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Oct. 26, 2017 — A Hall-of-Fame effort leads to a first-round upset

Pat Toner has been a field hockey coach at some level since 1987. She coached Newtown Council Rock (Pa.) to a pair of PIAA Class AAA title games in the 1990s, then moved to the newer campus when Holland Council Rock South (Pa.) opened in 2002.

She left coaching in 2008, having won more than 300 games, gaining a growing coaching tree of former players in Lower Bucks County as well as in some neighboring colleges.

But somewhere between retiring from teaching in the mid-2000s, being elected to the Lower Bucks County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and doting on her son Dan’s growing family, the coaching bug came back.

And she responded by taking the head coaching job at Warrington Central Bucks South two years ago. It was an interesting move, given the fact that the Titans had made the PIAA Class AAA Final Four in 2014 under head coach Brittany Gryzwacz.

Yesterday, Central Bucks South suddenly entered the conversation about the PIAA District 1-AAA postseason with a 2-1 win over Eagleville Methacton (Pa.) thanks to a Kasey Dietzel penalty stroke deep in overtime. There were five seconds left before the teams would head to a penalty shootout.

Methacton had been undefeated on the season with a record of 20-0. That was good enough for the No. 2 seed in the bracket, which was already uncertain to begin with, given the fact that the nation’s best player, Team USA’s Erin Matson, would not be participating with Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.). But even without her, Unionville has won its first two matches on the road, beating Boyertown (Pa.) 7-1 and Levittown Pennsbury (Pa.) 4-3.

The District 1-AAA bracket is definitely one to watch.

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