Boston University Will Replace Six Seniors..Four Have Committed

Sally Starr and the Boston University Terriers have four committed recruits to replace their six graduating seniors. The Terriers won the league with a 12-8 record going through the Patriot League unblemished at 6-0. Against Lafayette there were two games that could have not been more different. Despite internal stats in the first game the Leopards lost the first one 7-4 on a streak of of 6 unanswered goals before the Leopards responded with 3 of the their own to add to their first goal in the first half. The second game, the first of the playoff games was entirely different with the Leopards playing the Terriers tough before a goal which ricocheted off a Lafayette defender leg put Boston ahead for the win 2-1 with five. minutes left. Boston ultimately lost to Ohio University in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Defense has always been the hallmark of a Starr team and the Lafayette first  game notwithstanding their 44 goals all season stood up because of their ability to win lower scoring games on the backs of an excellent defense. Boston will lose a fine defenders in Ally Doggett and Ally Hammel as well has their starting GK. They have managed to sign a Goal Keeper and three others before bringing in their usual foreign player from their Australia and New Zealand pipe line.

Caroline Kelly:

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A goalkeeper from Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania and the WC Eagles, is their answer in the cage. While at Episcopal she sported a gaudy 89 percent save percentage. Her coach Gina Buggy described her as ” undoubtably among the very best she has coached,” Gina spent the summer in Holland to refine her goal keeper skills and played overseas for the WC Eagles when they traveled. She is also a the goalkeeper for the ice hockey team. An honor student, she hopes to major in film at Boston.

Rachael Borzymowski:

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A defender who describes herself as a midi and defender demonstrating her ability to score goals when needed. She seems to fit the Starr player mold. She played her high school field hockey at Notre Dame Prep in the Baltimore area and the H2O club team. The pre med student was in the top 100 recruits named by Max Preps and was an all metro team selectee.

Giama Pantaleo:

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Giama is the second recruit from the very successful Episcopal Academy field hockey program. She is a forward who was an all league and all Delco first team selection. She was also a top 100 Max prep selection and was a junior. olympian . In her junior year she scored 48 points and 18 goals. Like her teammate she also played for the WC Eagle field hockey club.

Ellie McIntyre:

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Ellie played her field hockey in Lafayette’s home town of Easton at Easton Area High School. She will be playing on Rappolt Field next year but as Boston Terrier. This talented athlete scored an unbelievable 43 goals last season and 17 assists last year. She scored  136 goals in her four year career. She listed her club team as WC Eagles and x-Calibur. This honor roll student was an all league and all state selection and top 50 max sports field hockey selectee.

 

 

American’s Jennings Goes For Offense With Three In Commitments Or Signings

American University fell short in the playoffs last year losing to eventual winner Boston University by one goal. In addition, The Leopards beat the Eagles 3-1 during the regular season, giving up the goal with no seconds left on a penalty stroke. American loses 6 seniors to graduation and so far American’s coach Steve Jennings has replaced them with 3 mid/forwards. Not only has he to replace 6 roster spots but. he is losing all league and region players in Rubas and Goal Keeper Jacobs. In alphabetical order…..

Haile Arrington:

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Haile has had a stellar career with Worcester Prep in the Delmarva area. She hails from Salisbury Md. and was the ESIAC player of the year. This past season she score 18 goals and 10 assists. She was has received multiple all league and all region honors and was. on the Max Sports players to watch. She is also a National Honor Society member and a member of the National Art Honor Society. She is planning to major in English/ Art at American.

Her press accolades are numerous and her high school coaches have high praise for this future attacker for the Eagles

Isabella Hite:

 

Another m/f Isabella played at Woodson HS and for Rampage Hockey Club. Originally, a soccer player she fell in love with hockey in high school. I am sure Jennings was impressed with her versatility as a three sport athlete, also playing soccer and track.  Jennings though had to be focusing on her all region and state accolades. She sports a 4.03 GPA and has an interest in the stem fields and computer science.

Abigail Krieder:

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This New Jersey native made her mark at Blair Academy. This all state player scored 21 goals and 19 assists and also played the New Jersey Stars. She also found her home at the midfield/forward position . She credits her mom for being her coach from 2nd to 8th grade.

All. three should fit in well to a Jennings attacking style of play.

 

Lafayette Gets Commitments From Three According To Reports…and Fourth Added

It’s been over a month since the official signing day arrived, when recruits can return National Letters of Intent to their college coaching staffs. The Lafayette coaching staff as does most of the Patriot League schools chooses to wait until the class is completed to announce their recruits. There a several reasons. First foreign players tend to commit later in the process. Second, student athletes who have committed at some point change their mind before signing an NLI.

However,  many student athletes prefer to let their decision be made public through the press, their high schools, or club teams. So, the names I have gleaned come from those sources. In additions some personal information will not be revealed until the official announcements are made by their chosen schools. So after a month and a half, Lafayette commitments as revealed by Max Sports, or PhilaFieldHockey follow.

Lafayette will have 5 seniors graduating from their 23 member squad. MaxSports as of this writing is reporting 3 committments:

Natalie Fuertsch:

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Natalie Fuertsch prepares to pass downfield

Natalie will graduate from Owen J. Roberts HS and is a defender for the Pennsylvania school.  She played her club hockey for X-Calibur. A potential Biology major she was an NFHCA HS National Academic Squad member. ” I choose Lafayette because it has a beautiful campus with a lot of new opportunities. The coaching staff and team are very welcoming and have a family like atmosphere which I love . I felt very welcomed visiting the campus and meeting the coaches and the team, ” she states in her article in PhiaFieldHocky. She was an all state player as a defender.

Shea Balderson:

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Shea Balderson looks for the outlet pass

Shea hails from New Jersey and attends Moorestown High School. She played for Mystic Field Hockey Club and is also a defender. This year she scored 2 goals and 2 assists and was named as one of the top 40 players to watch in New Jersey. She was a Group 3 all state player

Sydney. Woolston:

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Also a New Jersey native she attends Eastern Regional High School and plays for Jersey Intensity as a defender. She was also in the Top 40 players to watch scoring 4g and 2 assists this year. She was on the 3rd team all-state team.

Hanna Lewis *******

 

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Just reported in local papers that Hanna Lewis from Cedar Crest High School in Pa. has signed to play with the Leopards next year. I have little information except she is a forward and in one game scored five goals!!  I look forward to getting more info.

If anyone has additional info on any recruits or would like to add to the information I have, they can PM me through this site.

In coming weeks, no doubt there will be additions to this exclusive list from the US and abroad. Lafayette returns a veteran squad and their is no reason why they should not be competing as  a top 25 team and make a return trip the Patriot League playoffs, at least.

Meanwhile I will be reporting on other Patriot League team’s recruits. My last post had Lehigh with 5 commitments, they are now up to six according to MaxSports.

Patriot League Begins To Reload

It has been the practice of Patriot League schools not to announce their signed recruiting classes until the late spring. Even then, there are additions ( mostly late season recruits from overseas) during the summer. But US Club teams and other online resources have already posted commitments of the high school graduates for 2019. Max Sport, a go to resource has posted division one commitments from across the country.

Most Patriot League schools carry 21-23 players on their roster during the season and as seniors graduate ( as they most ofter do in the League), replenishment is on the mind of every coach. There are however some interesting needs and even at this early date, fans can get in the mind of head coaches to see what they are thinking.

First of all, one must keep in mind the Patriot League does not allow red shirts except for medical reasons. So for the most part the career of a Patriot League player is 4 years. Second the NCAA allows 12 equivalencies, total, for a division one field hockey team. Those 12 scholarships will be divided over 4 classes and can be awarded partially to individuals.

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Theresa Delahanty shows her fight competing for the ball

So, in alphabetical order here are the number of graduating seniors, and current roster sizes for each Patriot League team.

American 6/22, Boston University 6/21, Bucknell 7/25, Colgate 0/23, Holy Cross 4/23,  Lafayette 5/23, Lehigh 3/19

According to Max Sports the same schools have received the following number of US commitments as of this date..

American 3, Boston 2, Bucknell 4, Colgate 3, Holy Cross 2, Lafayette 4, Lehigh 5

The numbers suggest several things to me. Colgate will field a veteran team, Bucknell has a heavy lift for the recruiting class replacing some key people, Boston will probably dip into their New Zealand and Australia pool to add to their roster, Lafayette has almost reached their goals but will we see some foreign players later on, and American usually will add foreign players to their roster. Holy Cross has lost key players but must look to replace their very fine goalie.

In the coming weeks, I will try to get a line on each class commitments to date keeping in mind they may have not yet signed an NLI yet. First up, our Leopards who according to Max Sports has 4 commitments.

 

 

 

Lisa van der Geest Named All American

Lisa van der Geest the junior captain of the Lafayette Leopards was named to the third team all American squad. Lisa has been a starter and mainstay of the Lafayette Field Hockey team ever since her arrival on college hill. She is the second Lafayette player to be named to an all American team in the last three years. Amanda Magadan ’17,  now with the US National Team, was named to the same squad by the NFHCA after the 2016 season.

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Lisa surrounded by her teammates after the Holy Cross game

As one of three from the Patriot League selected this year, ( the other two were Ally Hammel from League champion Boston University and Rafaela Rubas of League runner up American University), Lisa was a key member of the Lafayette squad that made a late season run for the title, and qualified for the League tournament, only to lose to the eventual champion Boston 2-1. It was the first. time since 2015 the Leopards have appeared in the post season.

Van der Geest led a defense that allowed just 13 goals in the last seven games. The Oegstgeest, Netherlands native was also tied for the team lead in scoring. She has been a three time all-Patriot League defender and an all-Academic  selectee. Lisa had game winning goals against Drexel. and Colgate.

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Van der Geest has no doubt where the ball was being hit!!

She has always impressed me with her leadership on and off the field. To me, Lisa was like a “coach on the field,” directing and urging on her teammates. She rarely leaves the field of play displaying amazing fitness and value to her team’s results. Lisa is a winner in every respect, and a student of the game. She evokes competence and leadership as a person and as an athlete. Unlike the other two Patriot League selectees Lisa van der Geest will be back next year, as the Leopards will challenge for a League championship.

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Lisa steals the ball against Lehigh

She is an intense competitor and her leadership is infectious. Lisa deserves every accolade and we all look forward to her final season next year as a Leopard. Well done Lisa!!! You have already defined “Success” for this team.