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Oct. 21, 2017 — USA 2, Argentina 1

There they were, the red-clad insurgent USA indoor field hockey players, mobbing their goalie, Samantha Carlino, in the goalmouth of an indoor arena in Georgetown, Guyana.

And, true to form, Carlino would not let them into the goal cage. It was an extraordinary scene borne of an extraordinary circumstance, one which no United States women’s indoor team has ever achieved.

A dozen years after losing a chance at the Indoor World Cup on home soil, and after considerable heartbreak thereafter, the Applebees beat Argentina today 2-1 in the gold-medal match of the Pan American Hockey Federation Indoor Championship.

It is the first time the States has ever won the tournament, and it is also the first time they have ever made the FIH Indoor Women’s World Cup.

The winning play came five minutes from the end when Mary Beth Barham knifed in to intercept an Argentina pass in the Albicelestes’ defensive right-wing corner. Barham, having nobody between herself and the Argentina goal cage, was fouled hard, and a penalty stroke was the result.

The U.S. dragflick specialist Ali Campbell stepped to the dot and, hearing a whistle, pegged the corner to tie the score. But the umpires made Campbell take the stroke again because the whistle came from the crowd.

The kerfuffle over the incident, which included a lengthy umpire conference, could have frozen a lesser player. Not Campbell, who scored to give the Americans the lead. It was her 19th goal of the tournament, which led all scorers.

Argentina, staring defeat in the eye, threw every resource short of Luciana Aymar at the American cage, pulling the goalkeeper at the 38-minute mark and earning a corner in the final 20 seconds. But the final shot went wide, sending the American traveling support into hysterics.

The Americans got on the board first through Katie Gerzabek, who, like Campbell, played at Maryland. Argentina leveled three minutes later off the stick of Emma Yanzi.

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Oct. 20, 2017 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Oct. 18

Hi, everyone. Welcome to Statwatch, our weekly roundup of field hockey statistics nationwide and what they mean.

This week, I’m taking a look at the nation’s single-season goal-scoring list, since junior Mackenzie Allessie is making her second appearance in the Top 10. Though she scored her 69th goal in a defeat at the hands of Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) in the semifinals of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament, there is one lens through which you should view these list of high scorers. And that’s through the lens of state championship success.

When you look at the top 12 single-season goal-scorers in the history of the game, all but one of them won the state championship (or in California’s case, a sectional title) the year they set the mark:

96 Austyn Cuneo — Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) won 2013 NJSIAA Group IV title
95 Austyn Cuneo — Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) won 2014 NJSIAA Group IV title
82 Tracey Fuchs — Centereach (N.Y.) won 1983 NYSPHSAA Class A title
81 Megan Rodgers — San Diego Serra (Calif.) won 2016 CIF San Diego Section Open title
78 Carol Middough — W. Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) won 2013 NJSIAA Group I title
76 Mackenzie Allessie — Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) won 2016 PIAA Class AA title
69 Austyn Cuneo — Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) won 2011 NJSIAA Group IV title
69 Kelsey Mitchell — Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) won 2009 NJSIAA Group IV title
69 Nikki Santore — Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) won won 2015 NJSIAA Group IV title
69 Michelle Vizzuso — North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) lost 1994 NJSIAA Group II title
69 Mackenzie Allessie — ??
68 Austyn Cuneo — Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) won 2012 NJSIAA Group IV title

One could argue that having a talismanic scorer of the same caliber as in the list above is a curse for a team rather than a blessing, because all a team has to do is either mark her out of the game or cut the cord between her and the rest of the team. Like Lacey (N.J.) Township did a quarter of a century ago that fateful afternoon at Lions Stadium, Penn Manor showed again on Tuesday that it is possible to beat a team with an unstoppable scorer, although this week’s game was not for a state championship.

So, below are field hockey statistics from available sources. This includes, amongst others, amongst others, Advance Media, PennLive.com, LancSports.com, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, PhilaFieldHockey.com, and the Washington Post. It also includes the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com tool, and I encourage readers to contact their coaches, athletic directors, and student managers so that they may register for and use the MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams as well as perhaps your conference, league, or your state governing body to enter field hockey information there, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible.

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, SEASON
69 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 
65 Olivia Sahaydak, Bethlehem Liberty (Pa.)
49 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)
47 Sarah Wilson, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
44 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
43 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
41 Riley Baughman, Emmaus (Pa.)

40 Ellie McIntyre, Easton (Pa.)
39 Brianna Roskey, Oakhurst Ocean Township (N.J.)

38 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
38 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
38 Hailey Couch, Easton (Pa.)
37 Katie Schneider, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
37 Charlotte DeVries, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 
37 Meghan Reese, Center Valley Southern Lehigh (Pa.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
33 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
31 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
28 Nicki McNamara, Chantilly Westfield (Va.)
26 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
25 Nicole Buckley, Cary (N.C.) Christian
25 Natalie Nava, Edwardsville (Ill.)
24 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
24 Olivia Perrone, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
24 Alyssa Maynard, Falls Church George C. Marshall (Va.)
23 Hailey Couch, Easton (Pa.)
23 Cate Kamenzind, Kirkwood (Mo.)
23 Kara McClure, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, CAREER
205 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
143 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
143 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
140 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
127 Sammy Popper, Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.)
122 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
122 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
117 Charlotte DeVries, Virginia Beach Cape Henry Academy (Va.) and Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)*
115 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
103 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)
102 Charlotte DeVries, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)**
99 Alexis Rider, Delran (N.J.)
95 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
93 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
92 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
89 Olivia Sahaydak, Bethlehem Liberty (Pa.)

89 Ellie McIntyre, Easton (Pa.)
87 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)***

* — four-year varsity career
** — three-year varsity career
***— inactive for 2016-17 seasons

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, CAREER
105 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
102 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
96 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
64 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
62 Greer Gill, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
57 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy

GAMES UNDEFEATED
108 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
82 Los Gatos (Calif.)
75 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
82 Los Gatos (Calif.)
75 Emmaus (Pa.)

So, friends, here’s where you come in, since I know we’re missing some stuff. If you see something that needs correction, please feel to 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.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you in seven days.

Oct. 19, 2017 — Yet another violation of The Third Law of Field Hockey

One of the tenets that this site has adhered to for two decades is the following:

Players play. Coaches coach. Officials officiate. Spectators spectate. Administrators administer. Any time someone takes a role outside of their expertise, it constitutes an imbalance in the entire order of the sport.

One side effect of the pay-to-play culture that has infected many youth sports in recent years is that the parents feel like they are the donors in a political campaign. In other words, they feel so invested in the process that they feel as though they have veto power over decisions that they should never, ever be making.

The latest event that has made the news is the situation of Marq Mellor, a former U.S. men’s national team player who lasted about two-thirds of the year coaching Lincolndale Somers (N.Y.) before being forced out by a group of overzealous parents.

Thing is, the forceout took place during a rough point in the Tuskers’ season, when they had to play Mamaroneck (N.Y.) and Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) in consecutive outings. Before that stretch of play, Somers was 6-4 and in the hunt for a sectional tournament berth.

Somehow, I’m not sure this was the right move on the part of the Somers administration — not just from an experience standpoint, but when it comes to respect. What kind of arragonce goes it take to believe that a player with 100 national team caps and an Olympics under his belt isn’t a good enough coach? What conceit!

Oct. 18, 2017 — USA 4, Argentina 2

How about this?

A United States field hockey team which were two goals down in their first match, only to reel off seven in 13 minutes?

How about an American field hockey side which is being led by a dragflicker from the University of Maryland, and a member of the Score-O Decade of American scholastic field hockey?

Or a team which beat a favored Argentina side 4-2 in the third round of pool play of the Pan American qualifier for the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup?

Meet the current group of indoor national field hockey players, coached by Richard and Jun Kentwell of the dominant W.C. Eagles field hockey club. They have put together a group of recent graduates, five teenagers, and a member of the the outdoor national team pool, Ali McEvoy Campbell. The Boyertown (Pa.) graduate put in the game-winner against Uruguay yesterday and had four goals today against the Albicelestes.

Also figuring prominently on the scoreboard have been Sammy Popper, who had a 50-goal season last year with Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.) as well as Mary Beth Barger, late of Drexel University.

The States are at the top of the table heading into a tough day tomorrow when they have to play two games in one day; one at the noon hour and one about seven hours later. Friday, the United States have Canada in the 21st and final round-robin match. By then, they’ll know if they have one of the two slots in the championship final of this competition.

So far, a good start.

Oct. 17, 2017 — Top 10 for the week of Oct. 15

After a week that saw Moorestown (N.J.) take down North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) and almost do the same to Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), there are going to be some of tremendous games in the next couple of days. West Essex will take on Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.), who is co-No. 6 along with Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), while No. 1 Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) takes on No. 5 Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.).

Also today, No. 4 Emmaus (Pa.) will take on a Stroudsburg (Pa.) team which has given the Hornets fits over the years. And tomorrow, San Diego Serra (Calif.) will take on San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.). This could be the week the rankings are shaken to their absolute core.

Our RightToRightIsRight.com honorary No. 11 team of the week is The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School. This Mid-Atlantic Prep League team has a diverse schedule, one which has the occasional public schools from the capital region, its MAPL rivals, and has also played preparatory schools in Pennsylvania such as Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.). But last Wednesday, Lawrenceville might have earned its biggest victory in several years by beating a Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) team which was only a couple of years removed from winning an NJSIAA state title.

1. Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 19-0

To take on Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) this evening at Lititz Warwick (Pa.)

2. San Diego Serra (Calif.) 17-0

Anticipated intersectional game with San Francisco St. Ignatius (Calif.) was cancelled because of California wildfires; Conquistadors meet San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) tomorrow

3. Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 14-0

Hornets finish off regular-season this weekend before embarking on playoff odyssey

4. Emmaus (Pa.) 19-0

Green Hornets take on a good Stroudsburg (Pa.) team in the East Penn Conference Tournament today

5. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 19-0

The Comets defense has let in exactly four goals all season

6T. Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 16-0-1

Fell two goals adrift of Moorestown (N.J.) last weekend but came all the way back on a Kara Heck goal and three points from Olivia Perrone

6T. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 14-0-1

Has an enormous game today with North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)

8. Norfolk (Va.) Academy (Va.) 15-0

Enjoyed an enormous road win Saturday against Richmond Trinity Episcopal (Va.)

9. Clifton Park Shenendehowa (N.Y) 15-0

Earned top seed in the NYSPHSAA Section II Class A tournament; needed overtime to get by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (N.Y.) this past week

10. Oley (Pa.) Valley 17-1

The Lynx stumbled out of the gate, but have won 17 straight in dominating fashion

11.  The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School 6-4

Annie Morgan and Lydia Wilcox had second-half goals for the Big Red in their upset of Rumson-Fair Haven

Who’s out: North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 2-0 loss to Moorestown (N.J.)

And bear in mind: Monument Palmer Ridge (Colo.) 11-1-1, Wilton (Conn.) 10-2, Delmar (Del.) 11-0, Christian Academy of Louisville (Ky.) 18-4-2, Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) 12-0, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 14-1, Moorestown (N.J.) 10-3, West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 18-0, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) 14-5, Plymouth Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) 14-3, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 12-2, Downingtown (Pa.) West 16-0, Chantilly Westfield (Va.) 15-0, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 11-1

Oct. 16, 2017 — Sacrificing for a dream

Starting today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana, the United States women’s indoor national team will be embarking on its quest for a World Cup berth.

The States take on a field including Argentina, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Barbados, and the host, Guyana. Only the winner will make the 2018 Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany. Already qualified are host Germany, Holland, Namibia, Kazakhstan, and Australia.

This United States team is a very young side, one which includes four high-school players — Madison Orobono, who played on the last couple of state championships teams at Emmaus (Pa.); Anarose McDonogh, a former teammate of Erin Matson at Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.): Paitlyn Wirth, a junior at Greenwood (Pa.); and junior Sammy Popper of Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.).

For these four players as well as their families, it’s been a balance of sacrifice and endeavor, knowing that the States have never qualified for the women’s Indoor World Cup. But given the possibilities hinted at through the performances of indoor national team alumnae Erin Matson and Meredith Sholder, it’s a calculated risk to gain invaluable experience for the next level.

And that next level starts today.

 

Oct. 15, 2017 — Maryland 2, Penn State 1 (2 OT)

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

POSTGAME With four weeks until Selection Sunday, this game was one that Maryland had to win, and got the result in the end

POSTGAME How appropriate that, on Senior Day, that one of the team’s six honorees, Carrie Hanks, scores the goal to break the tie? Hanks is normally a back, and that created a matchup problem for Conley on the Penn State backline

86:12 UMD GOAL Carrie Hanks receives a bouncing pass from Madison Maguire and golfs a soft backhand past Rizzo and into the net! Maryland wins 2-1 in extra time and look at those scenes on the pitch!

85:00 The second OT period is under way

END FIRST OT The horn sounds and we’re still tied 1-1; Penn State has had the better of things the last few minutes

84:19 Hoelsboer tries to chop it from the right wing, but Dembrowski says no

83:20 Bramley gets open space, but Holliday clears the loose change

81:00 Hoelsboer once again attacks the right baseline and frees up space, but has no one to pass to and tries a low-percentage shot on Rizzo, which is booted away

77:00 Madison Morano fills in to try to keep possession for Penn State, but Gonzalez says no

73:30 Fretz with a takeaway of Maryland’s opportunity up the left side

72:30 PSU PC Bramley lifts a shot but deflected wide by the tip of Holliday’s blocker!

70:40 Meijer generates a chance for Putsch; she can’t get a stick on it

70:00 And we’re on with extra time; we’ll play up to two 15-minute sessions with reduced sides. The golden-goal rule applies

END REGULATION The horn sounds with the game tied 0-0; overtime ensues! And not a second too soon for Penn State with that fortunate referral decision

69:54 A bully is called for simultaneous fouls

69:54 PSU REFERRAL Penn State is looking to see whether there was a Maryland foot immediately preceding Conley’s foot

69:30 Hoelsboer is able to work free for a shot that gets to the right post; Maryland is almost able to pounce on the rebound; Conley is able to clear, but a foot is the call

65:10 PSU PC Dembrowski’s shot sticked away by Keus

64:20 Putsch comes in 3-on-2; Hanks has to foul in order to stop the break and a penalty corner the result

62:30 Meijer finds Gini Bramley in the circle but her backhand is chuffed

61:20 UMD PC Ends on a Maryland foot on the stick stop

60:11 UMD PC Keus’ dragflick is sticked away by Skylar Fretz on the post!

58:46 PSU GREEN Meijer off for two minutes for the elbow

56:10 Meijer on the right baseline again, and feeds a ball that Putsch can’t backhand into the goal

56:30 Meijer takes the right baseline and feeds it in front; Holliday deflects it, albeit dangerously, into the D; if Penn State had reacted a second quicker, they’d be ahead by now

54:20 Putsch in the middle of the circle, but hits the opponent’s stick in trying to get her own stick free; it will be a free out for Maryland

54:00 TV TIMEOUT

43:00 PSU GOAL An unmarked Abby Myers puts in her first career collegiate goal off a rebound on a broken play! Game tied 1-1

42:30 PSU PC Meijer’s shot is saved!

40:19 UMD GOAL Right off the restart, Kyler Greenwalt ramps the ball on Rizzo, who gives the rebound over to Hoelsboer on the post. Hoelsboer softly bats it in and the Terps lead 1-0

40:08 PENN STATE GREEN Madison Morano off for two minutes

38:15 UMD PC Keus misses with the dragflick

37:40 Hoelsboer takes it into the circle and opts to feed it to a marked DeBerdine, who shoots it right into Cori Conley

36:26 Meijer takes the ball 30 yards and fires it just wide of the Maryland cage

35:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME Hoelsboer is going to be an enormous problem for Penn State unless the midfield is able to bottle her up

HALFTIME Maryland had some of the better opportunities late in the first half, as well as a couple of penalty corners, but Penn State looked more dangerous, especially when gifted possession off turnovers

HALFTIME The horn sounds with the sides goalless

30:05 DeBerdine with another opportunity thanks to a steal by Hoelsboer! Rizzo has to come out of the cage and force the play wide!

27:00 Brooke DeBerdine with a 3-on-1 chance off the left wing thanks to a brilliant run from Gonzales; ball flies wide of the post

24:42 MARYLAND GREEN Sabrina Rhodes is off for two minutes for the bad tackle

22:00 Lein Hoelsboer takes the ball 50 yards, dishes it off, gets it back, and fires off a shot that Rizzo saves!

21:40 Meijer gets a shot off that is saved by Sarah Holliday; and Linnea Gonzales outlets brilliantly

19:31 PSU REFERRAL The Nittany Lions are looking to see whether Dembrowski’s shot hit a leg on the way through; the Lions get a free-in on the deflection off the Maryland stick

19:15 PSU PC Katie Dembrowski, on the option-right, shoots wide of the cage

17:20 UMD PC Bodil Keus goes for the low drive; Rizzo with the stop

15:15 UMD PC Carrie Hanks with the sweep, and blocked by the PSU defense just wide of the post; that could have easily gone in! Free-in for Maryland

12:00 Penn State coughs it up and Hoelsboer gets two shots on Jenny Rizzo, but both are repelled

9:00 Aurelia Meijer snakes up the right baseline for Penn State and finds Putsch, but the ball is tackled away

6:10 Hoelsboer takes the left baseline but can’t free herself against the PSU goalkeeper

3:55 Maryland coughs it up in its own end and Moira Putsch attacks the space; surprised that a goal shot didn’t come out of this opportunity

2:00 Maryland with an attacking surge, but surprisingly little in the way of possession in the circle; Penn State is so quick to interpose and transition

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Penn State will be in the white tops with blue numbers and kilts; Maryland is in the all-red with white

PREGAME The teams are warming up under changeable skies, with the temperature around 76 degrees

PREGAME Another thing to look for: Penn State has been unusually successful against Maryland over the years. It is one of the few programs with a winning record over the Terps over the years, and that even includes the FHLC Era. Penn State won last year’s Big Ten Conference championship right here on this carpet

PREGAME This is an enormous game for Maryland. The Terps are the third-ranked team in the Big Ten and could use this result for Ratings Percentage Index points for selection to the NCAA Tournament

PREGAME Maryland has had two players who have scored eight goals on the season, Lein Holsboer and Bodil Keus. Penn State is led by Moira Putsch, who, oddly enough, started her career as a Maryland recruit

PREGAME Penn State is 12-2 on the season, while Maryland is 8-5

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to The Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md. for today’s Big Ten Conference match between No. 6 Penn State and No. 16 Maryland