The Off Season Is When Change Happens

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We are now closing in on the preseason spring practices for collegiate field hockey, but as the preseason is a season for change, that seems to be happening around the nation. Coaches will continue to add to next season’s roster, and coaches are  beginning to migrate. USA Field Hockey has become part of the season of change, as they are amending their partnership with Spooky Nook.

The original agreement was signed in 2013 for Spooky Nook to become the home training base for U.S. Women’s Field Hockey. Sam Beiler founder of Spooky Nook Sports commented,” As the needs of USA Field Hockey national team have grown, USA Field Hockey’s needs have changed, and we have jointly decided that the Nook may not be able to accommodate all of those needs moving forward.”

Simon Hoskins the CEO of USA Field Hockey, thank Mr. Beiler and the Nook for their support….”We are happy that our relationship will continue in the future through the Nook’s hosting of select USA Field Hockey events.”

USA Field Hockey will be playing their FIH games at UNC’s Karen Shelton stadium this season ,and will train at the Olympic training facility in Chula Vista, California. In the meantime the management will be looking for a new permanent training facility for the future as they prepare for the 2024 Olympics in Paris and hosting the Olympic  games 2028 in L.A.

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Coach Stone with Amanda Magadan and Sarah Dalrymple at Spooky Nook

Sarah Dalrymple Decides To Take The Head Coaching Job at Moravian

Sarah who joined the Leopard Coaching staff several years ago from Hofstra played field hockey at Temple where she was a strong goalkeeper. At Lafayette, that’s where she found her home, coaching our cage minders. Not many people know this, Sarah originally came to Temple as a field player but jumped into GK position when there was a need and was their defensive MVP.

Sarah has been a loyal and effective coach. I am glad for Sarah and know she will tear up the Landmark Conference. Best of luck with the Greyhounds!!

Bucknell Adds Another Recruit

Bucknell has announced that Sydney Ponagos from John Burroughs High School in St. Louis Mo. will join the Bison. Sidney was a first team all conference midfielder.

Who Won The Recruiting Wars So Far In The Patriot League

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All league midfielder Ana Steps will return to the Lafayette mid field

Ok, we are now past the New Year and many of the Patriot League field hockey teams have announced their new incoming classes. While the classes will not be complete until the end of the spring, we could start to see who filled needs and who didn’t. Last year, most “experts” agreed that Boston University may have brought in the best class. However, Boston didn’t even make the playoffs, although they did have some stars who had a impact.

Jodie Conolly, a freshman midfielder from South Africa was named rookie of the year and garnered all Patriot League honors. She led all freshmen in points and points per game. But having a great individual year doesn’t necessarily, guarantee team results. A lot depends on the mix and how they are used by coaches.

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Audrey Sawers did what was needed all season and especially in these final two games. No doubt a future star!!

Last year’s Lafayette freshmen class saw plenty of action, as the season progressed, and injuries became a key factor. The coaching staff should be applauded for their efforts in getting these freshman ready to play. Even during the Patriot League championships injuries kept key players on the sideline, but Lafayette developed a bench that filled in admirably. Coach Stone has a reputation of a strong teacher of individual skills and she and her staff built the skilled bench that was ready when needed.

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Molly McAndrews challenges a Bucknell mid

No, there were no Lafayette freshmen on the all League team but they played key roles in Lafayette’s late season run.

American will certainly be the preseason favorite come this fall, given their plethora of returning talent including offensive player of the year Noor Coenan. They will have to play at Rappolt field this year and I expect they will see a strong Lafayette squad at the ready.

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Freshman Tara Hamilton will see Boston U at home next year!!

Yes, the Leopards will lose the talent and leadership of their graduating senior class, but I see talent not only in the returning squad but in the incoming class. So who has an edge?? The top four or five teams will be competitive. I expect Boston will be there as will American. Bucknell always seems to find a way. Lehigh is starting to scare me and those one goal games can be nerve racking.  Lafayette will be ready, and I see a stronger offensive squad in the process of building. The defensive line is solid and goalkeeping will be ready as well.

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Freshman Sydney Woolston was part of the stout Leopard defense!!

We are about 8 weeks from spring games, with the first test against LaSalle on March 29th at home, followed by Penn State, a tournament at Delaware, Albany at home, and finishing with Drexel at home. All of these will have no incoming freshman but it will be a great opportunity to see the core of the team in action!!

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.

 

Colgate Will Graduate Two Seniors

 

Colgate University will only be graduating two seniors and as of today they have commitments from two for the incoming class of 2020. The coaching staff has traveled to Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to add to their, what will be a veteran squad. Colgate won three games last year and only scored 20 goals, so coach Cornell will be looking for her squad to improve their goal production next year. She has two commitments both of whom come from winning programs and both midfield/forwards.

Aaliyah Linfoot

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Aaliyah is from Exeter Township in Pa.  and was schooled at WC Eagles. She expects to be a Biology major while playing forward for the Raiders. According to reports she was an all county selection and showed her athletic diversity by playing gymnastics and basketball. In 2018 she scored 11 goals and had 3 assists.

Ella Corbett

 

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Ella hails from Massachusetts. and the Bromfield School. She played her club hockey at North East Elite. In 2018 she scored 22 goals and is going to help Colgate at the midfield or forward position.

There are no other commitments announced for Colgate but we will keep alert for more as the spring commences.

Boston Has Four Recruits So Far To Reload In 2020

After having a down season and not making the PL playoff for the first time since joining, Sally Starr is replacing two seniors with four recruits for the 2020 season so far. She will have a veteran team highlighted by all league and all region selections in Alia and Jodie Conolly ( no relation) who together accounted for nearly half of the 35 goals scored last year. The recruits are spread close to home in Massachusetts and as far away as New Zealand.

It was thought that last year’s class was among the best in the Patriot League and I am sure Coach Starr is hoping that potential shows itself next year.

Kate Thomas

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Kate is a goalkeeper who last year played for Samuel Marsden Collegiat in New Zealand. She was selected for the U 18 capital squad after playing in the first 11 at Marsden. After that I had to do a little digging. Kate moved her Junior year to New Zealand and was playing for Windy City in Illinois where she was on the travel squad. She will now be returning to the  states to Boston.  It looks like Coach Starr is creating competition for her freshman starter from last year.

Brooklyn Lamb

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Brook looks like a great “get” for Boston. If the name sounds familiar around Boston it should be. Ainslee Lamb was the former Head Coach for Boston College and her Dad is the Asst Coach of Harvard’s Football team. The 5’6″ midfielder was lauded by her coach at Natick High School as a once in a lifetime athlete. She cited her stick skills and devotion and hard work.  Brook was a Bay State all star four year running in addition to being named MVP for her division. Brook also played for Northeast Elite Club team. She is her team’s captain and a consistent honor roll student. She looks like an ultimate impact player for Boston University

Tess Csejka

 

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Tess played 3 sports at Amity High School in Connecticut, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey and Golf and excelled in all three. She was got MVP for her conference tournament in light of her outstanding play at forward. Her club hockey is with HTC. She will no doubt compete for playing time at the forward position at Boston.

Madison DiPietro

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Another Bay State native played her field hockey at Central Catholic  and the North East Elite Club. She was selected as the MVP for her conference by the Eagle Tribune and was identified in the Top 50 by Max Field Hockey. The 5’4″ M/F has been active in the USA Field Hockey pipeline.

 

 

 

Holy Cross Goes To Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts To Reload

 

Holy Cross will be graduating five seniors this spring but none more important that Marcia LaPlante their excellent goalkeeper. Coach Lindsey Jackson seems to have a strategy to go to very successful programs to pick recruits that know how to win. To do that there are reported commitments from Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts. She will also need to improve her goal production since they only scored 29 goals last season. The Crusaders have not yer reported their NLI signings yet, which indicates to me there may be more coming. There big goal scorer is junior Micke Kooman from the Netherlands who scored 1/3 of the goals all season. Jackson has tabbed another GK who hails from the  Boston area which means she again will carry three GK.

Ryleigh McComas

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Ryleigh hails from the very successful Garrison Forest School in Maryland and also played for the Freedom Hockey Club. Garrison plays a very tough schedule even going out of state from time to time. They always seem to be in the hunt for the IAAM championship which they won this past season. They were ranked 24 in the nation by Max and 4th regionally.

Aside from Field Hockey Ryleigh runs the 800 meter in track during the spring. But Field Hockey is where she excels. The midfielder was the team captain of these champs, and was second team all metro selected by the Baltimore Sun. She started every game for Garrison.

Haley Davis

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Haley is another midfield defender from Maryland. She was first team all conference and a Maryland all state selectiion. She will graduate this spring Severn High School and played for the Sparks Field Hockey Club. She is a two sport athlete playing Lacrosse as well.

Brooke Ross

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Brook will be a freshman Goalkeeper. She went to Winchester High School in the Boston area. She was also Captain of her team and a League all star. She highly competitive and has play field hockey even before high school. She says she likes the GK position because she likes to be in middle of important plays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kylie Hampton

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Kylie is a New Jersey native who played for the Oak Knoll School, another very successful  program. She hails from Summit New Jersey and will be a midfielder or defender at Holy  Cross. I was unable to find more stats on her but I am sure the coaching staff in Worchester will be providing details soon

 

 

 

Lehigh Has Two Commitments So Far

Having taken a huge class last year I have only been able to find two commitments for Lehigh to date, Abagail Brown M/F from Ridgeway Regional in New Jersey and Jujia Gatelein M/F  from Bishop Eustace also in New Jersey. Although only two have shown up it is not beyond comprehension that Lehigh could add several more before the class is closed out. However, Lehigh is returning a veteran squad who will only graduate one senior this spring. The highlight last year was the upset of Boston University in the last game of the season! Lafayette was able to beat the Mountain Hawks at their place in a 1-0 night game earlier in the season.

Abagail Brown 

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Abagail hails from New Jersey and will graduate from Kingsway Regional High School. She is a 5’4″ M/F all conference player who scored 22 goals last season and 22 assists. She was also a third team all state mention. She was also team captain. She was with the Uprise field hockey club.

Julia Gatelein

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Julia M/F also come from New Jersey will graduate from Bishop Eutace was also team captain and first team all conference as well as all south jersey. She scored 31 goals last year and 20 assists. She is also a player for WC Eagles.