Field Hockey: Thoughts on Day 1

So amid that whirlwind day in the Daily Times office Friday, we got a couple of high school scores called into us. And by a couple, I mean a whole deluge. That included a ton of field hockey action, so here are some thoughts that ran through my head as I perused the box score.

Agnes Irwin is no joke. The Owls are much improved this year – not that they were awful a year ago – and they showed in an 8-0 pasting of Delco Christian. Granted, the Knights were playing without top player Stacey MacArthur (More on her later), but it’s unlikely that the three-sport star would have done much to change such a lopsided outcome. Seven different players picked up points for AIS, including Sophia Tornetta (two goals, one assist), Amanda Crowley (two goals) and Olivia Tornetta (two assists).

“They were much, much better than last year,” Delco Christian head coach Joni Calderwood said. “I don’t know what they did,  but they improved so much. I think a lot of them played club in the offseason and the improvement was definitely noticeable.”

Bad news for Delco Christian. MacArthur is likely out until late this month or early October due to a concussion suffered on the summer AAU basketball circuit. MacArthur scored 15 goals a year ago for the Knights, and without her, Calderwood is going to have to scramble to find alternate sources of scoring.

Moira Putsch vs. the county scoring record. At this point, if the Notre Dame junior stays healthy for the next two years, it’s not a question of whether or not she’ll break Arlene Lowthert‘s Delco record for goals in a career with 80. Rather, it’s a question of how far Putsch can put the record out of reach for any future snipers. She scored the lone goal in the Irish’s 1-0 victory over Villa Maria  for her 42nd career tally, and at this point, 100 career goals aren’t out of the question.

New goalies leave their mark. With most of the starting goalies around the county being new starters, it was interesting to see how they’d react to their first start of the year. It’s safe to say that the goalies passed the test with flying colors. Radnor’s Emily Snowden was the headliner of the day as she stoned 29 (!) of the 33 shots fired her way in the Red Raiders’ 4-2 loss to West Chester Henderson. Delco Christian’s Rachael Pope made 19 saves in her first game as a field hockey goalie…ever, and Academy Park’s Darriel Bennett made 19 saves in the Knights’ loss to Upper Darby. Garnet Valley got 16 saves from Hailey Valerio, Haverford got 21 from Katie Wyman, and Marple Newtown’s Megan Peterson stopped eight shots for her first career shutout. Gabby Carlini took over seamlessly for Notre Dame in a 10-save shutout of Villa Maria.
While I undoubtedly forgot someone, the point remains that the new goalies definitely held their own in their first starts.

Check back later for statistical updates from Friday and Saturday’s games.

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