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Sept. 20, 2018 — The Thursday Takeaway

NOTE: Last week, we included in our coverage some advance previews of some of the weekend’s action. This week, we’ll make it a permanent fixture. Your Thursday Takeaway is a look at several weekend games of note; feel free to print out and clip these segments and carry them with you when you go and watch.

TREDYFFRIN CONESTOGA (Pa.) at VILLANOVA ACADEMY OF NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR (Pa.)

Where and when: Burns Field, 3:30 p.m. Friday

Records (at the start of play Sept. 20): Conestoga 3-1, Notre Dame 5-0-1

Key early wins: Conestoga: defeated West Chester (Pa.) East 4-2; Notre Dame: defeated Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 3-2 and Downingtown (Pa.) West 1-0

Key players: Conestoga: Charlotte de Vries (sr., f), Anna Mayock (sr., d), Chloe Ziegler (jr., f); Notre Dame: Lauren Curran (sr., f), Paige Kieft (so., g), Lindsey Barnes (sr., d)

The skinny: Notre Dame’s resume is impressive, to put it mildly. The Irish have a strong claim at being the single best team in Pennsylvania regardless of composition or size, but their hold on that claim was tarnished with a 2-2 draw against Pottstown Hill School (Pa.) earlier this week. Notre Dame not only has this game to deal with, but take on Inter-Ac rival Episcopal Academy next Friday in an early bellweather game for league and PAISAA honors.

Conestoga, your defending PIAA District 1-AAA champions, is one of about six teams which could be playing at the Whitehall-Coplay Complex when the three state public-school finals are contested. Behind de Vries, they are that good. It is also a team rallying around the tactics of head coach JaJa Kentwell, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team pool.

MILLERSVILLE PENN MANOR (Pa.) at HERSHEY (Pa.)

Where and when: 322 Turf Field, 11 a.m. Saturday

Records (at the start of play Sept. 20): Penn Manor 8-1; Hershey 5-2

Key early wins: Penn Manor: defeated Hershey (Pa.) 2-0; Hershey: defeated Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 1-0; defeated Palmyra (Pa.) 6-4

Key players: Penn Manor: Emma Deberdine (sr., f), Gabby Bitts (sr., f), Anna May Barbusca (jr., f). Hershey: Maddie Zimmer (jr., f), Katana Nelson (so., f)

The skinny: If you looked at the “key early wins” section, it isn’t a misprint. These two teams met already in the Hershey Invitational last weekend. But I think both teams will have learned lessons from games already played. Both teams have plenty of room for growth on the defensive end of the pitch; they have the attack pretty much set.

SHRUB OAK LAKELAND (N.Y.) at MAMARONECK (N.Y.)

Where and when: Memorial Field, noon Saturday

Records (at the start of play Sept. 20): Lakeland 5-0, Mamaroneck 5-0

Key early wins: Lakeland: defeated Bronxville (N.Y.) 7-0; Mamaroneck: defeated Greenwich (Conn.) 3-0

Key players: Lakeland: Julianna Cappello (sr., a/m), Julia Cummings (sr., d); Mamaroneck: Elizabeth Brissette (sr., m), Brigid Knowles (sr., f), Shannon Maresca (so., g)

The skinny: These are the two best teams in the Lower Hudson Valley region of New York, and routinely bring out the best in each other. Both sides, however, had enormous graduation losses from their state championship teams from a year ago. This is the closest thing you’re going to have to a Tournament of Champions in New York, so this game is incredibly important for these sides

MOUNT JOY DONEGAL (Pa.) vs. OLEY (Pa.) VALLEY

Where and when: Penn State Field Hockey Complex, 9 a.m. Sunday

Records (at the start of play Sept. 20): Donegal 8-0; Oley Valley 9-0

Key early wins: Donegal: defeated Flourtown Mount St. Joseph Academy (Pa.) 4-3; Oley Valley defeated Fairview Village Methacton (Pa.) 3-2

Key players: Donegal: Mackenzie Allessie (sr., f). Lily Saunders, (sr., a/m). Oley Valley Sophia Gladieux (jr., f), Sophie Mackrella (jr., f), Sydney Gillingham (sr., m)

The skinny: Two years ago, both of these teams were on the pitch competing for state finals in their respective classes. Neither made it back last fall, so this year it’s about rebuilding confidence, especially in their top scorers. Allessie has 39 goals this season, far and away the highest total in the country this season. Gladieux has 20, which is also amongst the nation’s best. These two players could form the core of the U.S. front line for 2022 and beyond; let’s see what happens when their school teams get together