Field Hockey: Super 7 No. 5

Katie Keyser, left, and Garnet Valley fell to Conestoga, but the Jaguars stay at No. 3 in this week's Super 7.  TIMES STAFF/ROBERT J. GURECKI

Katie Keyser, left, and Garnet Valley fell to Conestoga, but the Jaguars stay at No. 3 in this week’s Super 7.

The top of the Super 7 stays largely intact, but it’s toward the bottom that things start flip-flopping. This is, as usual, through Saturday’s games. If your record is wrong, it’s probably because I’m missing games from your team, so there’s that. Last week’s Super 7 can be found here and the latest statistical leaders can be found here.

1. Notre Dame (10-0-0, 5-0-0) Last week: No. 1

Only one game for the Irish as the showdown with Episcopal Academy got whacked because of the rain, but it was a good one for Notre Dame in a 7-0 rout of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (which, by the way, takes way too long to write). Anyway, reigning Daily Times Player of the Year Moira Putsch scored a hat trick to give her her third 20-goal season, while Sophie Graeff had a goal and a pair of assists. ND’s defense has been so good in the past two games that Gabby Carlini has collected two shutouts without having to make a single save. Not bad, right? 

2. Episcopal Academy (11-0-0, 5-0-0) Last week: No. 2

Stupid rain, always ruining everything. Similarly easy week for the Churchwomen, though, as they breezed past Baldwin, 6-0. Lexie Curry popped home two goals, Margaux Paolino scored for the 10th straight game and All-Delco Gianna Pileggi recorded her 784th career shutout (rough estimate) without having to make a save. Standout junior midfielder Christy Palazzese committed to Duke. I’m hoping to have more on that later this week. So yeah, all told, pretty solid week for EA.

3. Garnet Valley (12-4-0, 8-1-0) Last week: No. 3.

Not the greatest of weeks for the Jaguars. They were denied a Central League crown via a 3-2 loss to Conestoga that featured a brutal interesting call on what should have been a game-tying Katie Keyser goal, then were later surprisingly held off the scoreboard in a 2-0 loss to West Chester East. Life outside the Central League hasn’t been as kind to Erin Fidler‘s group as the Jaguars only boast a 4-3 mark in nonleague play and they’ve been shut out three times in that span. Brittany Talley and Dana Davis scored against the Pioneers and Davis has quietly become the team’s leading scorer with seven markers and 14 assists.

4. Cardinal O’Hara (11-3-0, 8-0-0) Last week: No. 4

The Lions played Strath Haven in the rain and needed overtime heroics from Jess Randazzo to edge the Panthers, 2-1. Randazzo doesn’t have the same gaudy stats as some of her teammates do, but she comes through in big moments pretty frequently. Two-time All-Delco Grace Boston also scored against Strath Haven after hitting up Bishop McDevitt for a hat trick in a 9-0 rout. All-Delco Marissa Cicione did the same against McDevitt, while the likes of Lauren DelRomano and Gabby Rowe have made sure goalie Liz Piszker is never too busy (seven saves in two games).

5. Strath Haven (11-6-0, 7-3-0) Last week: No. 7

Stock trending way up for the Panthers and a big reason for that is/was Andrea Govannicci. She provided Strath Haven with all the offense it needed in a 3-2 win over Haverford – those two teams LOVE each other – to take over third place in the Central League from the FordsAlex Bonser and Lucy Mester chipped in assists, while Mester scored in that 2-1 loss to O’Hara. There was also a 6-1 drubbing of Penncrest during the week. So, to recap, win vs. previous No. 5 and taking No. 4 to OT gives you a solid boost in the rankings.

6. Agnes Irwin (10-2-0, 3-2-0) Last week: No. 5

AIS has pretty much firmly entrenched itself as the No. 3 team in the Inter-Ac, which is very impressive. Mady McLennan led a 4-0 rout of Penn Charter with a pair of goals, while Heather Crosby scored her first two goals of the season in a 4-1 victory over Germantown Academy. Sophia Tornetta had a pair of assists vs. Penn Charter, as did little sister Julianna against GA. The bump down a spot has pretty much everything to do with Haven playing well. Nothing against AIS.

7. Haverford (9-6-1, 6-3-1) Last week: No. 6

Tough sledding for the Fords in the past week or so. It started out well thanks to a 2-0 win over Harriton – Tess Horan and Waverly Datner supplied the offense – but then the Strath Haven and Downingtown West losses took away some of the luster on the Fords. Jenna Bergstrom scored twice against the Panthers and Horan and Gill Ross handed out assists, and then again, there’s really not much shame in losing to the Whippets. I still think this team can do some major damage in the District One tournament, especially given Katie Wyman‘s big-game credentials.

Dropped out: None. Also considered in alphabetical order: Archbishop Carroll, Radnor, Ridley.

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