Trying out a new thing here. I’m sure everyone will be enraged when I snub Player X for Player Y from X’s rival, but here we go. This will be a weekly feature that only takes into account the games played that week from Monday to Sunday, so at least you know now the parameters. An exception for this week because of when the season started, so from the beginning of the season to yesterday for this week.
Bonus points will be given for quality of competition. Additionally, there will be two categories for me to divide this into. Central League and everybody else. However, Conestoga, Lower Merion and Harriton are still ineligible because of, well, you know by now. That way, it makes for a fairly easy to distinguish dividing lines. Consideration is given basically off of the stats reported to the Daily Times. If you’re a defender or defensive midfielder, this does not favor you unless your coach reports that you played out of your mind. Such is life. I won’t forget about those girls when it comes time for All-Delco. Don’t worry about that. Away we go…
Central League Player of the Week
Alex Poplawski, M, Springfield – Let’s be blunt here. Poplawski is the most talented player in the county and she’s on, there’s not much you can do to stop her. The two-time All-Delco started her season with 11 goals and six assists in four games, numbers that probably would be much higher if Springfield didn’t have a few blowouts to its name. She lit up Downingtown West for six goals and two assists in a 14-9 season-opening win. She’ll undoubtedly be back in this spot.
Central League Honorable Mention
Amanda Case, M, Haverford – Pretty tough decision between Case and Poplawski, actually. The Fords senior ripped in eight goals and added an assist in a 16-3 win over Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (Va.). In two reported games, the Lafayette commit has gone off for 10 goals and two assists to lead Haverford to a 2-1 start.
Haley Warden, M, Garnet Valley – The junior James Madison verbal is taking over the role of top gun for a young Jaguars team and doing just fine, thank you very much. She scored four times in the season opening win over Unionville and later added a hat trick and an assist in an 8-7 overtime win over Good Counsel (Md.) and was dominant all over the field.
Lyndsey Britton, D, Radnor – The senior Georgetown commit barely missed out on All-Delco honors a year ago and with her start, she seems determined to not let that happen again. Britton scored once, caused two turnovers, snared two draw controls and scooped up two groundballs, plus played lockdown defense in an 11-10 win over Carondelet (Calif.). That’s how you make it on this list as a defender.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Player of the Week
Natalie Schmitt, M, Archbishop Carroll – Um, check out these numbers and try them on for size. 11 goals and five assists…in two games! Schmitt made the most of the Patriots’ Florida trip, where the team split a pair of games, and had five goals and four assists in a 17-12 win over Oviedo (Fla.). It looks, at least early, like she’s taken her game to another level.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Honorable Mention
Nora McCallion, M, Notre Dame – The Irish are off to a 2-0 start and I’m going to guess some of the credit should go to the Saint Joseph’s commit, who had matching five-goal, two-assist games. She did it in an 18-5 blowout of Hill School and a 9-7 nailbiter over Villa Maria, so she’s not just stat-padding. It’s early, but maybe the void left by two-time All-Delco Kristen Bandos can be somewhat covered up.
Hannah Keating, M, Agnes Irwin – Keating popped in nine goals and dished out two assists in two games for the Owls, who are off to a great start. It’s been a pretty balanced offense for AIS in the early going, but Keating’s seven-goal, two-assist performance helped spark an 18-10 rout of the Hill School.
Lauren Daly, M, Cardinal O’Hara – The junior, who was a swing player last year, made a big impact in the early going in helping the Lions knock off Academy Park, 18-1. She tossed in four goals and handed out a pair of assists and she’ll be counted upon to help O’Hara climb the Catholic League ladder.
– MATT CHANDIK