As promised, I wanted to add the name of Tara Hamilton to the list of five recruits who will be joining the Leopards next season. Tara has played field hockey at the Canadian national level having played on the provincial team as well as at the national games. Tara will join fellow “Vancouverian” Audrey Sawers. It is said you can’t coach speed. Her speed and intensity will be an obvious complement to the Leopard attack. Welcome to all our newest Leopards
I didn’t have a picture of Tara but this video will give you an idea of her skills
Max Sports is reporting six commitments for Lehigh in 2019 but last week Lehigh added on their twitter page two more. The two they reported would certainly fill some gapping holes in this 3-15 team. Lehigh had 19 players on the roster and lost 3 to graduation, so by picking up a net of 8 , it would bring their roster to 24, a reasonable size for a division one program with 18 regular season games. However, that 24 will only include two seniors.
The Mountain Hawks and Leopards met in the first league game of the season and the game was worthy of the rivalry as for the second time in as many years, it went to overtime. This time the Leopards prevailed 3-2. Lafayette had 20 shots and Lehigh goalkeeper was forced to make 10 saves. Regardless of the record, head coach Kaitlyn Dallmeyer appreciates the importance of the “Rivalry.” Next year if the Patriot League rotates the schedule as it has in previous years Lehigh will be the last league game and many of the underclassmen will be veterans at that point.
The two recruits announced by Lehigh and presumably signed NLIs are Maddie Kahn a goal keeper and Abbrianna Gatto an attacker. Last year Lehigh suffered several key injuries, one to their starting goalkeeper, who was lost for four games. Their only replacement was a walk on sophomore.
They also only scored 24 goals against 74 scored against then. They took 180 shots but saw 331 shots in response. Dallmeyer seems determined to improve on that record.
Maddie is a goalkeeper from Ocean City High School and played for WC Eagles as many good recruits have. She seems to be an intense athlete and has impressive physical assets, At 5’10″she has reach and her personal statement reflects her determination. She describes herself as “smart, physical, aggressive and vocal on the field.” She also says one v one she is ” not afraid to go to the ball then use the body to take out someone and protect the net.” Coach Dallmeyer a former all 2007 American GK at Duke should appreciate that.
She was an all league and all American watch list player and a Junior Olympian. In 2018 she made 131 save including 29 saves in her final game in the state tournament.
She is a forward with amazing statistics. She comes from Upper Perkiomen and played for X-Calibur. If you count the goal she scored in a senior all star game she has scored 100 goals in her career. She is a 3 time all state selection and all conference selection. At 5′ and 115 pounds she is speedy and elusive on the field. She also plays lacrosse which is alway good to see in elite athletes as they can use their athleticism in various sports.
The following were listed by Max Field Hockey as Lehigh commitments
Paige is an all state midfielder from Pierson High School on Long. Island. She plays club field hockey for East End. The future engineering major is one of two division one recruits on her small high school team.
MJ was the top defender for Bishop Eustace in Haddenfield while also playing for South Jersey Edge. I could not find any additional stats except to say she is 5’4″ and also ran track. She will be a defender for the Mountain Hawks
Anna comes from the Selinsgrove Area HS in Pa, and played for the PA Power field hockey club. She an All state AA selection as well as all conference. She listed as M/F. Her local paper reports she has scored 41 goals and 28 assists in her career. Anna featured her search on the Patriot League schools before settling on Lehigh.
Sophia played her field hockey at Broadneck High School in Maryland and SPARK field hockey club. She was an All Met defender, all league and multiple all state selection.
Also hails from Maryland and the Bryn Mawr School where she was an all conference selectee. She played her club hockey at TNT. She will probably be penciled in as a defender
Sydney completes the contingent from Maryland coming from the Annapolis Area Christian School as a defender. She played her club hockey at Spark. I will try to add her stats as they become known.
In coming days I will have a summation and impressions of these Patriot League recruits with a general comment on the status of the League. I will also first post some impressive video of. Lafayette recruit Tara Hamilton who did not appear on the Max Hockey list.
If anyone has comments I will gladly see they are posted appropriately.
Four year head coach Lindsey Jackson faces a big challenge where she must find enough talent to replace scorers who supplied 16 of their 28 goals last year. There are four seniors to replace but none is more important than Emily Loprete who scored 13 goals last year and Suzanne Noone who scored 3 more. She does see the return of her outstanding goalkeeper who she found on the ice hockey team in 2016, Marcia Laplante. Marcia stopped 75% of the shots against her and there were plenty. She was required to save 189. shots last year. Lafayette has had trouble beating Jackson coached teams as she had beaten the Leopards 3 times in row before losing 3-2 this year. In those three years the losses to Holy Cross were a factor in qualifying for the PL tournament. Lafayette put 24 shots to Holy Cross’ 7 during last season’s game. The last Holy Cross goal was by Loprete with less than a minute to play.
Jackson has one foreigner on the team and the rumor is she will be hunting overseas for additional talent. For the moment, I could find 2 recruits committed to Crusaders
This Mass. native is from Chelmsford High School and played her club hockey with the Wizards. She is a field player who contributed key assists in Chelmsford,s state tournament run. I have not been able to get some stats on her or a picture I could lift from the internet. I look forward to seeing more about this recruit in future Holy Cross releases.
Is also a Wizard player from Mass. and played for the highly regarded Watertown HS field hockey team. She was named to the Boston Herald all- Scholastic team behind her 22 goal 10 assist 2018 performance. She was also named the Middlesex League MVP. Gabriella is a multisport athlete having played lacrosse as well. She will join her sister Olivia who will be a junior when Gabriella matriculates. Olivia, by the way scored a goal against Lafayette in last season’s match.
Lafayette adds fifth recruit
Lafayette announced a fifth recruit yesterday. From North Vancouver BC, Tara Hamilton. I have some nice video of Tara which I will post next week. She looks like a game changing attacker for the Leopards!!
April Cornell the third year coach for Colgate Raiders will return 23 veterans next year to a squad that had no seniors. Colgate’s record was 4-14 with 0-6 league result. However, they gave Lafayette a good game falling 4-5 on a cold rainy Hamilton, New York morning. It was the most goals scored by Colgate last fall. Although efficient their offense during the season managed only 21 goals for 7.9 shots per game and only 70 corners.
They have to date only 3 recruits that I can discover, one goalie, and two midfielders. That doesn’t mean more are on the way or perhaps are their foreigners in the pipeline to beef up the current squad?
For the moment here are the known commitments:
She will join two other goalkeepers on the Raider team. A Pa. native she will come from Westtown Prep and WC Eagles.
This midfielder/ attacker comes from the very successful Lakeland HS program in New York and played for the Hudson Valley Hockey Club
She is the other Pa native and went to Mt St Joseph and played for Mystx. She will be a midfield/ defender for the Raiders
Jeremy Cook, the ten year head coach for the Bucknell Bison has started reloading with four commitments. Coach Cook has qualified for the Patriot League tournament every year of those 10 years and was in the championship game 4 times. However, winning that final game has eluded his teams. This past season he had a 10-8 record, 4-2 in the league. During the season, they lost to American and Boston in closely contested games and fell in the semifinal game to American by a single goal. Games with Bucknel have usually been very intense matches with the Leopards. In 2017 the Leopards beat the Bison 1-0 but lost to them in the final game of the season this year 4-1.
Cook must replace 7 seniors and according to reports has attracted 4, a Goal Keeper and three field players. He has attracted local talent with four from Pennsylvania.
Claire is Cook’s GK recruit and comes from Shady Side Academy and the WC Eagle field hockey club. She was an all WPIAL selection and was a Junior National Selection and a US National Indoor selectee.
Maddie played her club hockey also at WC Eagles and her scholastic hockey at the nationally and state ranked Episcopal Academy. Maddie trained one summer in Holland and was selected for the futures championships at Spooky Nook. She received the EA Field Hockey Award recognizing her dominant play for Episcopal.
This speedy forward was selected as Main Line athlete of the week several times and scored 21 goals this past season.
Kayla comes from the powerful Emmaus High School program and Firestyx. She scored 19 goals and 36 assists last year. She was in the running as Player of the Year in her area.
Kilie played her hockey at Crestwood High School and Electric Surge. She comes from a Field Hockey family with her sisters playing at other Division one schools. She was named a top scholar at Crestwood with 4.25 average and was an midfielder with the AAU Junior Olympic Team.
All my information comes from public press sources and I look forward for the releases and Bios from the schools themselves. Lafayette, this morning January 2, has begun releasing recruits’ bios.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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
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.
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.