Many apologies for not being able to crank out a blog post in a while. That’s what happens with a loaded postseason as both the field hockey writer and basically the backup volleyball guy to go with football games. Anyway, it’s crazy to think that Delco is down to four teams still playing this year, and only one of those teams, Cardinal O’Hara, is eligible for the PIAA title. Three of them — Agnes Irwin, Episcopal Academy and Notre Dame — are still playing because the Inter-Ac is scheduled to finish its season roughly around June or July. Only kidding, but that’s the way it seems like sometimes.
There’s a new Delco career goals leader…
and it’s Notre Dame junior Moira Putsch. The two-time All-Delco broke the career mark of 81 goals set by Interboro’s Arlene Lowthert in style, scoring four times in a 9-0 rout of Baldwin. That gives her 43 on the season and 84 for her career. That 84 numbers is all the more impressive when you consider it’s been accomplished in two-and-a-half seasons after Putsch missed significant time as a sophomore with a torn ACL.
“I had no idea I’d ever get the chance to get something like that,” Putsch said. “I’m just so lucky. I couldn’t have done it without the school I went to and the players that I’ve played with. I never could have imagined that, especially after tearing the ACL. I’m just so honored to get any kind of acknowledgement, and it wouldn’t have been remotely possible without my teammates.”
More extensive research will need to be done to determine how far Putsch is from the Delco record for career points, but she’s got to be close. But that’s not important to her. Something else is, though.
“I just want to try to win the PAISAA tournament with my team,” Putsch said.
Make it three in a row for Carroll
Lions vs. Patriots
There’s plenty of bad blood between Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O’Hara, and it was again on display during Sunday’s Catholic League title game. Both teams seemed intent on figuring out just how much physicality was going to be allowed by the refs – and both probably went over that line a few times – but it made for a thoroughly entertaining game. The Patriots took home their third straight title with a 1-0 win when All-Delco Katie Kelly scored off of a corner from her twin, Megan. If you want to call that a mild upset, knock yourself out. The bigger upset, though, was Carroll holding the explosive Lions off the scoreboard. O’Hara had never been shut out this year, but Becca Brosious came through with a great game, and Becca Zamojcin was among a tremendous group that limited the Lions’ chances. That included one (!!!) shot in the first half. Usually O’Hara has two shots by the time is 2 minutes, 30 seconds old, so the Lions had to do something right. Brosious might have been the only person to not be surprised with the whitewashing.
“Yeah, I expected it in a way,” said Brosious, who stopped four shots, but none bigger than a point-blank save on All-Delco Grace Boston with around 2:30 left. “Not trying to be cocky or anything, but in a way, I was hoping we could do it, and I’m glad we did it because in the other game it wasn’t a shutout. I’m glad we got to.”
A big part of that shutout was because of a great gameplan from Carroll coach Deb Brown, who moved some players around to neutralize O’Hara’s speed. Simply put, the Lions are Delco field hockey’s version of the Oregon Ducks football team. Against some teams, it can look like they’re playing in fast forward while everyone else is in real time. But Brown putting Zamojcin at center mid, along with a few other changes, payed great dividends. It allowed the junior Virginia commit to be all over the field and shut down scoring threats.
“Everyone was just way more calm,” Zamojcin said. “We knew that they were fast. We changed our lineup around. We just knew what to do this time.”
Unfortunately for the Patriots, their season ended Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Donegal in the opening round of the AA state tournament despite Megan Kelly’s best efforts. The Virginia commit scored all three goals, but Carroll was undone by a penalty stroke in double overtime. Still a great season for the Patriots, and they made sure that the PCL hardware stayed in Radnor Township again.
The Lions have a shot to stick around, though, in the AAA tournament. They’ve got District One’s No. 4 team in Wissahickon Thursday at 2:15 p.m. at Bonner-Prendergast after Wednesday’s game was postponed. The Trojans struggled with D-1 champion C.B. South to the tune of a 4-1 loss, and when they’re on, the Lions are just as good, if not better, than the Titans. If it can forget about the Carroll loss, the District 12 champion has the horses to make it far.
Haverford nearly makes it to states
Central League champion Haverford made the longest run of any public school this year, but the Fords came up just short of punching their ticket to a state berth by losing to Central Bucks South and West Chester Henderson by matching 1-0 scores. It was very surprising to see the Fords get held off the scoreboard for two consecutive games, considering it hadn’t happened since an 8-0 loss to Notre Dame in the second game of the year. On the flip side, though, there wasn’t much more that the defensive trio of Hannah Beck, Gillian Ross and Kim Carden could have done. That group stepped its game up as the season wore down, and while Beck and Carden graduate, having Ross as an experienced returner will do wonders for Haverford in 2013, as will the return of goalie Katie Wyman. Simply put, Wyman was spectacular in the postseason, especially in defeat. After conceding two goals to both North Penn and Strath Haven, Wyman stopped 29 of the next 31 shots fired her way and kept the Fords in games when they were basically just treading water. Despite losing a talented senior class, Haverford should be at or near the top of the league again next year with their returners and a returning head coach for the first time in five years.
They won’t have two-time All-Delco Jess McCarthy back, though, but what a final impression the fiery midfielder left in her final games as a Ford. Despite playing on an ankle that required extensive taping to play and an enormous brace to walk, McCarthy still found a way to stand out in all aspects of the game despite being at what couldn’t have been anything better than 50 percent. College football has its Heisman moments, and maybe McCarthy had her Daily Times Player of the Year moment when she scored with seven seconds to go to send Haverford to overtime with Strath Haven in the second round of districts. Big-time players come through in the clutch. That’s what McCarthy did. Even though I wasn’t in attendance, “surreal” seemed to be the word of choice to describe the goal by those I spoke to.
If you’re a frequent visitor to the blog, you may have noticed the college commitments page. If you’re a player or know a player that’s committed to play field hockey at the collegiate level, regardless of Division I, II or III, let me know so I can add you to the list. You’ll notice that Garnet Valley has a pair of seniors committed to Kent State University in Julia Schoonover and Giulz Antignani. For Schoonover, playing for the Golden Flashes has been a dream of hers since she visited the school as a sophomore. There was a lot of smoke that Antignani would be headed to Saint Joseph’s, but she instead opted for KSU. I caught up Schoonover to discuss her commitment.
“It’s a really good teaching school, and I’ve been obsessed with Kent State since I visited as a sophomore,” Schoonover said. “I just love it in general. It’s like my second home. I was looking at a bunch of other D-1 schools, but I just loved it there.”
Schoonover finished the season with seven goals and four assists for a Jaguars team that made it to the second round of the district playoffs before bowing out to Mount Saint Joseph. The W.C. Eagle aims to become an elementary school teacher before moving on to be a principal, so KSU’s teaching programs were a big selling point. So was the opportunity to play with Antignani, someone she’s played with since the two were in seventh grade.
“We started in seventh grade and now we’re ending it together,” Schoonover said. “We’re probably going to room with other athletes, but it’s still nice.”
The Golden Flashes are only bringing in four recruits for the 2013 class, something that appealed to Schoonover. There’s also a chance to play early, which was a factor, too.
“I’m trying not to redshirt,” Schoonover said. “I can play anywhere.”
I’ll have more on the Inter-Ac when the schedule becomes a little clearer, plus stat leader updates by week’s end. The next Super 7 will be the one that accompanies the All-Delco package.