Oh movement…a lot of movement. District One play starts next Monday, the Catholic League will finally be finishing up its regular season slate next Wednesday, and the Inter-Ac folks, well, they’re basically playing forever. This Super 7, as always, includes Wednesday’s games.
1. Notre Dame (15-1-0, 8-1-0) Last week: No. 2
Well if there’s going to be movement, let’s get this one out of the way immediately. The Irish go back to No. 1 after handing Episcopal Academy its first loss of the season by a 2-1 margin. Two-time All-Delco Moira Putsch scored both goals because, well, of course she did, in much the same fashion that she scored both goals in a 2-1 win overpreviously unbeaten Cardinal O’Hara two days before. That, coupled with a 3-1 win over Germantown Academy, makes it nine straight wins for ND. All-Delco Emily Faught had a goal and an assist in that span, while Taylor Leonhardt took over during Putsch’s absence against the Patriots with two goals.
2. Episcopal Academy (17-1-0, 8-1-0) Last week: No. 1
The Churchmen freefall all the way…to second. They bounced back nicely from the loss to the Irish with a resounding 5-0 win over Springside Chestnut Hill, good enough for Gianna Pileggi‘s county-leading 11th shutout of the year, though Pileggi didn’t need to stop a shot for the goose egg. Kali Kilmer scored in both the ND and SSCHA games, while Margaux Paolino, Lexie Curry, and Christy Palazzese posted a goal and an assist each in the win. There’s a big test for EA Friday as it hosts …
3. Cardinal O’Hara (15-1-0, 8-0-0) Last week: No. 3
Yep, the Lions are the lucky ones who get to take on the Churchmen. With its 10-0 lambasting of Little Flower Wednesday, O’Hara became the first team since in about a decade to have three players hit the 40-point mark together. All-Delco Grace Boston‘s four-goal, three-assist outburst gave her 49 for the season, which ties Putsch for the county lead. Marissa Cicione is two goals away from breaking the single-season county record, and Carlie Spaeder leads the county with 25 assists. Oh, and there’s the minor thing where the Lions haven’t given up a single goal in Catholic League play yet. That’s a 72-0 edge, which I’m told is pretty good.
4. Haverford (13-3-1, 10-1-0) Last week: No. 7
And here we have our biggest riser of the season as the Central League champions skyrocket three spots for their highest ranking of the year. In the past week, the Fords are 3-0-0, all of which came by a goal, including a 2-1 overtime win over Strath Haven off of Natalie Bova‘s golden goal. As you’ll read in this week’s field hockey notebook, Rosie Coogan doesn’t score often, but she hand-picks the biggest moments for her goals. Two-time All-Delco Jess McCarthy had a pair of assists, while Katie Wyman stopped 12 of 14 shots she saw this week. Can Haverford get a top-5 seed in the District One tournament?
5. Archbishop Carroll (11-3-1, 8-0-0) Last week: No. 5.
Five straight wins for the defending PCL champion Patriots, but squeaking by St. Hubert, 2-1, raised a few eyebrows, especially when Cardinal O’Hara beat the same team by an 8-0 margin. Maribeth Keith and All-Delco Katie Kelly both scored in that game for Carroll, while Megan Kelly had an assist. All three are tied for the team lead with 15 goals apiece, and it’s that kind of offensive depth that Carroll will need if it wants to take out O’Hara this Wednesday. From the looks of it, though, that won’t be the only time the teams play.
6. Garnet Valley (15-3-0, 9-2-0) Last week: No. 6
I can hear the keyboards warming up in Nether Providence, telling me that Strath Haven beat the Jaguars, but we’ll get to that in a minute. 12 of the past 13 games have wound up in the win column for GV, and aside from a 2-0 loss to Conestoga, it’s looked pretty good in winning those games. Molly Savage had the lone goal in a 1-0 triumph over Avon Grove, while Katie Keyser‘s two goals led to a 3-0 win over Upper Darby to cap the league schedule. Erin Hagan also scored against the Royals, and the Jaguars will be as tough an out as any in the district tournament.
7. Strath Haven (12-3-1, 9-2-0) Last week: No. 4
The Panthers take a major tumble in the rankings due to an 0-3 week after being previously unbeaten. The loss to Haverford was tough, and the ensuing loss to O’Hara less than 24 hours later was a bit predictable because of what Haven had gone through against the Fords, but losing by two goals to Harriton was befuddling. Megan Duffy scored against Haverford and Jessica Borbee had the marker against the Rams, but it’s hard not to be concerned about the Panthers at this juncture. I had Haven ahead of Garnet Valley up until yesterday, but the Harriton loss sticks out like a sore thumb. Still, the Panthers will be placed ahead of the Jaguars in the district tournament, and they’ve got the ability to bounce back.
Dropped out: None. Also considered: None.
– MATT CHANDIK