Field Hockey: Who should be the preseason No. 1?

Should All-Delco Marissa Cicione and Cardinal O'Hara be the No. 1 team in the initial Super 7? TIMES STAFF/ERIC HARTLINE

Should All-Delco Marissa Cicione and Cardinal O’Hara be the No. 1 team in the initial Super 7?
TIMES STAFF/ERIC HARTLINE

I’m starting to put together my first Super 7 of the year (yes, already!) for our preview and it had me thinking. Who’s the best team in Delco, at least to start the year?

Cardinal O’Hara brings back a lot, namely senior All-Delcos Marissa Cicione and Grace Boston. All Cicione did last year was tie for the Delco single-season goals record with 45 and both she and Boston collected 55 points. Defensively, fellow seniors Gabby Rowe and Lauren DelRomano will be a wall in front of a very good goalie in senior Liz Piszker. But it remains to be seen whether the Lions can finally get over the hump put up by a certain rival in Radnor. Archbishop Carroll brings back standout senior defender Becca Zamojcin and have had the Lions’ number in recent years. Does that trend continue again despite another coaching change?

Notre Dame's Moira Putsch will be back to terrorize goalies again this year.  TIMES STAFF/JULIA WILKINSON

Notre Dame’s Moira Putsch will be back to terrorize goalies again this year.
TIMES STAFF/JULIA WILKINSON

Should Notre Dame be at No. 1? They bring back a player you may have heard of a time or two in three-time All-Delco and reigning Daily Times Player of the Year Moira Putsch. The senior already holds the county career goals mark with 86 and co-holds the single season record with Cicione despite only playing 2 1/2 seasons. Yes, we’re certain that this is her final season. No, seriously. For real this time. She did lose All-Delco running mate Emily Faught, but with a more than capable goalie in junior Gabby Carlini, maybe the Irish can make more noise in the Inter-Ac.

Defending co-Inter Ac and PAISAA tournament champion Episcopal Academy will always be in the running. TIMES STAFF/ERIC HARTLINE

Defending co-Inter Ac and PAISAA tournament champion Episcopal Academy will always be in the running.
TIMES STAFF/ERIC HARTLINE

Maybe Episcopal Academy is more your cup of tea. EA got hit hard by graduation, but coach Gina Buggy is one of the area’s best and always has talent at her disposal. Sophomore Margaux Paolino figures to improve on last year’s 17-goal, 13-assist rookie campaign and senior All-Delco goalie Gianna Pileggi led Delco with 15 shutouts last year. The Churchmen always play stifling defense and seem to peak at the right time.

Will Tess Horan and Haverford defend their Central League title? TIMES FILE ART

Will Tess Horan and Haverford defend their Central League title?
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Maybe one of the public schools is the team to beat. Haverford lost three-time All-Delco Jess McCarthy and fellow midfielder Morgan Druce, among others, but Tess Horan is back for her sophomore season and junior goalie Katie Wyman is looking to build off of a fantastic postseason run.

Garnet Valley is a force to be reckoned with, too. Senior Katie Keyser has been one of the area’s top scorers for the past two years and junior goalie Hailey Valerio blossomed down the stretch last year. Strath Haven took a shot from graduation, but big things are expected from Kristen Baschoff and goalie Caroline Boyd. Might the Panthers be the team to beat? Will someone unexpected show up and spoil everyone’s party?

You tell me in the vote.

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5 thoughts on “Field Hockey: Who should be the preseason No. 1?

  1. Consider Upper Darby field hockey. They may have lost forward, Charlotte Cornell, midfielder, Katie Dwyer, and Defender Bridget Rush but hey they did go 9-8 and have a heck of a defensive and forward line

  2. Matt Chandik is incredibly one sided in favor of O’hara. When do you ever read of Arch. Carroll’s players (3 of which are committed to play at UVA)? Incredibly cliche that this is even up for debate when Matt already has his favorite. His articles clearly reflect O’hara favoritism and it’s extremely obvious to me who Matt is looking out for this season. O’hara has an incredible squad but Carroll has defeated them for the title 3 years now and even O’hara was talked about more on the delco times article about the Carroll victory. Not only has Carroll come out on top 3 years now, not one of those years did carroll have mvp of the league and very few even made the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team. Matt can debate this topic but we all know he will write about O’hara til he’s 95… even though episcopal and notre dame have far more talent.

    • Pretty early to break out the accusations of favoritism. Going all-in very early this year. The only problem with that is that, well, facts don’t really add up.

      Here’s a story on Megan and Katie Kelly committing to Virginia.
      http://delcotimes.com/articles/2012/03/02/sports/high_school/doc4f51af941f6a1166774363.txt

      No O’Hara player got a commitment on the blog or in the story.

      Here’s the story on Carroll winning the PCL with quotes from Becca Brosious, Becca Zamojcin and Katie Kelly. I think – not 100 percent sure – that those are all Carroll players. If that’s a one-sided story toward O’Hara, then I suspect there won’t ever be a story tilted toward Carroll.

      http://delcotimes.com/articles/2012/11/04/sports/high_school/doc5097471578e9e425132055.txt?viewmode=fullstory

      An earlier story about Katie Kelly leading the way in a 4-0 rout of Radnor.

      http://delcotimes.com/articles/2012/10/18/sports/high_school/doc5080d9a50827f303939927.txt?viewmode=fullstory

      In my two years on the beat, I’ve chosen five Archbishop Carroll All-Delcos. Katie Kelly x 2, Kerri Hunt, Maddy Lesher (also selected as a lacrosse All-Delco by Carroll-hating, uh, me) and Megan Kelly. Cardinal O’Hara has had four. Grace Boston x 2, Marissa Cicione and Carlie Spaeder. I’m no math whiz, but five tends to be more than four.

      As for the all-league and MVP teams, I have exactly zero input on that. None. At all. Whatsoever. So if you have a problem with PCL MVP and all-league voting, perhaps you should take it up with the people who vote, considering that voting doesn’t include me in any way. But knock yourself out if you want to rip me for stuff I have no control over.

      O’Hara brings back nearly everybody this year, so yes, it will be rated highly to start. As always, the rankings will change throughout the year as teams win and lose against each other. I’m interested in seeing how Carroll bounces back from graduating two really strong classes.

      P.S. If EA has sooooo much more talent than O’Hara, how did O’Hara beat EA – at EA – last year? Oh.

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