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Sept. 22, 2017 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Sept. 20

Hi, everyone. Welcome back to another year of Statwatch, our little look into the numbers that define field hockey.

Of course, we’ll also try to point up an accomplishment or two when warranted. And certainly, this week warrants an enormous shoutout to two of the finest coaches the game has known at the scholastic level.

For it was within a few hours of each other, and within about 140 miles of each other on the map, that a pair of green-clad teams named Hornets gave their respective coaches their latest coaching milestones.

Sharon Sarsen, who won her 600th game on Saturday, is the head coach of Shrub Oak Lakeland. The Hornets are in the midst of trying to win a ninth consecutive state championship, and have all the talent in the world to try to achieve that feat.

Sarsen has coached her share of star players, including the Bozek sisters and current U.S. women’s national team captain Melissa Gonzalez.

Not to be outdone, Susan Butz-Stavin earned her 900th all-time coaching win with an overtime victory over Allentown Parkland (Pa.). Butz-Stavin has coached her share of high-performance players including Cindy Werley, Autumn Welsh, and Kristen McCann. And recent alumna Meredith Sholder, the second-leading goal-scorer in the history of the National Federation, has plied her trade for the national indoor team program.

That’s a lot of wins from two legendary coaches, and each should be lauded for their teams’ successes.

This week, we start compiling numbers from various sources around the Internet universe. Of course, we’d like to plug the easy-to-use website. I encourage readers to contact their coaches, athletic directors, and student managers so that they may register for and use the 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.

So, here’s what we have thus far, thanks to, amongst others, MaxPreps, Advance Media,,, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,, and the Washington Post:

29 Katie Dixon, Cary (N.C.) Christian
27 Nicole Buckley, Cary (N.C.) Christian
26 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
25 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)
21 Katie Schneider, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
20 Ellie Decker, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
20 Suzy Keefer, St. Louis Villa Duchesne
19 Brianna Roskey, Oakhurst Ocean Township (N.J.)
19 Sarah Wilson, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
18 Morgan Mullen, Allentown Northampton (Pa.)

27 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
14 Nicole Buckley, Cary (N.C.) Christian
13 Katie Dixon, Cary (N.C.) Christian
13 Olivia Perrone, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
13 Mackenzie Cyr, Blairstown North Warren (N.J.)
12 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
12 Kacie Patton, Emmaus (Pa.)
12 Cate Camenzind, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.)
11 Molly Christopher, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
11 Marie Thompson, Cary (N.C.) Christian

162 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
137 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
127 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
117 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
115 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
113 Sammy Popper, Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.)
93 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
87 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)*
* — inactive for 2016-17 season

82 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
75 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
64 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
62 Greer Gill, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
60 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
57 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy

100 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
77 Los Gatos (Calif.)
64 Emmaus (Pa.)

77 Los Gatos (Calif.)
64 Emmaus (Pa.)

This being mid-September, these aren’t meant to be authoritative. If you see a number or statistic or even some statistical oddity that you’d like to bring to our attention, please feel to send us an email at 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 do this against next week.