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BULLETIN: Nov. 10, 2017 — Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) breaks a streak lasting a third of a century

There are some streaks in the sport of field hockey which set outside the usual bounds of what counts as a record. This year, for example West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) won its league championship, the Shore Conference “B” Central, with a 10-0 record. It is the 47th straight year that Shore has won its divisional championship.

There are some others of note; last week, Emmaus (Pa.) won its 29th consecutive District 11 championship. And tomorrow, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) goes for its unbelievable 20th state championship.

But this evening, a 33-year streak was snapped when Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.) defeated Greenwich (Conn.) Academy 2-1 in double-overtime to win the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament. On the play, junior forward Ryan Smith latched onto a pass from teammate Beth Yeager and it went into the goal cage.

“It was a team effort on that goal, I was just there close to the goal for the tip,” Smith said. “The first time we played then gave us confidence going into this game, because we played so well against them.”

That first game was a 3-2 Sacred Heart loss, a result which was a quantum leap forward for the program, which had been very much subservient to Greenwich Academy’s whims over the years. But no longer, and the school this year installed only the fourth known water-based artificial turf at a U.S. secondary school.

The FAA tournament is a warmup for teams before the New England Private Schools Athletic Council (NEPSAC) tournament begin next week.

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Nov. 10, 2017 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Nov. 8

Hi, everyone. With only slightly more than a week to go for the domestic season, it’s going to be very hard to knock off Mackenzie Allessie off her perch for national scoring champion. Heck, the closest player to her with games remaining is 32 goals behind.

That’s 32 goals; a dream season for some. But that’s how dreamy a career this has been for the junior from Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.).

Below are a collection of national 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
87 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
67 Olivia Sahaydak, Bethlehem Liberty (Pa.)
55 Sarah Wilson, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
54 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
52 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)

52 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
49 Charlotte de Vries, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)
48 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
46 Morgan Carr, Walkill Valley (N.J.)
46 Kate Schneider, San Diego Serra (Calif.)
45 Riley Baughman, Emmaus (Pa.)

44 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
44 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
44 Jessica Maute, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
37 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
35 Julia Russo, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
33 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (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.)
29 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)

29 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
28 Ellie Decker, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
28 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
28 Natalie Nava, Edwardsville (Ill.)
27 Kara McClure, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
27 Olivia Perrone, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, CAREER
223 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
159 Lily Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
143 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
142 Regan Dougherty, Haddon Township (N.J.)
135 Sammy Popper, Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.)
130 Alivia Klopp, Tulpehocken (Pa.)
129 Charlotte de Vries, Virginia Beach Cape Henry Academy (Va.) and Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)*
127 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
125 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)

114 Charlotte de Vries, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)**
109 Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
108 Julia Russo, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)

107 Gianna Morganti, Hammonton St. Joseph’s (N.J.)
107 Leah Zellner, Emmaus (Pa.)
106 Jessica Maute, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
104 Alexis Rider, Delran (N.J.)

104 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
103 Riley Donnelly, Buckingham Central Bucks East (Pa.)

102 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
97 Hailey Couch, Easton (Pa.)

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
107 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.)
105 Leah Crouse, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.)
104 Gabby Andretta, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
79 Julia Russo, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
70 Kara McClure, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
67 Elizabeth Romano, Madison (N.J.) Borough
64 Ali McCarthy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
62 Greer Gill, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
57 Riley Fulmer, Norfolk (Va.) Academy
57 Hailey Couch, Easton (Pa.)

GAMES UNDEFEATED
115 Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.)
88 Los Gatos (Calif.)
80 Emmaus (Pa.)
75 San Diego Serra (Calif.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
88 Los Gatos (Calif.)
80 Emmaus (Pa.)
75 San Diego Serra (Calif.)

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Thanks for reading, and we’ll talk again in a week.