Field Hockey: Super 7 No. 3

Not as much waiting time between notebook this week because we started running weekly notebooks, so the Super 7 will now be a Thursday publication. No movement from the last time around, although if I could, I’d probably find a way to tie Agnes Irwin and Haverford. Tough to pick apart those two.

1. Episcopal Academy (11-0-0, 3-0-0) Last week: No. 1

A big statement win for the Churchmen as they convincingly handled Archbishop Carroll, 3-0. Margaux Paolino continued her strong freshman year with a pair of assists, and All-Delco Alana Dumas, Christy Schlarbaum and Kali Kilmer all found the back of the cage for EA. Gianna Pileggi was rarely tested and only needed to make three saves, but it was good enough for her county-best seventh shutout.

2. Notre Dame (9-1-0, 3-1-0) Last week: No. 2

Two-time All-Delco Moira Putsch hasn’t scored in two games. Sound the alarm bells! OK, maybe not, as she has four assists this week in wins over Penn Charter (3-0) and Merion Mercy (6-2). Taylor Leonhardt had a hat trick against MMA, and All-Delco Emily Faught has six points in her past three games.

3. Cardinal O’Hara (8-0-0, 3-0-0) Last week: No. 3

Marissa Cicione‘s out-of-this-world scoring pace continued with two more goals against Archbishop Ryan in a 9-0 rout. She’s up to 21 goals – more on that in a blog post tomorrow – but All-Delco Grace Boston is heating up, t0o. Boston has eight goals in the past three games, including two hat tricks, and she ranks near the top of the Delco assist leader board. Carlie Spaeder‘s been the go-to playmaker, though, with her 14 assists, and Jess Randazzo has five points in her past three games.

4. Archbishop Carroll (7-3-1, 5-0-0) Last week: No. 4

Don’t expect anyone but O’Hara to challenge the Patriots in the Catholic League. The Patriots have outscored PCL opponents by a healthy 35-1 margin, which is right on par with the Lions’ 28-0 margin. The loss to EA robbed Carroll of a chance to jumble the Super 7 and to have a major statement win, but there’s plenty of time for that. Meanwhile, All-Delco Katie Kelly and twin sister Megan Kelly have combined for 11 goals and four assists in their past three games. Good to see shutdown defender Becca Zamojcin get rewarded for her strong play with a goal against Lansdale Catholic.

5. Strath Haven (7-0-1, 5-0-0) Last week: No. 5

I saw that Lower Merion scored twice against the Panthers and had to do a triple take to make sure that it was accurate. That stingy defense has been superb, and Haven controls its Central League destiny with at least one game up on the rest of the pack. If the Panthers don’t overlook Upper Darby tomorrow, they’ll line themselves up for a Tuesday showdown with Conestoga. Something tells me they’ll need big games from defender Casey Oehler and Jess Borbee, who have earned rave reviews from pretty much everyone that have seen them play this year, in a battle against the Pioneers’ Oliver Everts. Safe to say Rebecca Lucci (a team-best seven goals and nine points) will be counted upon, too.

6. Garnet Valley (7-2-0, 4-1-0) Last week: No. 6

Bet your bottom dollar that the Jaguars will be big Conestoga fans Tuesday in that showdown. A Haven loss would mean that a handful of teams would have one league loss, leaving every team an equal chance to win the league. Katie Keyser‘sbeen on fire lately, but so has Dana Davis. She has eight points over her past three games, and goalie Hailey Valerio has been strong all season.

7. Agnes Irwin (5-1-0, 3-0-0) Last week: No. 7

The Owls have four straight wins, but we’ll find out a lot about them Friday when they take on Notre Dame. That should be AIS’ first huge challenge of the year, and a win over the Irish would send the Owls skyrocketing up the rankings. Sophia Tornetta has four goals and a helper in the past two games, while Julie Bunten has two assists in the past three games.

Dropped out: None.

Also in consideration in alphabetical order: Haverford, Ridley, Sacred Heart.


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