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BULLETIN: Nov. 1, 2019 — U.S. surely loses Olympic berth in an 11-minute Indian fusillade

There are still 60 minutes left to play in the two-game Olympic qualification series between the United States and India, the latter of which will take place Saturday morning.

But thanks to a four-goal burst in an 11-minute span in the late third quarter and early fourth quarter of Game 1, India now has a dominant four-goal cushion over the United States, winning the first game 5-1. Gurjit Kaur had a brace for the Eves, and the States only managed a late penalty stroke from Erin Matson.

India, seizing upon its home-field advantage and its recent Tests against European competition, were excellent on corner conversion, and seemed to capitalize on every American misstep.

The Applebees are staring at a most desperate situation: not making the Olympics for the first time since 2004, and the impending failure coming at a time when the groundwork for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics is taking place.

That groundwork could be severely altered if the States don’t qualify, since a funding cut from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee would be implemented as the usual penalty for a team sport failing to make a major world-level competition.

The cut would be implemented just at the time when the Futures program is developing a Level 2 series for the first time since Vonnie Gros conceived of the program back in the early 1990s, and when USFHA has been trying to develop programming for U-12 players.

But even the most optimistic of sports fans cannot envision a way out of this pickle.

Nov. 1, 2019 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Oct. 30

This week, there has been a lot of statistical history.

We first want to point up is the fact that Emmaus (Pa.) won its 31st consecutive PIAA District 11 title on Wednesday. It’s a big number: although it must be said that not every district is equal n the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania — especially with three enrollment classes.

Also, it must be said that the Hornets’ ultimate goal is not the District title, but a state championship. And since this week they became the first team in the country to breach the 200-goal barrier, the Hornets are making a statement.

We have also have seen a pair of individuals take steps into rarefied air. Karen Klassner became only the seventh member of the 700-win club for scholastic field hockey coaches, and Sophia Gladieux became only the fifth member of the 200-goal club for scholastic field hockey players. She’s one of eight players who have now breached the 50-goal barrier for this season.

Below here is our usual concatenation of American scholastic field hockey statistics, culled from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, PhilaFieldHockey.com, The Washington Post, Long Island Newsday, 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
68 Katie McLaughlin, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.)
64 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
61 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
59 Hope Rose, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.)
56 Lily Santi, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
55 Ava Borkowski, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Pa.)
51 Jordan Carr, Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.)
50 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
48 Taryn Mayer, Huntingdon Valley Lower Moreland (Pa.)
45 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
44 Cami Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)

42 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)
42 Lauren Wadas, Palmyra (Pa.)

ASSISTS
38 Abby Periard, South Oldham (Ky.)
35 Cami Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
31 Annika Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
31 Ciana Riccardo, Downington (Pa.) West
29 Amy Griffin, Winnetka New Trier (Ill.)
27 Taryn Tkachuk, St. Louis Villa Duchesne (Mo.)

26 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
26 Kaitlyn Csensits, Emmaus (Pa.)
28 Lilly Smith, New Hope-Solebury (Pa.)
28 Annabella Mason, Alexandria West Potomac (Md.)
25 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)

23 Lucas Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
23 Lana Hamilton, Gambrills Arundel (Md.)

CAREER GOALS
201 Sophia Gladieux, Oley (Pa.) Valley
156* Kara Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
146 Lily Santi, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.)
134 Jordan Carr, Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.)
133 Hope Rose, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.)

128 Lucas Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
126 Bridget Murphy, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)
111 Hannah Maxwell, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
108 Annie Grace Louthan, Chesterfield Matoaca (Va.)
109 Lauren Wadas, Palmyra (Pa.)
108 Lauren Parente, Wyoming (Pa.) Area
108 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
103 Ava Borkowski, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Pa.)
102 Annika Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
100 Alex Wesneski, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
*–injured

CAREER ASSISTS
120 Cami Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
112 Lucas Crook, Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)

GOALS SCORED, TEAM
208 Emmaus (Pa.)
174 Gloucester (Va.)
172 Somerset-Berkley (Mass.)
165 Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
141 Oley (Pa.) Valley
137 Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)

GAMES UNDEFEATED
127 Los Gatos (Calif.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
60 Delmar (Del.)
57 North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake (Calif.)

We’re pretty sure we are missing some people and teams. If you see something that needs attention, 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 giving us a look and we’ll reconvene next week.