Long-time readers will recognize this feature of the site as a launch into the weekend.
But for those of you new to this feature, an explanation.
Statwatch is our best attempt to assemble a weekly list of verified statistics every week in field hockey categories recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations — and even some that aren’t.
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.
Therefore, I’m plugging the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well as whichever is your local news site, 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 from time to time to give kudos to players and coaches who have achieved milestones.
Three such people are coaches who have achieved major milestones. Debbie Bross, the head coach of Bethlehem Moravian Academy (Pa.) became the 31st known member of the 500-win club back on Sept. 6 with a 3-2 overtime win over Center Valley Southern Lehigh (Pa.).
On Wednesday, Eileen Donahue of Watertown (Mass.) became the 11th member of the 600-win club with a 5-0 win at Reading (Mass.) Memorial. That same day, Cindy Cuthbertson of Lakeville Apponequet (Mass.) won her 400th game with a 2-1 win over Bourne (Mass.).
So, here’s what we’ve compiled thus far, thanks to, amongst others, MaxPreps.com, PhilaFieldHockey.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
24 Jillian Shive, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (Ohio)
17 Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
17 Annie Genovese, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.)
15 Annie Fuhrmann, Webster Groves (Mo.)
14 Mary Reynolds, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.)
13 Madison Walsh, Creve Coeur Whitfield School (Mo.)
13 Kelly Shulenberger, Newville Big Spring (Pa.)
12 Emily Peters, Lebanon Cedar Crest (Pa.)
12 Taralyn Naslonski, Randolph (N.J.)
12 Kathryne King, Ladue Horton Watkins (Mo.)
12 Fiona Vetter, Ladue Horton Watkins (Mo.)
12 Ellie McIntyre, Easton (Pa.)
12 Mary Williamson, St. Louis Mary Institute-Country Day School (Mo.)
12 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
11 Emma Boutcher, Enola East Pennsboro (Pa.)
11 Margot Lawn, Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.)
11 Trinity Ponton, Wyomissing (Pa.)
11 Hailee Hallard, Middletown (N.J.) North
11 Chandler McFeeley, Mullica Hill Clearview Regional (N.J.)
11 Gab Scocca, Hammonton St. Joseph’s (N.J.)
10 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
10 Taylor Sullivan, Kirkwood (Mo.)
10 Kellie Ryan, Guilford (N.H.)
10 Mackenzie Karl, Chantilly Westfield (Va.)
10 Emma Vinall, Fairfax W.T. Woodson (Va.)
10 Emma McCauley, West Grove Avon Grove (Pa.)
10 Ashlyn Hughes, Ashburn Stone Bridge (Va.)
10 Amanda Isom, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (M0.)
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
15 Meghan Conroy, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.)
13 Fiona Vetter, Ladue Horton Watkins (Mo.)
12 Hannah Luckes, Webster Groves (Mo.)
11 Grace Dressel, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.)
10 Jessie Lebens, Whitfield (Mo.)
10 Emily Deivert, Fairfax (Va.)
9 Katie Kachejian, West Springfield (Va.)
9 Ashlyn Hughes, Ashburn Stone Bridge (Va.)
9 Emma Boutcher, Enola East Pennsboro (Pa.)
9 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
8 Hailey Couch, Easton (Pa.)
8 K.P. Peterson, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
8 Danae Snell, North Salinas (Calif.)
8 Campbell Hill, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (M0.)
8 Caroline Davis, St. Louis Visitation (Mo.)
8 Cate Camenzind, Kirkwood (Mo.)
8 Amanda Isom, St. Louis St. Joseph’s Academy (M0.)
INDIVIDUAL GOALS, CAREER
171 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
114 Julianna Tornetta, Rosemont Agnes Irwin (Pa.)
103 Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
102 Jillian Shive, Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (Ohio)
102 Jenna Herlihy, Cape May Court House Middle Township (Pa.)
101 Mayv Clune, Bethlehem Moravian Academy (Pa.)
93 Emily Surgent, Wall (N.J.) Township
88 Dani Profita, Washington Warren Hills (N.J.)
87 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)*
80 Rialee Allen, Ocean City (N.J.)
76 Mackenzie Keegan, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
75 Kourtney Kennedy, Watertown (Mass.)
74 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
69 Mackenzie Alessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
* — inactive for 2016 season
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, CAREER
99 Meredith Sholder, Emmaus (Pa.)
69 Kourtney Kennedy, Watertown (Mass.)
68 Rialee Allen, Ocean City (N.J.)
66 Emily Surgent, Wall (N.J.) Township
55 Dani Profita, Washington Warren Hills (N.J.)
163 Watertown (Mass.)
135 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
75 Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.)
74 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
74 Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.)
103 Watertown (Mass.)
78 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
74 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
OK, so that was our first go-round. Here’s where you come in. If you see a number or statistic that is errant or out of place, let us know — bearing in mind that the above is as of the close of play Wednesday. Feel free to send us an email to us 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 try to do better next week.