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BULLETIN: Nov. 3, 2017 — One of the nation’s greatest title-holders will not get a chance to win its 24th championship

An announcement posted this by Anne Arundel County Public Schools proclaimed perhaps the most shocking development in the history of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) field hockey championship.

The development comes from a long-standing prank on the part of the Severna Park (Md.) field hockey team, which will tend to shower the house and property of the team’s head coach with toilet paper if the team is able to win the regional tournament and make it to the state semifinal round.

This year, according to some reports, the TP-ing got out of hand, spreading to more than a dozen houses, as well as some cars. The pranking also involved pizza boxes, ketchup, and road median signs.

As a result of the prank, the 24 members of the Severna Park (Md.) varsity team and three coaches were all suspended for one game each by principal Patrick Bathras, and Anne Arundel County superintendent George Arlotto ruled that the Falcons must forfeit their place in the MPSSAA Class 4A semifinals. Taking their place for next week’s state semifinal will me Edgewater South River (Md.), who lost last week by a score of 4-1.

“They are amazing women,” head coach Ann Andrews told The Washington Post this afternoon. “They got out of hand and made some bad decisions. That doesn’t make them bad people. They’re upset they forfeited the game, but they’re more sad they let some people down.”

Given the fact that the people meting out the punishments were men, the result may have been predictable.

But lined up against some of the boorish and sometimes illegal behavior that has been traced to school sports teams over the last few years, the Severna Park punishment borders on the severe, if not the draconian.

There should have been a better solution.

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Nov. 3, 2017 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Nov. 1

Hello, and welcome to Friday Statwatch, our look through the wide, wide world of field hockey numbers in order to try to make sense of it all.

We didn’t want to go to long without recognizing the recent achievement of Jean Lipski, the veteran coach of Lehman Lake-Lehman (Pa.), who, on Oct. 25th, earned her 500th career victory with a 1-0 win over Wilkes-Barre Holy Redeemer (Pa.) in a PIAA District 2 Class A “tipping-point” match.

The tipping point: while Lipski was able to continue on with her team, losing in the 2-A final to Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) with both teams making it to the state tournament, Holy Redeemer will be reflecting on the chances it may have missed for the next nine months.

As far as we can tell, Lipski is the 34th member of the 500-win club, and she now gets to play against the loser of tomorrow’s District 3-A title game (either Newport or Oley Valley) this coming Tuesday.

Following this paragraph are this week’s field hockey statistics from available sources. This includes, amongst others, amongst others, Advance Media, PennLive.com, LancSports.com, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, PhilaFieldHockey.com, and the Washington Post. It also includes data from the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com reporting tool, and I encourage readers to contact their coaches, athletic directors, and student managers so that they may register for and use the MaxPreps.com 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.

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, SEASON
83 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
67 Olivia Sahaydak, Bethlehem Liberty (Pa.)
54 Sarah Wilson, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
52 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)
51 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
48 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
45 Riley Baughman, Emmaus (Pa.)

45 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
44 Morgan Carr, Walkill Valley (N.J.)
44 Charlotte de Vries, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)
44 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
43 Kate Schneider, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
43 Ellie McIntyre, Easton (Pa.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
37 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
33 Julia Russo, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
32 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)

32 Nicki McNamara, Chantilly Westfield (Va.)
31 Melissa Maynard, Falls Church George C. Marshall (Va.)
30 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)

28 Natalie Nava, Edwardsville (Ill.)
28 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, CAREER
219 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
157 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
143 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
142 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
131 Sammy Popper, Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.)
129 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
125 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
124 Charlotte de Vries, Virginia Beach Cape Henry Academy (Va.) and Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)*
122 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
109 Charlotte de Vries, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)**
107 Gianna Morganti, Hammonton St. Joseph’s (N.J.)

107 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)
104 Alexis Rider, Delran (N.J.)
104 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
106 Julia Russo, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
103 Jessica Maute, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
103 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
100 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
92 Ellie McIntyre, Easton (Pa.)
91 Olivia Sahaydak, Bethlehem Liberty (Pa.)

87 Erin Matson, Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.)***
* — four-year varsity career
** — three-year varsity career
***— inactive for 2016-17 seasons

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, CAREER
106 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
104 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
102 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
77 Julia Russo, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)

69 Kara McClure, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
64 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
62 Greer Gill, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
62 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
57 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy

GAMES UNDEFEATED
114 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
86 Los Gatos (Calif.)
78 Emmaus (Pa.)
71 San Diego Serra (Calif.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
86 Los Gatos (Calif.)
78 Emmaus (Pa.)
71 San Diego Serra (Calif.)

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