A day late, but oh well. I’ll try to usually have this Mondays. Here’s a Player of the Week rundown.
This won’t be nearly as long as the boys post if only because I already went over the Garnet Valley-Good Counsel game (game story here) and the Cardinal O’Hara–Academy Park game (three links), so you can get your fill of those games there.
But for some other tidbits, here we go…
Odds and ends from around the county
I hate to burst anyone’s bubbles in the Catholic League, but it’s going to take a pretty significant upset and turn of events for Archbishop Carroll to not claim its 13th straight league title. The Patriots beat Oviedo (Fla.) before playing Florida power Vero Beach to a two-goal loss. Carroll already had enough firepower to start with, but adding Radnor transfer and Dartmouth signee Taryn Deck only adds to that. She got her Patriots career started with nine goals and four assists in two games, while All-Delco Natalie Schmitt tossed in 11 goals to go with five assists. Hard to imagine anyone in the PCL being able to match that.
No reigning Daily Times Player of the Year Katrina Geiger for Haverford? Doesn’t seem to be a problem in the early going, mostly thanks to Amanda Case. Case came out on fire and scored eight times…in one game in a 16-3 win over Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (Va.). Case was a good second option for the Fords last year, but if she can maintain her success, she’ll minimize the impact of that loss. Hannah Breslin‘s lone goal of the year was huge in an 11-10 win over Norfolk Academy (Va.) as it proved to be the winner.
Agnes Irwin will find out just how good it is against Episcopal Academy tomorrow, but no one expected a 2-0 start from the Owls, especially not with five freshmen and two eighth-graders in the starting lineup. Hannah Keating has 11 points, including nine in an 18-10 win over Hill School, which is pretty darn good. Bridget Chakey, who probably feels like the elder stateswoman of the team as a junior, has 10 points. Can this team be a viable threat to end EA’s Inter-Ac dominance?
Central League play starts tonight and does so with a bang as Strath Haven travels to Garnet Valley at 7:30 in a rematch of last year’s state title game. I stopped by the Panthers’ practice Monday for a preview that will run this week and it’s safe to say that this one means a little bit more than most regular-season games. The thing to remember, though, is that beating the Jaguars isn’t the be-all, end-all. The rest of the league is way too good to focus on one game, especially with Springfield on the docket Thursday. The league is ridiculously stacked with five or six teams having legitimate shots at a state title. How will it unfold?
Game of the Week No. 1: I just mentioned it, but I’ll be there tonight as Strath Haven tangles with Garnet Valley. I like the Panthers’ depth to take over this game and I think Hallie Yancey comes up with a big game in net. Morgan Glassford and Kirsten Wilhelmsen will get theirs, but so will Garnet Valley’s Haley Warden and Ashley Pyle. Who will step up to make the difference?
The pick: Strath Haven 13, Garnet Valley 10.
Game of the Week No. 2: Man, what an appealing game in Montgomery County as Springfield travels to Harriton. I love the Rams’ aggressiveness and athleticism, a feeling that’s echoed across the league, and their team speed will give everyone fits. On the other hand, two-time All-Delco Alex Poplawski and the Cougars are scoring goals like they’re going out of style, so expect a high-scoring affair between the teams. Courtney O’Connell will make a big save or two to win it late. I’m going with Springfield.
The pick: Springfield 14, Harriton 13.
– MATT CHANDIK