American So Far Has Two Commitments

Needing only two recruits the defending Patriot League Champion returns a very strong group of veterans including All American Noor Coenen. She scored 18 goals of the 50 goals American tallied in 2019. She did it on 91 shots while the defense held opponents to 26 goals. One of the more noteworthy items in American’s statistics is the 58 percent save percentage by American’s returning goal keeper. It is no surprise then, that Head Coach Steve Jennings would be looking to create some additional competition in that spot.

Oddly he may have found two outstanding recruits from the same High School. An all state defender in Emily Horace and Gk Bryn Underwood. Both come from Wilson High School who won the PIAA 3A Championship. Both players played key roles in the championship game.

Emily Horace scored the winning goal in the shootout and Bryn Underwood of course was the GK that held their opponent in the end. This was Wilson’s first championship

Emily Horace

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Emily played her club hockey at X Caliber and was named All State, All County, All conference as well as academic all American. The future defender for American aspires to be a chemistry major.She was also an excellent softball player while at Wilson. Her season ending heroics were not limited to one game as she was a constant key contributor all year.

Bryn Underwood

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Bryn is an all American, all State and all Conference selectee. She plays three sports and is an accomplished musician and singer. Her times in track demonstrate her athletic ability. I have seen several tapes on her and she is everything they say she is. She also played her club hockey at X-Caliber

Bryn is a big time player who plays a high pressure position. She wishes to major in Business and Entertainment. It would not surprise me to see her in the cage at Rappolt Field, when American arrives next season. Perfect fit for a real need by Jennings!!

Tragic News From The Holy Cross Rowing Team.

In the early morning on  January 15 the Holy Cross rowing team was traveling to a practice session in Vero Beach. Sadly, the team van was hit by a truck and a member of the team died as a result. She had just set a world record in her sport. Her name was Grace Rett and she was only 20 years old. As a parent, I can only imagine the pain suffered by her parents. There are several other student who suffered serious injuries but are expected to recover given surgical and other treatment in Florida.

My prayers and thoughts go to those families affected by this tragedy and to the Holy Cross Community.

 

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 25 year fan of Division one field hockey

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