 Bitting with a diagonal pass that missed the intended target by barely a yard; what a response by Lower Dauphin!

67:30 Bacskai fills an open lane and has a half-chance that she misses on the swing; was that Episcopal’s chance?

61:45 Lilliock bats away an eye-high blast from Episcopal that was ticketed

60:00 And we are under way with overtime

FULL TIME EA will put Boyle, its first-half goalkeeper, in the cage for extra time

FULL TIME We’ll have one 15-minute 7-on-7 overtime period; next goal wins. Penalty strokes to follow if we remain goalless

FULL TIME At the end of regulation, the game is tied 1-1

59:00 Last minutes of regulation; who’s got the winning effort in them?

55:40 EA PC Paulino’s shot blocked by Taylor Plouse!

54:15 Gaughan’s shot is saved by Kelly!

52:52 EA PC Option right is tackled and sent away

52:52 Timeout, Episcopal Academy. Will they implement a corner from the training ground?

52:52 EA PC

47:39 Alli Bitting of Lower Dauphin chips it over the football goalpost

45:15 LD PC Bacskai cuts out the pass play and sends it away; she is having an excellent contest

37:31 EA GOAL Maddie Rehak finishes a clever centering pass from Colby Gallagher and the game is tied 1-1; nice response from the Churchwomen

34:37 LD PC and GOAL Logan Gaughan, the inserter, takes the hi-lo diagonally from Yeager and the Falcons lead 1-0; Kelly got a stick to it but couldn’t keep it out

34:00 LD PC save by Kelly!

33:14 LD PC Option-left misfired and goes out of bounds

31:30 EA PC Defensive save by Taylin Lehman! That was going in if she didn’t intercede!

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME EA will bring in Caroline Kelly, their second-half goalkeeper, into the match for Boyle

HALFTIME The assignments for both defenses are clear; bend but don’t break. They are playing outstanding positional defense and preventing good goal shots

HALFTIME The siren goes with the game scoreless

28:30 The alarm bells go off on the EA defense as the ball is misplayed! Lower Dauphin is a hair from scoring but the Churchwomen clear the ball from goalie Bridget Boyle’s feet

26:30 EA PC Save by Maddie Lilliock!

25:00 The defenses are handling up their opposing attacks; interesting to watch the teams’ central midfielders. Both are juniors: EA’s Margaux Paolino and LD’s Halle O’Neill are both fine players who are trying their best to gain advantage in the midfield

15:00 The teams are testing each other in the midfield but the defenses are strong; I think corners will be at a premium tonight

8:00 LD PC A rescued mistrap is sent into the middle but a raised ball is called

5:50 EA PC Bacskai sizzles it wide!

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Episcopal is in the navy with white trim, Lower Dauphin is in the white with royal trim

PREGAME The varsity match will get under way at about 6:20 p.m.

PREGAME The varsity teams are now warming up on a damp pitch with temperatures around 52 degrees; showers are in the forecast

PREGAME And just like that, with a nice backhand goal by Lower Dauphin’s JV, the hosts win the title game.

PREGAME The teams have not taken to the pitch yet because the JV final between Lower Dauphin and Cumberland Valley is in extra time

PREGAME For Lower Dauphin’s part, they are dealing with a bit of a leadership void, having graduated 21 seniors. But the team seems to be doing fine with its current roster

PREGAME I believe that both teams’ greatest obstacles in this final are themselves. Last year, Episcopal was in a showcase game against Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and lost 8-0. The Churchwomen don’t want that to happen again

PREGAME The game is also one of outstanding coaches. Linda Kreiser and Gina Buggy were teammates on the U.S. senior women’s national team in the late 1970s and both have found great success as coaches the last four decades

PREGAME It is meeting of outstanding players on both sides. The Churchwomen are led by Margaux Paolino and Maddie Bacskai; the Falcons are paced by junior midfielders Alli Bitting and Rachel Yeager

PREGAME This is a meeting of perennial state championship teams. EA won last year’s PAISAA tournament, while Lower Dauphin has won the PIAA Class AAA title for the public schools four times, and is the defending PIAA District 3-AAA champion

PREGAME Lower Dauphin is 11-0-1; Episcopal Academy, the No. 5 team in the TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10, is 12-0

PREGAME Playing in the final are the host Falcons, who beat Wexford North Allegheny 7-1; and Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.), who beat Mechanicsburg Cumberland Valley (Pa.) 6-0

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to  Kreiser-Hallman Field at Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) for the final of the Falcon Classic

Oct. 2, 2015 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Sept. 30

Hello, friends. We’re back with you for Statwatch, the part of our site that ties in all of the numbers that make the game of field hockey make sense across the generations.

The most statistically significant event last week was the end of the Watertown (Mass.) shutout streak. What was amazing about that 30-game streak was that it lasted over parts of three seasons. This meant that head coach Eileen Donahue had to get the most out of three completely different cohorts of players on a consistent basis, which is absolutely remarkable in this record-setting goal-scoring era of scholastic field hockey.

As we have celebrated the record-setting exploits of upperclass players such as Haley Schleicher and Meredith Sholder, it is exciting to see underclasswomen such as freshman Mackenzie Allessie and sophomore Erin Matson, and to understand that they will be thrilling crowds for years to come. It’s amazing to think that the finest three single-season goal-scoring performances by both freshmen and sophomores have all occurred within the past six years, and these two phenoms lead a cohort of skilled players.

What you see below reflects games through the end of play on Wednesday, which means that it is entirely possible you might see something different in the column to the right, since Daily Statwatch is updated in real time. I encourage coaches and student managers to register for and use the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as we can.

Here’s what we’ve compiled thus far, thanks to, amongst others, MaxPreps.com, Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MassLive.com, The Washington Post, The Reading Eagle, Newsday, and The Ann Arbor News:

42 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
36 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
36 Bree Bednarski, Exeter Wyoming Area (Pa.)
31 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
25 Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
25 Jennifer Bukowski, Stroudsburg (Pa.)
25 Alyssa Curtis, Camden (N.Y.)
24 Caity Hughes, South Plainfield (N.J.)
23 Emily Surgent, Wall (N.J.) Township
23 Kathryn Roncoroni, Glen Gardner Voorhees (N.J.)
23 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)

31 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
21 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
19 Briana Muniz, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
16 Dana Bozek, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
16 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
16 Kelsey Keener, Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.)

181 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
131 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
123 Alyssa Curtis, Camden (N.Y.)
116 Jessica Welch, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
112 Kathryn Roncoroni, Glen Gardner Voorhees (N.J.)
106 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
104 Madison Maguire, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)

182 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
79 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
74 Dana Bozek, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
70 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
58 Alyssa Curtis, Camden (N.Y.)

147 Watertown (Mass.)
112 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 
61 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
59 Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.)
41 Los Gatos (Calif.)

87 Watertown (Mass.) 
61 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
55 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 

848 Susan Butz-Stavin, Emmaus (Pa.)
728 Linda Krieser, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)
671 Cheryl Poore, Harwich Monomoy Regional (Mass.)
616 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 

Now, here’s where you come in. If you see something missing, please send us an email at TopOfTheCircle.com. Please refer to a person or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can doour due diligence here. Thanks to the genius of the World Wide Web, this feature is the kind of thing that we can adjust if something is misprinted. Thanks for reading Friday Statwatch, and we’ll try to do better next time.


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