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Aug. 11, 2015 — A scoring parallel in a small Massachusetts school

You may have noticed that the Daily Statwatch to the right of this blog entry has changed over to field hockey, but I wanted to point out one bit of information before too much longer.

Last spring, two players made the Top 10 in all-time single-season scoring. Both are underclasswomen; sophomore Bridget Ruskey of Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.), scored 133 goals, which is good for ninth-best all time.

The other one, however is a junior from Harvard, Mass. named Sophia Turchetta. If you haven’t heard of her yet, you should.

Turchetta, in helping Harvard Bromfield School (Mass.) to within a whisker of MIAA Division 2 honors the last couple of years, is already the one of the nation’s all-time leading goal-scorers. She finished her fourth varsity season (Massachusetts allows 8th-graders to play with their high-school teams) with 428 goals.

Turchetta is the team’s center, meaning that she scores a lot of goals from midfield. She has 109 career assists, meaning that of every six scoring plays in which she is involved, she scores on five of them.

Like field hockey’s Austyn Cuneo, Turchetta has led the country in scoring in consecutive years. Last year, she set the all-time mark with 170 goals, and followed it up with 158 goals this season. In so doing, she joins Smith as the only girls’ lacrosse players known to have led the country in scoring more than once.

And, just like Cuneo, Turchetta has another season left to play knowing that she could leave a mark that nobody could ever touch, seeing as Shannon Smith’s all-time total of 505 goals game in five varsity seasons. After next spring, she will take her talents to Dartmouth College in an attempt to bring the Big Green back to the Final Four.

Make sure you get a look at her before she’s gone. You may not see anything like it again.


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