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Sept. 18, 2015 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Sept. 16th

Good morning, and welcome to another year of Friday Statwatch, our run-through the numbers that define field hockey, the numbers that connect the present to the past, and a way for people to keep track of trends throughout the country.

For those of you new to this, we try to publish a list of verifiable statistics every week in categories recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations — and even some that aren’t.

As per usual, Friday Statwatch reflects games through the end of play the previous Wednesday. And for the first few weeks of the season, they’re not going to be very complete, given the nature of the news business and the usual kinks that have to be ironed out in terms of getting scores published both in the newspaper and on line. With that, I’d like to point out that we’re encouraging coaches and scorers to enter their information in the easy-to-use 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 possible.

All statistics should come from any and all timed, scored, and umpired games in a team’s season that count towards a predetermined limit (if any) set by a state or regional sanctioning body and/or qualify a team for, or affect a seeding in, a postseason tournament. This includes any losers’ bracket games for in-season tournaments and any postseason tournament for which a team qualifies.

Please note that what you see below is not going to be identical to the Daily Statwatch numbers in the column next to this one, which gets updated in real time — or as real time as possible, which is much easier to do than it used to be.

We’ll also use this space to give kudos to players and coaches who have achieved milestones.

This site has already touched on Susan Butz-Stavin of Emmaus (Pa.), who broke the all-time record for coaching victories earlier this season.

But there is a hurricane coming out of Hampton Roads this season. Forward Haley Schleicher of Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.), who last year set the National Federation record for career assists, is now assaulting the goalscoring charts. What the lists below do not show (again, look to the column next to this text) is the fact that she had a seven goal game against Newport News Menchville (Va.) yesterday afternoon, which has placed her in a tie for sixth place on the all-time goal-scoring charts.

The Duke-bound senior has been involved in 336 of First Colonial’s goals while she is been on varsity. Only one other field hockey player in recorded Federation history has contributed to 300 of her team’s goals. That someone was Austyn Cuneo, who contributed 422 combined goals and assists in four years at Voorhees Eastern (N.J.).

In a game like field hockey where goals are supposed to be rare, these numbers are unprecedented and are unlikely to be seen again.

So, 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, and the Ann Arbor News:

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, SEASON
20 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
18 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)

17 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
13 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
12 Jennifer Bukowski, Stroudsburg (Pa.)
11 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)

11 Chloe Poltonavage, Herndon Line Mountain (Pa.)
11 Sasha Bull, East Chapel Hill (N.C.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
16 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
11 Dana Bozek, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
9 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
9 Kelsey Keener, Millerstown Greenwood (Pa.)
9 Kelly Shulenberger, Newville Big Spring (Pa.)
9 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
9 Cece Fox, St. Louis John Burroughs (Mo.)
9 Karynne Baker, McLean (Va.)

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, CAREER
159 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
113 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
102 Jessica Welch, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
96 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
95 Kathryn Roncoroni, Glen Gardner Voorhees (N.J.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, CAREER
167 Haley Schleicher, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
70 Bridget Condie, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
69 Dana Bozek, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)

58 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)

GAMES UNDEFEATED
141 Watertown (Mass.)
109 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 
56 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
55 Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.)

38 Los Gatos (Calif.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
81 Watertown (Mass.) 
56 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
52 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 

CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS
28 Watertown (Mass.) 

COACHING WINS
842 Susan Butz-Stavin, Emmaus (Pa.)
724 Linda Krieser, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.)
669 Cheryl Poore, Harwich Monomoy Regional (Mass.)
614 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 

This list is not going to be complete or comprehensive at the start of the season. Like many statistically-based rankings, they’re going to be imprecise early in the season but will get better as time goes on.  If you see a stat that is a little awry (or a lot) send us an email at TopOfTheCircle.com, which should also include a bit of documentation (a website will do) or someone that can be called to double-check. Friday Statwatch is a living, breathing, malleable organism. Please let us know if we’ve missed something and we’ll try to do better next week.

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