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Oct. 4, 2019 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Oct. 2

This last month or so has seen at least 11 scholastic field hockey coaches achieve some sort of major coaching milestone, defined as accruing 200 wins or more in multiples of 100.

Here’s what we have thus far, a veritable Who’s Who in field hockey coaching:

Date Coach School ST Num
Sept. 7 Kent Houser Millerstown Greenwood PA 500
Sept. 16 Linda Kreiser Hummelstown Lower Dauphin PA 800
Sept 17 Ann Simons Longmeadow MA 500
Sept. 18 Pete Tonsoline Elma Iroquois NY 400
Sept. 20 Eileen Allan Pompton Lakes NJ 400
Sept. 20 Melissa Bordieri Foxboro MA 200
Sept. 23 Jeannette Ireland Ellicott City Mount Hebron MD 300
Sept. 24 Christina Carroll Falls Church George C. Marshall VA 200
Sept. 25 Neil Bixler York Springs Bermudian Springs PA 300
Sept. 27 Cheryl Poore North Eastham Nauset MA 700
Oct. 1 Theresa Platte Virginia Beach Tallwood VA 200

It got us thinking: what are the chances that there would be that many coaches attaining major milestones in a four-week span?

Well, we have to assume a very imperfect mathematical model, one featuring an assumed 1,950 field hockey coaches, who either win or lose (we’re going to ditch draws for the purpose of this experiment) somewhere around 18 times a season over the course of 12 weeks, or 72 possible matchdays, not including the rare Sunday game.

With 1,950 coaches accomplishing nine wins over 72 days, that means any possible coaching number (first, 20th, 200th) can occur about 244 times on any given day in the 12-week season. Which would mean that, on average, there should be five coaching milestones (with a number ending in 00) every two days.

But that doesn’t happen in a real-world scenario.

That’s because some coaches accrue victories faster than others and leave their peers behind. Also there are a number of coaches who drop out of the coaching profession before reaching any milestone because of family, job, or burnout. Also, it’s hard to build up that number of victories in the first place; if you take all of the assumptions above, it would take a coach an average of 11 seasons to get to 100 wins.

So, what we have below here is our usual collection of American scholastic field hockey statistics, culled from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, PhilaFieldHockey.com, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post.

We really like MaxPreps, because it is easy for the average coach, athletic director, or student manager to register for 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.

GOALS
37 Jordan Carr, Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.)
36 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)

35 Lauren Wadas, Palmyra (Pa.)
35 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
35 Ava Borkowski, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Pa.)
33 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
32 Molly Reed, East Chapel Hill (N.C.)

32 Elizabeth Agatucci, East Chapel Hill (N.C.)
30 Lily Santi, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
30 Taryn Mayer, Lower Moreland (Pa.)
30 Lilly Smith, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
29 Lauren Wassell, Lancaster (Pa.) Country Day School
28 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
27 Taryn Ringer, Johnstown (N.Y.)

27 Anna Crump, South Oldham (Ky.)
26 Kate Herlihy, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)

ASSISTS
27 Abby Periard, South Oldham (Ky.)
19 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
16 Malayna Kahl, Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.)

16 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
16 Izzy Zaleski, Lewisburg (Pa.)

16 Callie Hummel, Ballwin Parkway West (Pa.)
16 Lilly Smith, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
15 Mia Simpson, St. Louis Lafayette (Mo.)
15 Hope Haynes, Houston Kincaid (Tex.)
14 Annika Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
14 Gigi Edwards, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
14 Carly Hynd, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)

CAREER GOALS
168 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
156* Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
109 Bridget Murphy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
104 Lucas Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
100 Lauren Wadas, Palmyra (Pa.)
*–injured

CAREER ASSISTS
106 Cami Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
100 Lucas Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)

GAMES UNDEFEATED
116 Los Gatos (Calif.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
50 Delmar (Del.)
46 North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake (Calif.)

Now, here is where you, gentle reader, come in. I’m pretty sure there’s something missing from what you see here, so feel free to send us an email at TopOfTheCircle.com. Give us a name or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can make the adjustment.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll give it the old college try next week.

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