Angelella and McAndrews Play With The Best At The YWNC

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Angelella gets ready in position on the offensive corner

What a better time than Father’s Day weekend for hockey dad’s and mom’s to see their daughters compete in an all-star  hockey format. There are 138 elite athletes competing for a chance to play for the United States on one of its high level national teams. There are players from a variety of Division one teams from across the nation. Sprinkled throughout the stands were parents, siblings, teammates and friends wearing a mixture of tee shirts, hats and tops from a plethora of schools. Lafayette was privileged to have two of its own on the turf, Junior Grace Angelella and sophomore Molly McAndrew.

Forgetting previous honors or affiliations all were equal as they competed on 8 teams in a 20 game tournament. Forgetting the purpose of the event, the hockey was entertaining and played at high level. All the games were played under the new rules for the fall collegiate season, and US Field Hockey added one additional test. Coaches were not allowed to coach in the first quarter each game, while the players were encouraged to solve their own hockey problems on the field.

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Angelella ready to recieve the ball

We traveled to Spooky Nook, the home of US Field Hockey, Friday and Saturday, seeing both Leopards perform a full game each day. Originally, McAndrew and Angelella were to play on the same teams, but Molly was moved to the “Pride” team at the last minute because they were short players. Friday, the two teams played at the same time so watching both in its entirety was impossible. Therefore we opted to watch Grace’s team,”Freedom” on Friday and Molly’s team Pride on Saturday.

Freedom and the Patriots put on a display of intensity in the Friday match. They played at a  skill level, which belied the fact the teams had one practice together that morning. Passing was especially accurate, and they moved the ball up and down the field with ease. Grace Angelella at mid-field fit right in. She was involved in a lot of play from her starting midfield position and became a key contributor, using her considerable talents. Both teams had a hard time finishing, but I thought Freedom had the better of the action when Taylor Blood ( yes, from Patriot League Boston University) connected on an off-target insert during a corner  with seven minutes remaining giving Freedom the 1-0 win. On the second day, while we concentrated on Molly’s game with Pride, Freedom got their second win on a 3-1 victory over team Courage. They currently lead Pool A with six points and a goal differential of 3.

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Molly McAndrews shows classic form

Molly McAndrew meanwhile met on Friday with the US under 19 squad and lost 4-1 in their first game, but from our point of view it reenergized as we watched them win the second game played on Saturday by a 3-2 margin. Molly saw lots of action as she started in her customary attacking position.  Pride seemed to dominate play for each of the 4 Quarters. Dream ( their opponent) scored first in the second quarter and Pride responded by hitting the post twice. It took another quarter to even things up. It was in the fourth quarter when things were opened up on a penalty corner early in the fourth quarter. A third goal was to ensure the win with a rebounded shot. Dream was to get within one as they connected late in the game on a penalty corner of their own to end the scoring, giving Pride the win and third place based on goal differential as of Saturday night.

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McAndrews recieves the ball on the run

The weather was perfect for field hockey with a mixture of sun and a cool westerly breeze.  Today, on Father’s Day will no doubt see the stands filled with justifiably  proud”field hockey Dads.” It looks like Tuesday, games will be live streamed for those of you who would like to watch.

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Some familiar fans expressing obvious pride from the sidelines. (Marty and Sue McAndrews)

 

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63 Days And Counting

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Greta Kulby in Germany with new teammate Lici

Now that graduation has passed and final exams are done, our favorite Leopards have spread to destinations all over the world. There is exploration of all kinds going on. Whether it be athletic, academic or an internship to sharpen skills and provide contacts for eventual employment, I am sure our athletes will find the skills of teamwork, time management, perseverance and leadership valuable commodities to their eventual employers in the future.

Their experiences this summer will be varied, but will no doubt enhance their multiple resumes. We have already seen Audrey Sawers earn her first international caps in Ireland, witnessed by her friends and teammates in Dublin, Liza Welch who was traveling, and Sophie Carr who lives in Ireland. I got an email from Sue Kullby,  Greta is studying in Germany, and she attached a picture of Greta with her new teammate Lici. Greta also hopes to contact Lisa Van der Geest in Holland and Ana Steps in Germany before her return to the states.

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There are a number of Leopards at school doing research with their professors, one I hear is involved with an NIH a research grant. Others are taking courses to enhance their education at Lafayette, and try new things. However, Hockey remains on their minds. Tomorrow, my wife and I will take a drive out to Spooky Nook to watch Grace Angelella and Molly McAndrews participate in the Young Women’s National Championships.

 

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I understand members of the team regularly get together for informal captains practices to keep their skills sharp. Head Coach  Jennifer Stone no doubt has given them a fitness regimen to follow, and I am sure they all have early August in mind, as they rigorously follow its carefully prescribed exercises.

It is 63 days until the first scrimmage and we are all anxiously awaiting!! Go PARDS

Angelella And McAndrew Set For Young Women’s National Championship

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Sophomore Grace Angelella reaches for the interception

Rising Junior Grace Angelella and rising sophomore Molly McAndrews are set to travel to  the “Nook” for a chance to be selected to the US  U21 team, US Women’s National Development Squad or the US Women’s National Team Trial. Phil Edwards, Senior Manager of Junior High Performance is quoted:

Looking at the caliber of players selected, the level of coaches who will be there to support them and the balance of the teams it promises to be an excellent tournament!!

The 144 selected elite athletes from across the United States will begin play on June 14 and play everyday until the final games Tuesday June 18. They will be playing and training at the national training headquarters at Spooky Nook in Lancaster, Pa. The selectees will be split into 8 teams, coached by a variety of college coaches from around the country. The eight teams form two pools. and  based on the their records they will play final games on Monday and Tuesday.

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Molly McAndrews closes in on a Quaker

Both Leopards, Grace and Molly will play on the same team, Freedom, coached by Richmond Head Coach Jamie Montgomery  and asst UNC coach Mark Atherton. They will be joined by fellow Patriot League opponent Taylor Blood from Boston University. The rest of the team is populated with stars from colleges and universities  from across the United States including the NCAA tournament final two competitors, UNC and Maryland. They will also have players, from nationally ranked teams such as St.Joes, Virginia, UConn, Rutgers, Ohio University, and Delaware. It is also populated by Ivy Leaguer Columbia and out of conference Lafayette competitor Drexel.

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Grace Angelella speeds down the sideline

Each team will have a practice under the Dome some time between 11 am and 2pm on Friday and games will begin at 3pm. Freedom, Molly and Grace’s’team will ply outdoors at 3pm against the Patriots that same day. Saturday, they will play at 11 am, on the outdoor turf against Courage, and Sunday, they will be third on the outdoor turf against Honor at 3 pm. Monday and Tuesday game schedule will depend on the outcome during the previous two days.

All games are free for spectators for the entire tournament. I will be there for several of the games and will certainly report on the outcome via this blog. It is less than two months before preseason begins and this is a great time for hockey fans to get a feel for the fall season approaching. Best of Luck to our two Leopards!!

 

 

Audrey Sawers Earns Four Caps With Canada U-21 Team

Audrey Sawers started every game with the Canadian U21 team this weekend as the  team earned a third place medal in the friendly  team  tournament. Audrey earned her place on the team last year being observed by Canadian National team coaches in an all-nation tournament last summer.

This week end she played defense for her nation’s team who had two shut outs. They earned their third place finish after getting a goal in the 36 th minute on a penalty corner. The defense stepped from there on to deny their opponent, Scotland,a chance to tie it up.

While at Lafayette she played the midfield. She has started every game of her career at Lafayette after a distinguished career in high school. She will certainly be a key component in Lafayette’s NCAA division one fall campaign, as they compete in the Patriot League and hope for that mandatory spot in the NCAA national tournament.

Supported along the way she has received encouragement from her teammates at home and in the stands in Dublin. We are anticipating her return to Rappolt Field and helping her teammates to challenge for the Patriot League championship this fall.

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Audrey greets her teammates Liza Welch and Sophie Carr as they arrive to encourage her in Dublin

 

Lafayette Has Two Selectees For 2019 Young Women’s National Championship

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Grace Angelella zeroes in on her target

USA Field Hockey announced the athletes who have been selected to compete in the Young Women’s National Championships. This competition is used to select players for the various US National teams. It is a group of 144 elite female field hockey athletes which includes current under 19 team members. During the spring, select athletes tried out and trained at various centers around the country. The 144 athletes will have an opportunity to be selected to the 2020 under 21 team, the US National Development Team, or a trial for the U.S Women’s National Team. The five days of competition will be at Spook Nook from June 14-18.

Grace Angelella and Molly McAndrew Selected

Two players from Lafayette have been asked to participate. Rising Junior Grace Angelella and rising Sophomore Molly McAndrews have been selected to this elite group.  Both have participated in last year’s event, so both will have an advantage of having been there before.

Both teammates are dangerous once they get in or near the circle. Grace has had two outstanding years, missing only 1 game during that period. She is a very good distributor and has a good nose for the goal. During her freshman year she tied for the lead in team scoring with five goals. In her sophomore season she scored four goals from the midfield position making key goals against Lehigh and Villanova.  She is an intense competitor and will always be found in a position to make an impact.

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Molly McAndrews fights for the ball

Molly McAndrews was no less spectacular in her first season in Division one field hockey. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team as well as the rookie of the year in the league. She scored seven goals and was the difference maker on a number of occasions, scoring a pair of goals in the win against American, and had the overtime goal against Lehigh. She was named rookie of the week 3 times and offensive player of the week once. She seemed to get better as the season progressed  showing she has a deadly shot once in the circle.

The Patriot League had a total of 7 selected for the tournament off their current roster. Boston had 3 of the six ( Kiley Gallagher, Elizabeth Ryan and Casey Thompson), Lafayette had 2, Bucknell had 1 ( GK Olivia Harris), and American had 1 (Josie Formica).

This is another indication that Lafayette should field a very good team this fall. GO PARDS.

Audrey Sawers To Play For Canadian U-21 Team

 

 

Audrey Sawers no sooner laid down her pen and bluebook after final exams, did she begin her journey to represent Canada on their Under 21 team. This rising 19 year old economics major will play tomorrow in Dublin Ireland at 16.30 local time against India in the first match of a four team tournament which includes a game against Scotland on Saturday at 16.30, and Ireland on Monday at 15.30. The medal games will be on Tuesday at 13.30 and 15.45. The tournament will be played at Pembroke Wanderers HC in Dublin.

Sawers has played in every single game of her career for the Leopards. The tall athletic midfielder will be playing defense for Canada. She earned the spot on the Canadian team in a series of games last year in Toronto and was picked by the national coaches having observed her first hand.

Sawers is a natural athlete having been named female athlete of the year two years in a row at her high school. Like many outstanding athletes she has played a variety of sports while starting on her field hockey team. Her sports included basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track and field!! She was named MVP in her provincial FH games.

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Athletics seem to be a family trait with an uncle who played football at the University of British Columbia, another uncle rowed for the University of Washington, and cousin   played rugby for the University of  Victoria.

She has been a key starter for the Leopards and one of my favorite players to watch on the field with her reach, speed and courage always on display. She wears number 16 for the Leopards but her red and white uniforms will display the number 22 as she shows her versatility on defense for Canada.

She will undoubtably be a key weapon in the Lafayette arsenal this fall. There are  2 team members who have qualified for the for the Women’s National Championship which will be staged at Spooky Nook in mid June. ( I will divulge their names tomorrow!)  The Championship could lead to selection on national teams. It is believed the Leopards will suit up 7 freshmen this fall to add to an already talented squad. The excitement is building!!

US Defeats China 3-1 In Physical Contest

Magadan plays key role in win

The US picked up the first 3 points in FIH competition Saturday night by beating number 10 ranked China 3-1. It was the defense that was the deciding factor as they turned away China’s 13 corner opportunities. It was the nine corners in the first half  that were turned away that set the tone for the evening.  China had four corners in first quarter alone. It was that  corner defense that stood tall for  the large home crowd that cheered them on all night long. Kelsey Bing , the US goalie, was credited with 17 saves and was named MVP of the game. Janneke Schoopman, the US Coach was pleased with her team’s performance, saying she believed all along we’d have a chance against this Chinese team and declared after the contest, “Sometimes it falls your way and today it did.”

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Amanda Magadan get ready to receive the ball

Lafayette alumnus Amanda Magadan started the game and played key roles on at least two goals. On the second goal by Laurean Moyer she was able to bring the ball forward and slip the ball to Anna Dessoye who found  Moyer in front of the goal for the score. Magadan was all over the field playing her usual game, countering the hard physical play of the Chinese.

The first goal was scored by Dessoye  as the ball got behind the Chinese goalkeeper after a hard shot by Captain Kat Sharkey and Dessoye was there for the tap in.  The most dangerous score in hockey  is a 2 goal lead,  but it was the third quarter goal that was to make the crowd less anxious. That third goal was a rocket at 5:37 in the third quarter, which Linnea Gonzales delivered, to put the game away and making it 3-0. China was to score in the fourth, but were unable to do more, giving the Red, White and Blue the victory.

I spoke briefly with Simon Hoskins, the Executive Director of USA Field Hockey before the game. He praised Amanda Magadan saying how pleased he was to have her on the team. ” She can play any position on the field and her competitive spirit is a great asset.”

It was a fine endorsement for Amanda, which was echoed  by Head Coach Shoopmann on other occasions. Amanda mentioned to me that she will be at the Lafayette Camps this summer to help coach and promote the game. It will be an opportunity to take advantage of her attendance, and meet this fine athlete and outstanding graduate of Lafayette College and pick up some pointers in the process..

Some PL Schools Have Published Schedules

Boston U’s Schedule is out, and Lafayette will play them in Beantown at 12 on Oct 5. They will play UConn before us and Penn on the 6th. They will be playing Princeton at BU on the 20th

Bucknell has published their schedule and they will meet Lafayette at Lafayette On Oct 26. They will play Colgate before our game and  Penn State after.

Temple has us at Lafayette on Oct 13 at 1 pm

Colgate has just. posted their schedule they will be in Easton Sept 28 @ 12 pm

Liberty just posted their schedule and Lafayette will be in Lynchburg Va on Sunday Sept 8 at noon

Penn has posted and we will play them at Penn on Oct 27 at 2 pm

App State had us on their schedule on Friday Sept 6 at 7pm in Lynchburg, so a weekend in Lynchburg with two games.

Monmouth will be Easton Sunday Sept 29 at 2pm!!

Holy Cross Sept 21 1 pm @ Lafayette ( recognition of 1999 PL champions

Providence will be at Lafayette on September 13 at 7 pm

I will keep a lookout as schedules get published. The only other schedule I saw was Maryland’s and Princeton’s and we are not on either.  American will meet JMU at Maryland  on Oct the 13th and will play Maryland on Oct 29 at American.