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BULLETIN: Nov. 19, 2021 — The single-season goal-scoring record has fallen in a most dramatic way

Ryleigh Heck is one of only three field hockey players in National Federation history to surpass the 100 goal barrier for a season and 300 in a career.

The senior for Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) also had to balance her prolific scoring ability with team goals, especially as the Vikings, a team with the stuff to continue its string of 23 sectional titles and 22 state championships, met up with a pair of titanic opponents in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions.

Just two days ago, Heck blasted in a bombazo from 15 yards in the final second of the third quarter, part of a four-goal effort to beat North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) in the T of C semifinals.

This evening, at Kean University, Heck saw her Vikings fall 3-0 behind in the opening 20 minutes, then hoisted them back with a brace in the first half to come within 3-2. After teammate Olivia White found net in a shorthanded situation with five minutes to go, it was up to Heck to make her mark on the game, the season, and on an extraordinary career.

In the final 30 seconds of regulation, Eastern earned a penalty corner. The play, run from the Brooklyn side of the cage, was a hi-lo to the inserter, who passed to an open Heck at the stroke mark, at which point the air horn sounded to signify the end of the quarter. But corner criteria was not over; Heck dribbled with three Oak Knoll tacklers coming in from behind, then slipped the ball into the goal cage from about seven yards to not only give Eastern a 4-3 win and the Tournament of Champions trophy, it also gave Heck her 125th goal of the season, breaking Mackenzie Allessie’s single-season mark.

And, given the fact that Allessie’s final goal back in 2018 also ended a game and won a tournament, I think the current Penn State student-athlete might approve.

The goal also gave her one of the best goals-per-game average in National Federation history, with 4.62.

STRIKE RATE
5.43 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2020
5.00 Hope Rose, Harrisburg Central Dauphin (Pa.) 2020
4.91 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.) 2021
4.62 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2021
4.27 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 2018
3.92 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.) 2020
3.55 Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2013
3.51 Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2014
3.39 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2019
3.37 Mackenzie Allessie, Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) 2017
3.36 Maryanna Watson, Gloucester (N.J.) 1961
3.28 Tracey Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 1983
3.21 Maryanna Watson, Gloucester (N.J.) 1962
3.12 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 2019
3.00 Michelle Vizzuso, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 1994
3.00 Megan Rodgers, San Diego Serra (Calif.), 2016
3.00 Carol Middough, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.Y.) 2016
3.00 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.) 2019

Nov. 19, 2021 — Friday Statwatch for games through Nov. 17

Today is one of the greatest days in field hockey: the semifinals of the NCAA Division I and II tournaments are played today, capped off by what is likely to be the last final of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. And on one of the greatest days in hockey, we’re recognizing some of the greats in Friday Statwatch.

Our statistical occurrence of the week is in the small town of Elverson, Pa. (pop. 1,225). The town has a pretty good field hockey team called Twin Valley, which is on the brink of a PIAA championship tomorrow. On this year’s team, we have not one, but two players who have joined a remarkable group of players that we like to call the 30-30 Club. Both Natali Foster and Emma Winther have recorded more than 30 goals and 30 assists this year.

Foster, a senior who is matriculating to Drexel University next fall, has an additional designation. With her assist on last Tuesday’s overtime goal against Center Valley Southern Lehigh (Pa.), she joins Haley Schleicher in the highly exclusive 50-50 club.

Opposing Twin Valley tomorrow is Gwynedd-Mercy Academy, located in the small village of Gwynedd Valley (pop. 1,122). The Monarchs have a senior forward named Alaina McVeigh, who has 69 goals on the season. Now, while this space seems to have been about the exploits of Ryleigh Heck and Talia Schenck this year, we cannot forget McVeigh, who is one of those well-skilled W.C. Eagles players who has had to match skills with Heck and last year’s goals leader Hope Rose in practice. The Class AA game tomorrow should be fun to watch.

In the red type below is our usual weekly panoply 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 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
122 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
113 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
69 Alana McVeigh, Upper Gwynedd Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.)
65 Caitlin Nicholls, Haddonfield Haddon Heights (N.J.)
62 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
56 Finley Payne, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.)
56 Rylie Wollerton, Gibsonia Pine-Richland (Pa)
53 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
53 Ava Zerfass, Emmaus (Pa.)
52 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
52 Cait Lutz, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
50 Casey Lynn Dewald, Fleetwood (Pa.)
49 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
48 Brenna Bough, Whitney Point (N.Y.)
46 Lauren Masters, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.)
45 Ella Barbacci, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
45 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)

SEASON ASSISTS
52 Izzy Bianco, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
50 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
40 Riley Hudson, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
39 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
38 Dylan Breier, Louisville duPont Manual (Ky.)
37 Emma Winther, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
35 Macey Vice, Lawrence (N.J.)
32 Alexis Kociban, Emmaus (Pa.)
32 Hope Haynes, Houston Kincaid (Tex.)
32 Sammie Goin, Ashburn Independence (Va.)

CAREER GOALS
320 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
244 Talia Schenck, Lawrence (N.J.)
171 Alaina McVeigh, Gwynedd Valley Gwynedd-Mercy Academy (Pa.)
139 Rylie Wollerton, Chesapeake Western Branch (Va.) and Gibsonia Pine-Richland (Pa)
138 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
134 Olivia Fraticelli, Toms River (N.J.) North
129 Molly Catchpole, Watchung Mount St. Mary’s Academy (N.J.)
129 Casey Lynn Dewald, Fleetwood (Pa.)
125 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
119 Maci Bradford, Delmar (Del.)
117 Victoria Griffiths, Woolwich Kingsway (N.J.)
117 Cait Lutz, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
109 Caitlin Nicholls, Haddonfield Haddon Heights (N.J.)
105 Julia Bressler, Reading Berks Catholic (Pa.)
103 Brynn Crouse, Dillsburg Northern York (Pa.)
102 Lauren Masters, Clinton North Hunterdon (N.J.)
90 Josie Hollamon, Delmar (Del.)
86 Megan Normile, Plumstead New Egypt (N.J.)

CAREER ASSISTS
125 Natali Foster, Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.)
106 Izzy Bianco, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
91 Dylan Breier, Louisville duPont Manual (Ky.)
90 Riley Hudson, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
85 Rachel Herbine, Emmaus (Pa.)
83 Ryleigh Heck, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.)
82 Gianna Puorro, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.)
78 Hope Haynes, Houston Kincaid (Tex.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
95 Delmar (Del.)
41 Emmaus (Pa.)

CONSECUTIVE UNBEATEN
95 Delmar (Del.)
41 Emmaus (Pa.)

While we’ve spent time on this listing, I’m pretty sure there is a flaw or two. If you see something missing or out of place, feel free to send an email at TopOfTheCircle.com. Give us a name or a bit of documentation (a website will do) so that we can make the needed changes.

Thanks for coming to this segment and we’ll talk again the day after Thanksgiving.