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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

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