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Oct. 8, 2021 — Friday Statwatch for games played through Oct. 6

Our Stat of the Week is an obvious one. We saw the first scholastic coach ever to get 1,000 wins in field hockey, as Susan Butz-Stavin not only earned that milestone, but got No. 1,001 a day later against Easton (Pa.).

But there is another statistical occurrence which is starting to come to a head this week. In perhaps the best version of “Can You Top This?” since the likes of Tracey Fuchs and Sharon Landau were the top scorers on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley of New York, there are two field hockey players who have both done some tremendous work in the attack end of the pitch.

In the last week, both Ryleigh Heck of Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Talia Schenck of Lawrence (N.J.) became part of a hallowed group of players to have ever scored as many as 10 goals in a field hockey game. Schenck, as of Wednesday, had 203 goals, which is amongst the Top 10 all time for a career. She leads the nation as of the close of play Wednesday with 72 goals.

Not so far behind is Ryleigh Heck, who not only was your national scoring champion two years ago as a sophomore, but had the greatest goals-per-game average ever recorded in field hockey a year ago. She has 64 goals this season, and 262 overall.

I’ve seen both players this year, and they have their own varied strengths in their respective games. They will bring a lot to their college programs next year: Heck to North Carolina, and Schenck to Princeton.

Below is our usual weekly compilation of American scholastic field hockey statistics, culled from, amongst other sources, MaxPreps, Berks Game Day, the KHSAA, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Advance Media.

We especially would like to get as many coaches and other field hockey people 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. 

SEASON GOALS
72 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
64 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
51 Alana McVeigh, Upper Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.)
39 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
39 Ava Zerfass, Emmaus (Pa.)
35 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
32 Casey Lynn Dewald, Fleetwood (Pa.)
29 Olivia Weir, Princeton (N.J.)
28 Julia Bressler, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
27 Reese Anetsberger, Glenbrook (Ill.) South
27 Hadley Kuzmicky, North Oldham (Ky.)

SEASON ASSISTS
31 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
29 Izzy Bianco, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
25 Alexis Kociban, Emmaus (Pa.)
24 Hope Haynes, Houston Kincaid School (Tex.)
21 Emily Williams, Louisville Ballard (Ky.)
21 Riley Hudson, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
19 Sammie Goin, Ashburn Independence (Va.)
19 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)

CAREER GOALS
262 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
203 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
153 Alaina McVeigh, Gwynedd Valley Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.)
116 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
111 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
105 Julia Bressler, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
103 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
97 Victoria Griffiths, Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.)
92 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
84 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)

CAREER ASSISTS
106 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
83 Izzy Bianco, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
79 Dylan Breier, Louisville duPont Manual (Ky.)
73 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
71 Riley Hudson, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
85 Delmar (Del.)
30 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
85 Delmar (Del.)
30 Emmaus (Pa.)

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