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Oct. 20, 2018 — An unprecedented aggregation of goals

Today, at Lancaster Conestoga Valley (Pa.), the field hockey teams of Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) and Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) met on the field of play for the championship of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

On the field were four players with more than 700 goals between them: Donegal’s Mackenzie Allessie (331) and Lily Saunders (111), and Penn Manor’s Emma Deberdine (136) and Gabby Bitts (125).

I don’t believe, in the history of scholastic field hockey, that this many goals have been on one pitch at the same time.

I think perhaps the closest occasion to this might have been the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final in 2014. Voorhees Eastern forward Austyn Cuneo came into the contest with 326 goals, Nikki Santore came into the contest with 58 (on the way to a 127-goal career), and Mackenzie Keegan had 42, while Summit Oak Knoll’s Caroline Andretta had 113 goals heading into the contest, Ali McCarthy had 31 (on the way to a 127-goal career), and Gabby Andretta had 10 (on the way to her 106-goal career).

And, wouldn’t you know it, someone not part of the triple-digits club had the overtime goal to win the game today? It was Anna May Barbusca who put in the goal on an untimed corner at the end of extra time as Penn Manor best Donegal 1-0.